Camp Manitou - Trail, Monticello, Minnesota

Camp Manitou - Trail, Monticello, Minnesota

DESCRIPTION

This trail has a diverse riding area. Everything from long smooth singletrack, to technical log rolls and boardwalks, and even a sand pit. Some short steep uphills and downhills. Plenty of water to play in but not to muddy.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 13, 2009]
tmartbiker
Cross Country Rider

I rode this for the first time last night. I thought it was pretty cool. I started out at the YMCA camp (I asked a guy who worked for the Y about the trails...he said the public can ride them anytime after 5 pm.) I gotta say that after reading the other reviews I was a little surprised. I thought these trails were better than previously described. It felt more like a Milaca than Hillside in Elk River. It was spread out, with lots of variety. Nothing super technical, but it was a decent workout on the sections with the switchbacks. There were long flowing sections, sections that were well worn, and sections where I almost felt like I was bushwacking. These are the type of trails I like. Lots more to explore...it seems like you could get lost back there! I will be back!

Customer Service

I started at the Y camp and followed the arrows. There are probably a few dozen combinations of routes you could do in there.

Similar Products Used:

Hillside in Elk River
Milaca
??? (I'm kinda new to the area)

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Dec 07, 2008]
sully
Cross Country Rider

This trail has been reworked and remarked to ride backwards. It is a very fun trail with lots of new sections. It needs to be ridden in more. this is a great trail of 16 miles of trails and a good mix from flat to tight and twisty switchbacks. Kudos to the new trailbuilders!!!

Customer Service

from parking lot, ride backwards and follow the Blast arrows.

Similar Products Used:

Elk River, Theo, Milaca

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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Apr 24, 2004]
ShawnMTBKR
Cross Country Rider

I would like to try this trail but just one or 5,000 problems... There are "No Trespassing" signs everywhere, all gates are locked up tight. Signs say "Trespassers will be prosecuted under law". I don't know about you but I like to ride on dirt not be ridden by Bubba. Don't even waste your time cuz this is YMCA camp ground and they want no one there but YMCA events.

Customer Service

Another trail.

Similar Products Used:

Elk River, Lake Rebecca, Lake Maria State Park.

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1
VALUE
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1
[Apr 10, 2000]
Iceman

This place sucked. I had a buddy you helped cut the trails tell me to try it. I will never be back. I would convert to road riding before I came back here. It had a couple hundred feet of good singletrack but other then that it was horrible. There was also so much sand on every climb you couldn't even think about climbing it. You would sink into the sand a good 4 inches. The downhills, my top speed for the day was 17mph, and I think it was when I was on flat ground. The place could use a lot better trail planning, a lot more work, and a new location.

Customer Service

When you get there turn around and go home. Or just don't go to it.

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1
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[Apr 15, 2000]
mike m

The trail is about 90% singletrack with the reamaing 10% dirt road. The Main loop 98% single track. The main loop contains: log obstacles, short downhills, short uphills, tight switch backs, fast flats, and some cool off camber sections.
The trail does not have: big climbs, big downhills and super crazy technical stuff.

This trail is recommended for Beginer-intermediate and above riders. The trail is not extremly technical, but is challenging.

When I rode the trail some of the sections were just recently cut and were not that packed down yet. It will be fun to see how the lines shape up as more people ride this trail.

Overall a very fun trail, I plan to ride this trail more in the future.

Customer Service

The trail starts at the northwest corner of the parking area and runs between the paved road you drive in on and a farmers field. The trail ends at the parking lot. At the time I rode the trail, it was not marked that well, but from talking to the people that built the trail it is my understanding that there will be a race out here this summer. So I anticipate the trail will be better marked in the future.

Similar Products Used:

Milaca

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 26, 2000]
Gavin

Well I got to place thinking it would be ok. I just heard about and me and some friends went to ride it. I must say I was really bummed out when I started riding it. It was really boring and wasn't any good for training. It was just about all singletrack that was really quite slow. I don't see how they can have a 40 mile race there. If they use the same trails I was on it would take almost 5-6 hours. Like iceman said below, the sand was pretty bad on the hills. I won't be back to this place, but maybe you should try it once just so you can see a good example of a bad place. Too bad I can't give it a zero.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 27, 2000]
Jeff S.

Definetely a lot of singletrack. The trails were really slow and not technical at all. PEople need to realize if they want to make a course fun and slow they need to make in technical. No one wants to go ride 5mph on easy singletrack. I probably won't ride this place again because there are so many better places closer. I would even drive a lot further to find someplace better. I do have a question. Where is this 40 mile race going to be?

Customer Service

When I got there the gate was closed so we had to park down by a lake. We had no clue where we were going so we just found trails and started riding.

Similar Products Used:

Milaca

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1
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RATING
[Apr 27, 2000]
Matt

In respnse to Iceman's review, I noticed that his first sentece read, " I 'had' a buddy that helped..." He buddy must have left him, poor boy has to ride alone now. I just wanted to give a BIG thanks to ALL the guys who volunteered their time and effort to help bring more trails to the area. Thanks to the Blast group that cuts and MAINTAINS the trails.
Recommended riders for these trails: riders of all categories, fast and technical for the experienced, yet very managable for the beginner.
Great riding and will only get better when the new trails are added.
Have fun and be safe riding.
See ya all at the Epic in June

Customer Service

Trail markings are going up to help with the direction for all the trails.

Similar Products Used:

Milaca, Crow Nordic Center

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 28, 2000]
Matt Stone

Great ride. Will burn your legs and scare the wild life.

Customer Service

From the main parking lot you'll get on the trail head heading south along side the road. After cutting across the farmers field you'll get into the woods. Hopfull this gets marked but there is a right turn that leads to sum of the new ST that is tight and fun! After a left along the lake you 'll need to look for old signs or hope for new ones because the trail loops around and over sum cool log crossings ( I think the ice man is under on of em ). By the bridge you'll find more new stuff and then loop back ending up near the archery range. Look on your right for more new stuff. Hey this trail is great and will be even better if we all pitch in and build it!

Similar Products Used:

Milaca

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 28, 2000]
Iceman

I decided to give this trail another shot. My first time I was really bummed out, but I can say the trail was better for the second time. The trails are still being worked on but they are much better then when I first road there. So everybody go out to Monticello and give these trails a shot. The more people that ride them the better they will get.

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RATING
5
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