Hillside Mountain Bike Park - Trail, Elk River, Minnesota

Hillside Mountain Bike Park - Trail, Elk River, Minnesota

DESCRIPTION

This trail was created by the BLAST(Build Land Access Share the Trail). A BLAST signature course: is a twisting, turny climby trail. Different from the trails that we developed in Milaca and sections at Manitou Lakes. This is by far a true mountain bikers dream close to the cities. I share this information to the mountain bike community because your support of the BLAST (volunteers and $$) helps our team create more fun places to ride in the region. Thanks to the Park Board, and the City of Elk River for giving the BLAST an opportunity to bring this great trail to the metro area.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 24, 2014]
mfx007
Cross Country Rider

I see all of the reviews are old. Correction to the map: it is at 45.299498, -93.540014
Old school trail with lots of short climbs and descents. You can check out the local forum for trail conditions and other info: http://www.morcmtb.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Hillside-Park

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5
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4
[Nov 13, 2008]
Jim Ryan
Cross Country Rider

I live in Northern California. We have some spectacular trails here. I have ridden at Moab, Lake Tahoe's Flume Trail, Maah Daah Hey, and more. I had the opportunity to spend some time in Minnesota a while ago. I gotta tell ya... The trails at Hillside Park are among some of the best... most fun, trails I have ever ridden. I especially like the continuous twists and turns. The diminishing radius curves are a... well, are a Blast! Thanks for building this park. I enjoyed the time I spent riding.

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5
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3
[May 12, 2007]
Fisherider
Cross Country Rider

Yep nice trail. Hillside has uphill switchback turns like Lebanon hills has log crossings and rocks. Well done with the use of space available. Very enjoyable place to ride and a good place for a beginner to learn and an expert to enjoy. Fast course with 90% in big ring. Really fun night ride. Only nocks I can give it is that it has very few in trail technical features (ex:rock gardens,log crossings). Will definatly come back. Overall rating a five because it was just fun.

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Lebanon Hills
Red Wing
Battle Creek
Decorah Iowa is very much worth the trip.

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5
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3
[Mar 24, 2006]
cuznleroy
Weekend Warrior

This trail is a good combination of tight twists, switchbacks and hills. Nothing extensive, but several challenging and technical areas that will definitely keep you coming back for more. Not to long, about 6 1/2 miles, and not very crowded. I've ridden the best trails on the Western slopes of Colorado and while this trail doesn't offer the technical chanllenges found in the mountains, it is one of the best I've ridden in the 5 state area. The only drawback is that this trail is very compac due to space limitations. Still, Blast has created a fantastic trail in a fairly small area. You will not be disappointed.

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4
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4
[Aug 30, 2003]
realmtnbiker
Cross Country Rider

I hate to burst the bubble of BLAST, but this trail was anything but a blast. Pardon the nose in the air commentary, but this trail simply sucks. The only real benefit of this trail is that it is a good cardio workout, as far as a "real mountain biker's dream trail" uh, I think you should share what you iz smokin, cuz the design and layout failed miserably. The idea was great, the final product was horrible. Sections were too short with switchbacks that came to early. There was no flow, no chance to get your mo, the trail was just a pitter patter of promise, but no goodies in the end. Before you blast me and my comments, just know I lived in Minnesota for many years, and now live in an area where mountain bike trails are made with a sense of purpose, so screw you I know what I'm talking about. Re-design the trail, you have the space and the idea and purpose behind your work is applauded, but do not over rate this trail cuz it didn't work.

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None, the trail sucks either way.

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Go west, wait for the mountains, and stop.

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2
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4
[Jun 12, 2001]
Justin Jasper

This is the only trail I've been on. It has a lot of fairly steep hills with tough switchbacks, which tend to be pretty muddy. It is single track the entire way with moderate obstacles, such as logs, roots, rocks, pot holes. Anybody in decent shape and at least a teen ager can ride this trail if they're careful around the tight bends.

