Holzinger Lodge - Trail, Winona, Minnesota

Holzinger Lodge - Trail, Winona, Minnesota

DESCRIPTION

Partly ski trails, some singletrack. Look for the cement cistern. Mostly expert off the ski trails.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 17, 2014]
jonshonda
Weekend Warrior

Took a 1/2 day off work to ride this...glad I did. If you park at the Holzinger lodge, go directly back into the woods and turn left. I made the mistake of looking at the map and thinking Lumberyard was a bike trail..NOT!! I get to the base of the bluff and look up the the trail, "this is a mtb trail...wft!! " It is not, strickly hiking, but if you want a real challenging climb, and very narrow benched singletrack...have at it.

After I decided this was NOT a mtb trail, I bombed back down the hill and headed over to the correct trails. I saw a trail, and started climbing that, because it had rained the day before, and I am by no means a good climber, I only made it a few hundred yards before I could take no more. Steep, techy, lung busting, leg burning climb. I resorted to walking up, and came across a nice lady coming down. "I've never seen anyone to UP this trail before" DOH..."well, I like to try new things I guess".

She pointed out that cistern trail is what most climb up to the top, and that this trail and the Quarry Trail are what people descend on. She did comment that Quarry was quite techy, but it went in one ear and out the other. I made it to the top, and bombed around the Wild Wood loop a few times. Some decent technical rock/root sectons with tight trees, and a few AWESOME views. I couldn't believe I was that high above Winona.

The singletrack at the top is very tame compared to the climb I did on the way up, and to what I was about to experience on the way down. I decided Quarry Trail would be a good way to end the day, and I was wrong. It is a great trail, lots of rocks and roots, the lady was 100% on point about the technical riding. It really challenged me, but I am not a super technical rider by and means. Because I was alone, I decided to jump off the bike when it was a little to hardcore for me. It think if it was more dry, I would have attempted more sections.

Fast forward to my crash down a steep section, and torn front brake line, and the walk down the rest of Quarry trail was good. I have to give it up to the locals, if you guys are cleaning these climbs and descents, I bow down to thee.

It is worth your time to go, but have your climbing and descending pants on and you will have a blast.

Customer Service

Holzinger lodge parking lot, take a left on double track
Head up cistern trail
Ride Wild Wood loop once, take in the views.
Descend down the Black Diamond yellow trail (no name, look at the map)
Ride back up QuarryTrail
Bomb as fast as you can around Wild Wood loop
Descent Quarry Trail
If you make it to the bottom clean up and down Quarry, I will give you my address, you come kick me in the nuts.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 30, 2006]
jberg_21
Cross Country Rider

Great trail, switchbacks could use some work due to some wash outs. The initial climb might get you but the downhill single track after that is a blast. Bueatifull views of the river and city once ontop of the bluff. The views are worth the ride alone.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 06, 2006]
stelloh99
Downhiller

these trails arent that hard atall its just endurance no technical things. it was pretty fuin the first time though.

Customer Service

idk

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lacrosse human power trails on grandads....u have to bike there i say the difficulty is med-hard...the sighns have the black blue green on them so u can go off them....but BOB is a very fun tachnical trail u love lots of logs anf other things its ur trail...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 06, 2006]
stelloh99
Downhiller

these trails arent that hard atall its just endurance no technical things. it was pretty fuin the first time though.

Customer Service

idk

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lacrosse human power trails on grandads....u have to bike there i say the difficulty is med-hard...the sighns have the black blue green on them so u can go off them....but BOB is a very fun tachnical trail u love lots of logs anf other things its ur trail...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 29, 2005]
JimBroDirtMagnet
Cross Country Rider

Found the trail much fun. The climb up loosended a couple of critical screws on my bike but a good samaritan at the neighborhood on top of bluff supplied some tools to fix-er-up. Nice views of Winona and Ol' Miss river from the top. It is well manicured singletrak with a couple wooden bridges and only a few spots that are overgrown. The problem I found with the trail is that it has absolutely no signage except for the entrances and it is a maze of trails. I believe I rode up the intended down track and down the intended up track. I was determined to ride down a different way than the path I rode up but three times ended up in the same spot -it was like a mountain biking version of the twilight zone.

Customer Service

take the gradual hill up, the steep one down. Follow the signs that aren't there and you wont have a problem...

