Elm Creek - Trail, Brooklyn Park Maple Grove Area, Minnesota

Elm Creek - Trail, Brooklyn Park Maple Grove Area, Minnesota

DESCRIPTION

Paved and dirt.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 14, 2012]
Alex Perez
Weekend Warrior

All of the reviews for Elm Creek prior to this are for the old trail system. The mountain bike trail has graduated from being just an off road trail (like the horse trail) to a very pleasurable trail system. It's still not as technical as some of the others in the area, but it does offer some challenge. There are a couple of areas that have two way traffic to watch for, but the majority of it is one way single track. It has plenty of hills, open prairie and thick wooded areas. It is one of the best places other than the Minnesota River Bottom that I have come across to introduce mountain biking to beginners. Don't let that comment fool you. Advanced riders will enjoy it just as much. If you are looking for a technical ride with a lot of obstacles, then you may be disappointed. It does offer a few bridges to cross and some opportunities to test your log climbing skills. The trail-head is just off of Hayden Lake Road. I believe the complete course was just about 13 miles. It offers three distinct level loops for riders of all skill levels.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 17, 1999]
MDC

About 5 miles around. Not very technical, mostly
a dirt rut through wide grassy trail. Some washboard
and a couple of small bumps to get air on if you
hammer down.

Customer Service

Start at Visitor Center and Head West down fire road
which quickly turns into singletrack

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 28, 1999]
CCW

This trail is very flat with no challenging hills. Half of the trail is hard-packed single track, the other half is grass. I like to ride it when I don't feel like driving too far to get to a trail, but still just have to ride. During the early summer half of the area was under water because it is a wetlands wildlife reserve, so that was a real bummer. All of the trails are out in the open, so there is absolutely no danger of hitting any trees or falling off of any inclines. There are no technical sections, and riding a five mile loop like this gets pretty boring after a few times. There are a couple of hills towards the end of the trail about 400 yards south of the man-made swimming area that are okay. At the fork in the trail head right, climb a couple of decent inclines, and head back to the trailhead. I give this trail two tires for the its lack of variation and multiple sections of washboard that can leave your butt feeling like hamburger after a few loops. On the plus side, this trail can be nice if you just want to get out on a nice easy and relaxing ride. About 3/4 of the way through the trail there's a swimming/picnic area. Most of the time I'm there I see a lot of wildlife - deer, beavers, pheasant, ducks, geese, etc.

Customer Service

It's a one-way five mile loop, so it's easy to figure out where to start. Trail maps are posted at the trailhead. There are a few places to branch off the main trail, but I've found that the main trail is the best way to go. You may want to take parts of the paved trail that surround the Elm Creek Park in order to avoid areas with nothing but grassy washboard.

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None in the North-West suburbs. All of the decent trails that I've been on are located in the south suburbs - the Minnesota river bottoms, Terrace Oaks, Lebanon Hills, and Battle Creek in SE St. Paul.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 19, 2000]
Tim Walsh

The trail follows the Elm Creek cross country ski system. The route tours the park's southern area, which is for the most part rolling terrain with short uphills and downhills. The trail is appreciated as a good aerobic lap training area for those of us in the Northwest suburbs.

Customer Service

Start at the visitor Center and follow the marked trails

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Within an hour of the Twin Cities - Minnesota rating scale (no mountains, forests, Etc.)

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 05, 2000]
Tony R

I've had a mountain bike for about 3 years now but never used it for what it was intended. This was my first experience at mountain biking and I'm glad it was the way it was. It's described as a beginner course and I guess that's probably accurate. However, as a beginner I was challenged, especially at the start which is a long and fast downhill with a 90 degree turn at the bottom. There was a nice little trail following a ridge that offered some more challenging conditions but ended quickly. Then it's back out onto the grasslands surrounding the lake. For a diehard biker it would be boring at best, but for a newbie like myself it was fun and challenging. It got me interested and wanting more.

Customer Service

Highway 81 all the way.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 23, 2001]
Harry Knuckles

Can be a challenge to beginners but otherwise not what you'd call a challenging ride, not interesting either. But since there aint a whole lotta places to ride I won't complain too much. The northern part through the big trees until you get back in the prairie area is mighty fine though. Kinda easy to get onto the hiking trail by mistake which brings less than appreciation from Rangers and hikers so try your best to read the map before setting out.

Customer Service

There's really only one although there is an alternate loop to add variety

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 29, 2001]
Mike H

If you live in the Northwest suburbs, then this place is great because it's close. It's also great if you just want to get away from the highways and noise and enjoy yourself.

Like other reviewers have said, it's not very technical, and great for beginners. It can be a little more challenging if you try and see how fast you can make it around the loop. Some parts can be tricky at higher speeds. Anyone can ride it.

Rear suspension is a little helpful on some washboard areas.

A bad side is that it's often closed in the spring because of flooding.

Watch out for the geese near the swimming area - if you slow down they'll charge you and hiss a little!

Customer Service

There's only one route to go.

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Not many other trails in the Northwest suburbs. Otherwise there is Battle Creek, Terrace Oaks, River Bottom in the suburbs. Take an hour trip up to Milaca for a non-burb trail, or take the 4-hour drive up to Lutsen for a weekend.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 30, 2001]
Hans Erdman

This is an easy, fun, peacefull ride. I patrol it once or twice a month, just to get out and ride. Low sections can be wet. Oak-Savannah Prairie offers amazing spread of colors in the fall. Boardwalk trail over swamp is narrow and grown in; needs work.

Customer Service

Marked mountain bike trails in regional park. Please stay off the others!

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Lake Rebecca, Milaca, Monticello YMCA

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 12, 2003]
Steve

The best time of year to ride is fall. Spring is too wet and summer too much veg and too many insects for the really wooded areas. I used to ride some of the "illegal" singletrack in the summer-bad idea. The bugs own the forest in the summer. There is some really killer single track if you look for it. I've been riding this area for about five years.

Customer Service

Park in Lifetime Fitness/Ice Arena lot and hook up with paved section. Once on paved section you can go north or south and just look for trails.

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Elk River

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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