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Simply follow the trail, which is very clearly marked and has no obvious places to turn off. Make sure you start off the correct way(turn right onto the trail) and just follow the signs. The trail runs by a dirt road that can be handy if you get tired of biking

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4
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[Oct 17, 2001]
Wayne Priest

Trail runs from the parking area near the fence heading south west. One way trail. All tight single track, some off camber, continuous loop. Pretty heavily wooded. Very slippery if it recently rained. About 6 miles. Tight switch backs are the most challenging part. Frequent "log pile" obstacles to cross. Great trail, lot's of deer, squirrels, etc.

If you want to do a partial loop, take the trail about 1.5 miles to where it crosses a power line right of way, go left (east) on the powerline right of way, about 50 feet and come out on a dirt road. Follow the road to the left (north) and it will take you back the fence near the start in about a 1/4 mile or less. The middle section is about 2 to 3 miles and will eventually take you across the same power line right away but the other side of the road. Jump out on to the road as described above if desired.

I consider this to be the #2 trail in the Twin Cities metro area. Similar to the Farm (my #1) but without the "hazards" to try to master. Also similar to Wirth Park (my #3)except that this trail never crosses itself like Wirth does. Terrace Oaks in Bloomington/Burnsville is also similar but this trail is 2 - 3 times longer and more switchmack climbs and varying terrain.

Great trail for all riders that want true single track, the more experienced will want more "hazards".

If you like the trail, and/or have ideas on how to make it different, please help by getting involved in the VOLUNTEER organization listed in the original review above. Without these clubs, we wouldn't have trails like this to ride !

Customer Service

From Intersection of 169 and 10 in Elk River, 3/4 mile north to Co Rd 12 (just past Walmart on the R), then 0.6 miles east on 12. Small dirt parking area with a biffy and a trash can next to a steel fence that closes off a dirt road. Sign for the Park is very small, look for the other "land marks" listed above.

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4
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[Apr 23, 2002]
Brian

Great job to the BLAST crew and the City of Elk River on this one. Although there was not much acreage to work with, they did a great job utilizing the terrain.

There are no major climbs or down hills, but a lot of ups and downs. All singletrack, with many swithcbacks on the uphills. Not extremely technical, but a good workout for the distance. This is a roller coaster trail and recommended for intermediate to advanced bikers. Beginners may want to try it, but if you're just getting acquainted to the sport be ready for a workout. You can cut out at virtually any time as the trail frequently gets close to the compost access road which runs from the entrance down the middle of the park to the back of the park. It's all one way so you can't get lost and on weeknights there are usually quite a few people who show up to ride. It's nice to finally have something in the North Metro that's a real trail and that's not an hour away. Thanks again, BLAST!

Customer Service

Hwy 10 West to 169 North in Elk River. Right at first stop light (Co. Rd. 12, I think). Go approx. 3/4 mile to the dirt parking lot on your right

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5
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[Jul 27, 2002]
Andy

Lots of rolling, switchback-y singletrack with a fair amount of roots and log crossings. Any climbs are short but may require a significant amount of power to crest with momentum. A couple muddy spots, nothing that clogs up your tires though (I rode about 3 days after the last rain). Great trail. 6.78 miles by my odometer. Don't think I'd want to race here though - not a lot of passing opportunities and not really any wider open stuff or climbing to break things up. I think the BLAST has a race here during the spring, seems like getting the holeshot would be a big thing.

No one aspect of this trail is very hard but the combination of technical riding and short steepie hills could make it pretty challenging for a beginner. I'd probably take a first timer somewhere else but anyone with a some experience and moderate proficiency could ride here.

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Really only one way to ride the trail. I suppose you could ride it backwards....

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I'm from the cities (really not far away) so I'd recommend Murphy Hanrehan, the Minnesota River Bottoms, Lebanon Hills and Wirth Park.

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3
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[May 01, 2003]
WishIWereintheLandofMTNBikin'

This is an exceptional trail that is well maintained and worth the drive! It starts out as single track that is fairly straight forward, a few log obstacles and tight twisty tree-lined terrain thta continues for approximately 6.2KM - ride it ALL the way!
If you really want to enjoy an awesome ride - do it back to back 2x in August!

Customer Service

Follow the trail signs BUT DO NOT ride when it is wet!

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5
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