Northern Star Trail - Trail, Grand Forks, Dakota

Northern Star Trail - Trail, Grand Forks, Dakota

DESCRIPTION

This trail has several components; woods riding, open grassland, flowered prairie, and some marshy areas. The "existing" trails were partially reclaimed from old hiking trails and paths to a defunct ski hill. These paths are almost entirely hard packed clay which is not the best when wet. THe local MTB club and IMBA have been working on building new trails, and reclaiming a few miles of what was once horse trails on the west edge of the park. For now (transition period as of fall 2001), there are clearly marked hiking/nature trails which are off limits, but it is possible to hook up a 7-10 mile loop using the horse trails, which are not officially designated as anything as of this posting (check on their status by calling the Ski & Bike Outdoor Adventure in Grand Forks 701.772.5567). The new trails being cut are open during construction, and expect to see up to 2-3 miles of new trail and one new bridge by summer 2002. Trails are fast, with only maybe 100 total feet of elevation difference. Watch for hikers and families, shout or bring a bell for blind corners. The trail surface is usually good in all conditions, especially after the clay sections are abandoned and allowed to grow over. Season is from late April-early May through the first snowfall or two in late October-early November. Fall colors are very good. Some wildlife are evident, such as deer, waterfowl, fur bearers, owls, hawks, reptiles, and the park's streams are stocked with trout each season. Camping available, both primitive and full hookups. Picnic shelters, playground equipment, and rental cabins. The State Park website underestimates the total mileage of the MTB loop, but their other info is current.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 03, 2004]
death2life
Cross Country Rider

Well, what can I say? This trail has to be worth something, as it's the only mountain biking that I know of around the Grand Forks area. It's not bad, but it's not much either. IMBA has done a great job with enhancing this trail in the past few years in cooperation with The Ski and Bike Shop of Grand Forks, which has made it a more enjoyable ride. If you're going to ride here much I'd suggest getting a year park pass, as it is much cheaper that way. It's a decent little trail to ride, but don't expect too much of a thrill, as it's quite short. I suggest riding it on a singlespeed to make things interesting.

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The only route- it's marked as a one way loop.

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I don't know of any other trails in the area. If you do, drop me an email.

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[Jul 20, 2002]
Shelden Nimchuk

I was dissapointed with these trails for a few reasons. One of which is the fact that some of the nicer trails for riding are off limits to bikes. This means less good trails for riding and more for hiking. There is some singletrack , but it is not very fast , and not all that abundant. There is also some downhills but they are very rut filled and again, not very long. Most of the trails, in fact, were more of a grass trail, not singletrack.There are however a couple of good, short climbs , as well as some pretty decent views and scenery. Newcomers to the sport of mountain biking may find these trails challenging, but if you are looking for something long and technical, you should try either Brandon, Manitoba , or Ingolf, Ontario. My only other gripe is that you are charged $4.00 American at the gate for about 15 minutes worth of trail riding. At that price I would like to have seen more.

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As far as I could see, the trail with the yellow diamond as a marker was the longest of them all with various trails branching off

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The only other "trail" that I rode in the area was in Grand Forks. It is actually quite good as it is just a paved path that winds it's way through the city. It is called the Fitness Trail and is 10 km. long ( 20 there and back ). It starts and finishes in two spots, either at the Tourist Info Booth, or near the Columbia Mall. It does a good job of winding through places like the U of ND campus ( which is quite nice ) but you could always do what I do, and ride all over the place.

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