Milaca City Trails - TRAIL

Milaca City Trails - Trail, Milaca, Minnesota

great variety along with some very technical sections. There is one Big loop with many little loops off of it. trail length depends on the loops you take. The main point where all trails depart and return. this is Sky Hill, two major downhills with about 2 main loops, one big one and one little tight, fast, technical and dangerous loop

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Rick   Cross Country Rider [Apr 04, 2013]

One of the first trails I rode, 2001-2002.I lived in Milaca at that time.I've been riding in Nevada for the last 8 years,but I have very fond memories! Good trail,lots of diversity.Look forward to coming back soon.I would rate it 6 out of 10.Maintaining the trail has always been a challenge.

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3
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3
Jaribou   Weekend Warrior [Sep 10, 2011]

First experience was yikes... Serious Maintenance is required for these trails to be useable. Please don't cut hay on the trails either, makes it really hard to ride through a hay feild.

Lots of potential, needs some activity and wearing in and these trails could be really cool. But current conditions made the trails near unrideable.

*Also, Ich Weed on the "West Loop" was really unpleasent since we were as far from the enterance as possible. :(
*East Loop had trees down everywhere, luckily my wife and I can portage...
*Rum River Runs and The Pines were actually really nice...

Similar Products Used: ELK RIVER... Only thing remotely close...
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2
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2
aph72   Cross Country Rider [Aug 18, 2008]

I've ridden this trail a few times. The most recent time was memorial day weekend 2008. This was probably too early in the season to hit this trail. So that probably affects my review. Anyway, it was really muddy, I ended up riding flat ground in the granny gear with lots of mud packed up on my tires. There was alot of pollen on the ground too. I think the local "stabilization pond" (open air toilet), leaches into the ground because the mud smelled like crap. Also the locals ride their horses on these trails and they are covered in road apples and horse hoof potholes. The trail didn't seem to be maintained as there were alot of low hanging branches to scratch your shoulders and back. A good chunk of this trail network is double track and dirt road. That's a negative for me. Also, Milaca is a farm town in the middle of nowhere with a population of 2000. The slack-jawed locals will stop what they're doing and stare at you like you just stepped off a spaceship. There is absolutely nothing to do in this town, except fill up your car with gas and leave. I did not have any fun riding this trail. If I happened to be driving through this area in August or September I might check it out again.....maybe.

Customer Service

Ride it all, at least then you can say you've "been there, done that".

Similar Products Used: Maybe continue up 169 and check out the Cuyuna Lakes trails in Crosby.
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1
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2
Team Hawkeye   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2006]

Hit this trail diving between work sites. I will make it a point to come back. Very fun. The loose rock/sand hills and switchbacks got the best of me several times. It is a mosquito farm like the earlier post. Don't stand around - even with bug spray. Worth a drive from the Twin Cities for sure.

Customer Service

Rode once - hard to recommend a route

Similar Products Used: Memorial Trail in Redwing
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4
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3
Seth Petro   [Feb 13, 1999]

excellent trail rangeing from easy to very technical. main loop is excellent for beginners yet will keep the most experienced occupied. have fun and watch out for trees. Remember, ALWAYS!!! wear a helmet, you'll use it.

Customer Service

take the first singletrack headed north and follow it to the main hill, there's a little fire pit there, watch out for glass. Take one of two extreme downhills. Follow that around and back to the top. when you get back to the top, head back out and just before you get back out, take a left on a trail and follow that around, that leads to the big loop. Or if you have low endurance, go to the top again, only take the trail going south west. this is the technical loop. there are a lot of tight turns, fast downhills, and many pesky trees that get in your way.If you want more info, email me.

Similar Products Used: Afton Alps is a good place. Coon Rapids dam is ok, very easy trails, but it can be fun.
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5
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Lou   [May 09, 1999]

I do not know the optimum route to take through this tangle of trails, but I do recommend taking a Saturday or two to explore. This place has some really fun trails, especially if you like to ride (race?) with a couple of friends...playing keep-up here is a blast. Keep an eye open for the painted stumps and rocks that could cause some hurt.

Customer Service

see above

Similar Products Used: ?
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5
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J.J. Trails   [May 09, 1999]

Very fun trail to ride. Great for all skill levels. Yes, watch out for the orange marked wheel eaters(stumps, rocks etc.) or you'll know you hit em. Best trail I've found in the surrounding area.

Customer Service

From the beggining, go through the posts to your right,follow the road to a path up a slight hill to your right, that will take you to a good beggining point, the meadows, where you can warm up b4 hitting the hard stuff. Follow the paths from there to "the pines", "the river run" etc. all in all about 13 miles of trails now with about 7-8 more planned soon. Great races there also. Skill level runs the scope from easy meadow riding to very technical "sky hill" section.

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5
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Jamie Molitor   [Jul 05, 1999]

My trail riding is limited in Minnesota...so I can't rightly compare it to other Minnesotan trails but in the Midwest this is one of the best I've ridden. It has something for everybody and you can easily spend most of a day (as I have) out on the trails having fun. The uphills n downhills will kick your ass if you're not careful, especially if it rains. Bring your bucket n use it!!!!!

Customer Service

I tend to start out the same as the race does...crossing the old rr bridge across the Rum River n riding the entry road till you find Dead Man's Run on your right hand side. After that...have fun is all I can say. There are little branches off here n there throughout the course...at the end of the Rum River Run you'll have a choice between Beavers Ridge n a trail that goes down hill across the river again. Go down the hill n check out the trails back there. Especially the bog monster. It is a RIOT back there n keep your eyes peeled for a nesting pair of bald eagles. Not only do you get a righteous ride by some excellent scenery to boat.

Similar Products Used: To be honest...not much. Maybe the Quarry Park trails in St. Cloud or the Talahi Quarry trails also in St. Cloud. But compared to Milaca...they're sooooo small n lacking.
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5
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dani   [Jul 26, 1999]

I rode 12 mile loops on these trails for the Rum River Blast MTB race this year. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day and thus the trail was a freaking muddy mess. I must of pushed my bike through nearly a quarter of the race. Of course, I never would have ridden this trail under these conditions for the fun of it!

It is a pretty cool trail, being 100% singletrack and with plenty of technical obstacles such as rocks, roots, and steep drops with sharp turns. It has a reputation for being slippery, so watch out if there have been any recent rains. Let's put this trail into perspective though. There is no real climbing here (at best about 50 ft. elevation change), and the surrounding terrain is not spectacular. Thus, I don't think it deserves 5 stars.

Customer Service

Sorry, not familiar enough to describe well.

Similar Products Used: Not much of anything in the vicinity, although I here something is brewing in Monticello.
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4
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Bruce Coffman   [Oct 12, 1999]

NICE WORK to all those involved in the creation and maintenance of this trail system. The singletrack is prime, with plenty of fun and challenge at every turn. The initial descents off of the main hilltop are a trip. I rode this trail today (mid-October '99) and my only suggestion is to have someone rake the trails every morning to uncover the rocks and stumps hidden beneath the leaves. Actually the fallen leaves made for more suspense, and added to the ride's beauty and character. When riding these trails stay off of the brakes as much as possible--the fun is in the speed and uncertainty...

Customer Service

Follow the initial singletrack which jets to the right off of the railroad grade and ride up to the first big hill (with the multiple trail meetings and fire ring), then choose one and go nuts. Don't back away from the bombing descents--they're a blast.

Similar Products Used: Last time I was in town I rode Battle Creek and The Minnesota River, both fun for different reasons but not in the same class as Milaca.
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5
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