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Lebanon Hills, Eagan MN

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 12, 2003]
Sam
Cross Country Rider

Great climbing and some really tricky singletrack. The lower portion is wider (double track) which leads to the single track. There are few trailmarkers so I was never sure if I was on the right trail, but that sort of made it fun. The view from the top is superb and well worth the climb. I was able to get 10 miles in by riding the loops at the top. A great ride especially considering this is the Midwest, not the Rockies. Thanks to the fine folks in Winona for making this trail possible.

Customer Service

Read the other reviews. STAY RIGHT and you'll find your way to the top.

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I don't know any others in this area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 08, 1999]
LoFe

been waiting for someone to post this trail. while I was a student at WSU I rode this trail several times per week. the roller-climbs heading up from the lodge (rightmost trail) will wake up your legs and the scenery on the way up to the top loop will wake up your mind. FUN! the lookouts at each end of the upper loop are great for pics. the climb from the cistern is kinda narrow and slightly off-camber, but can be middle-ringed. be sure to call out a "heads-up!" as you round the big rock (about halfway up on the cistern climb) since there's no room for error and a long way down if you don't catch a tree.

I seem to remember that a lodge-cemetary-cistern-upperloop-cistern-lodge loop was more than 4.5 mi (took my roommate and I about 40-45min), but I could be mistaken.

Customer Service

begin at playground equipment (northernmost clearing along service road), take either trail south (low trail stays flat, high trail has rollers) to lodge clearing. At lodge, bear right and you'll have rollers (mostly climbing) to an obvious hairpin/turnaround point. 3 choices from here: right trailhead leads to rocky grannygear climb, staying left will give you a fun DH back to the lodge, and starting left but taking first available right will take you behind the cemetary.

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Hidden Valley (a.k.a. Cherry Hill), and there's also a quasi-legal way to get from the Garvin Heights lookout all the way over to Sugarloaf and back down...a fun little trip with a couple 5-7' drop-in opportunities.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 08, 1999]
Jim

Lower loop is a great introductory ride. Several routes exist that will get you to the top of the bluff, quite a challenging climb. Here is where the treasure is, tight singletrack that crisscross the entire bluff. Countless varieties of routes exist. Try them all.

Customer Service

Heading southbound on highway 61 take a right turn at the Huff St. intersection in Winona, take another right onto Lake Blvd. Holzinger Lodge is a little over a mile down the road on the right hand side. Signs now mark the trailhead.

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Check out www.angelfire.com/az/divergant for some more trail maps, will be up soon.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 11, 1999]
Jon

These are some of THE BEST trails in the Midwest. Those that can compete with Holzinger are only a 45 minute drive or less away.

Challenging singletrack and great rollers. This trail
offers a little bit of everything for all riders. True there are trails in the Midwest that are longer, but they aren't nearly as challenging.

Helmets are a must so do not go out without one. Please act responsibly out there as well. This is the type of trail that when you pass another rider you say "Hello" and when you meet up with other riders at the lookout you chat. Keep it that way.

There is a detailed map located at Adventure Cylcle and Ski that was done by local college students for a class using GPS tools. The number of the shop is 507-452-4228

Customer Service

Do the whole thing if you are an experienced rider.
Novices should stay on the lower trail and if they decide to hit the upper section to avoid the route to
the quary since it has claimed a couple collarbones of
even experienced riders.

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Along HWY 61 are some of the best trails in the entire Midwest. Starting in Red Wing and going down they are as follows:

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 03, 1999]
BORGPET

Virgin visiters might want to ride this trail during daylight hours. Night riding this loop is like Valley Fair on crack (watch for dear at all times). If you took one cool section from every trail you've riden and put it all together, you would have Holzinger. Big-city additiude can be left at home. Greetings, tubes, and tools should be shared at all times. Riding this trail with a pack of your best bros is the best time of your life. Long live the hard-left on the Sugar Loaf decent. Damn job took me away from my home here. I miss this trail. Makes me smile when I think about flying through wet ferns.

Customer Service

Start at lodge. Take the "High Rollers" to the cistern, take a right onto the singletrack climb. Pass the "Gall-stone" (watch for the old dirty bastard), climb "Petes Dragon" until you are on the top of the river valley. Always take right turns when you are riding on the top. This will give you the longest and most fun combination of dirt delight. Make sure you hit: fern gully, roast one at the lookouts, hit the root of all evil, check cable guy, salad bar(if you're going to get stuck in a rain storm this is a good escape route), and finish it up in the air at the low rollers. By the end you'll be drooling at 35 mph with a smile on your face.

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Meteor showers are best viewed at Cherry Hill.

OVERALL
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5
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