Battle Creek - TRAIL

Battle Creek - Trail, St Paul, Minnesota

These trails offer a wide variety of riding levels. From beginner to Expert. The trails are mostly singletrack with there being two sections of trails split in half by battle creek road.

User Reviews (38)

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internate75   Cross Country Rider [Apr 06, 2008]

I live Right next to the trails and use them almost every day.Sometime feel like I'am up north or something but than ride up to one of the bluffs and can see downtown st paul "sweet".I would have to say these trails are perfect.Noticted some people come from all over town to bike here.Glad I almost live right in battle creek park.

Customer Service

Hop on my bike head don the hill from Mcknight townhomes left on lower afton right onto the best biking in town.

Similar Products Used: Gateway trail.
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5
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4
Dua   Weekend Warrior [Sep 09, 2007]

This trail shouldn't be call a mountain bike trail. It should be nothing more than a dog trail. Don't waste your time, energy, car gas and odometer,...and your bike tire tread. I regreted I even been there, twice. Sure, there is a trail map at the Battlecreek Park parking lot but no matter how good you can navigate you will still endup on a dog trail with dog crap on your tires and face.

Customer Service

None whatsoever. Junk.

Similar Products Used: Lebanon Hill and that trail in Savage.
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1
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5
Egonz   Cross Country Rider [Aug 30, 2007]

It has been a while since anybody posted a review of this trail, and I saw some of the so so comments. Probably good because it keeps people away.

But, this trail is absolutely wonderful. The kind of park that I want to ride everyday. Go here at least a couple of times a week. The climbs are nice and steep, so wonderful workout. A couple of really nice switchbacks. Plus, about six expert level downhill parts where you have consecutive solid drops. For those that just want standard cross country, there is some of that. So, this trail is as good as you are going to find in an urban area - think of it as interval training. 1/3 solid climbs, 1/3 flowey yet short downhill with pretty technical natural terrain, and 1/3 cross country singletrack in between. You can get about six miles in a loop, so do it and do it again.

The only downside of this trail is that you have to go around the whole park a couple of times to find which way you want to ride it because there are three parts worth riding if you start at the trail head off of 61.

Customer Service

Start out off of 61 again - any negative comments below are because they rode the wrong trail - the non-biking trail that is intended for dog walking and running. This trail (the one you should stay the hell away from) is right off of valley creek and not off of highway 61/

However, you do need to get familiar with this trail to ride it the right way. If you don't, you will run into some climbs you will have to walk since you will be going uphill for what is intended is technical downhill.

Start off on the switchback south of the 61 trailhead. Once you climb up keep riding east until you come to battlecreek rd and cross it. Right there you will find classic mtb trails with a switchback, then take a right until you go around a trail that will take you right back to battle creek road. Serious fun, with three technical components, quick up and downs, and a climb that will get your legs tingling.
Then head back across the street then take the downhills to the 61 trailhead. You have two options - either one is challenging, with one longer and more flowey and another which is about seven consecutive small drops that are easy to do an endo on if you get a little nervous.

Similar Products Used: afton, lowes creek (eau claire, wisconsin about an hour and a half away), lebanon hills
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5
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4
Ryan   Cross Country Rider [May 15, 2007]

This is a great trail for the intermediate to advanced rider. The trail is a system of interconnecting paths, so it does take a few times to find your way unless you ride with someone who knows the way. It is a mix of single track and cross-country ski trails. There are some fast flowing sections, some switchbacks, and a couple of short steep climbs/decents that test your climbing/decending technique.

You can visit www.morcmtb.org and search the forums for Battle Creek posts. There are more directions there to help you find your way. There are also tips, trail condition info, and a gps map of an example path.

Customer Service

Start at the Battle Creek recreation center which has a parking lot next to the grassy cross-country ski trails. Head up into the woods and explore. Use the website listed or ask someone there where to go.

Similar Products Used: Theadore Wirth, Lebanon Hills, Salem Hills, Minnesota River Bottom (East side)
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5
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4
Appitite4Destruction   Weekend Warrior [Oct 15, 2004]

I agree with Dave's summary. I decided to check this trail out after reading a cupple of good reviews on it. When I got there I found it very confusing to find the trail. Everything except the mountain biking trail was marked. I've heard that the land manager wants to or wanted to shut the trail down due to people cutting new trails and stealing signs.... is there still a trail here... some of the trails that look like good mountain biking are marked as dog trails. I kept to the southern part of the park, and didn't get a chance to explore the northern part of the park, which I heard is more technical. I'm not sure I'll go back anytime soon to explore it, unless I get some directions on where it's located.

Customer Service

Not sure, southern part of the park was mostly short warm-up trails, not anything that gets your heart pounding. You may want to explore the northern part of the park for a more challenging course.

Similar Products Used: N/A
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3
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1
Scott   [Oct 13, 1998]

I submitted the trail but i'm sure a lot more people will be able to tell you more about these trails. I would say they are some of the most used trails this close to the Twin Cities. They also hold a race in the summer (the battle creek blast).

Customer Service

Same as above but turn LEFT into the parking lot.

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5
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SDR   [Oct 28, 1998]

I love this trail, It has alot of singletrack (5-10 miles) for a trail so close to a major city. There are some technical downhill drops and leg shredding climbs. Plus they have a race series in the summer.

Customer Service

I take 94 east bound to McKnight Rd., go south to afton rd. (4 way stop) take a right and you will see the baseball diamonds take a left and go to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Lebanon hills, terrace oaks, Bloomington river bottoms, Fort snelling south
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4
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MountainBike God   [Feb 08, 1999]

Tons of single track. Hi speed XC-skiing loop. New single track every month.

Customer Service

Same as above

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5
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Z-MAN   [Feb 12, 1999]

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BIKING AREA'S IN THE ENTIRE STATE. YOU CAN RIDE FOR HOURS AND COME BACK FOR MORE.

Customer Service

ANY TRAIL IN THE AREA, ESPECIALLY THE SINGLETRACK ON THE CAVE SIDE.

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5
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berrywise   [Feb 24, 1999]

These are the primary trails that I ride in the summer.
It's hard to give a detailed route of some of the better
trails because they criss cross all over. Your best bet
is to just give yourself some time to discover the area.
Don't forget to cross the road to get onto the other side
for some more great singletrack. On the otherside explore
the trails on down on the other side of the creek. You can
get some good training out of some of the loops if you learn to
connect them right.

Customer Service

Same as listed.

Similar Products Used: I would rate this as an area for any level of biker. Depending on where you ride and how fast you want to go. If you want someone to help you find your way around drop me an email I'd be more than glad to meet up for some biking.
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5
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