Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System

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Get your heart pumping with the tight turns and scenic vistas of this highly anticipated trail system! Cuyuna is ranked at the Silver level ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association. Enjoy over 30 miles of riding spread across 800 acres of paved and singletrack trails. The trail system is a part of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area which is adjacent to Crosby and Ironton, MN.

With over 30 purpose-built routes to choose from, everyone from beginner to pro can enjoy the breath-taking rides and overlooks. The trails are enhanced by the deep-red soil, turquoise mine lakes, and white bark of the aspen and birch trees. When taking a break from the exhilarating descents, mountain bikers can watch for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, beavers and other wildlife.

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Single Track Trail Regulations for Spring/Summer/Fall

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Permitted uses

 

  • Always follow all posted signage and only travel on the trails in their intended direction.
  • Pets are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash six feet in length or shorter and personally attended at all times, no exceptions.
  • Stay on defined trail surfaces and do not “free ride” into the landscape.
  • Only bike or hike on open trails.
  • Hiking on the single track trails unless posted restricted.
  • Same rules apply for hikers as bikers.

 

Prohibited uses

 

  • Riding or hiking on wet/soft or muddy trails.
  • Any activity that causes damage to the trail tread by foot or bike.
  • (Mountain Bike Skills Development Area) Hikers and pets are not allowed on these trails and/or technical features.
  • (Jump line trails) Hikers and pets are not allowed on these trails.
  • Unauthorized building or modification of trails and/or technical features.
  • Horseback riding on single track trails.

 

Guide for trail closures

 

  • When it rains, the single track trails will be immediately closed to all users (foot or bike) until trail conditions dry out or improve. In the spring or fall season, the trails will need an extended amount of time to dry out and firm up before reopening because of the cooler temperatures.
  • Trails typically reopen a few hours after rain and/or when the snow has melted (and dried up).
  • Early or late season snow will immediately close the trails to all users (foot or bike) when the ground is unfrozen or until trail conditions dry out or improve.
  • Wet, soft or muddy trails are closed trails, muddy bikes or footwear are key indications of closed trails.
  • All trails in the CCSRA close to all uses (foot or bike) for the 3 week Firearms Deer Hunt in November.
  • Ground freeze/thaw happens when the frozen ground is exposed to sunlight or above freezing temperatures, this makes the frozen trail tread becomes very soft or muddy, it is extremely easy to damage the trail tread during this time, leaving tire ruts or footprints in the trail tread are key indications that the trails are closed.
  • Sagamore Unit trails do not close under wet weather conditions.

 

Recommendations

 

 

Groomed Winter Trail Regulations

Approximately 40 miles of packed multi-use trails are available for fat biking, with 20 miles of trail groomed specifically for a premier fat biking experience.

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Permitted uses

 

  • Foot travel on skis or snowshoes only.
  • Bicycles with tires at least 3.7" wide.
  • No winter restrictions on the groomed, paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail for hiking and biking. State Park rules still apply.

 

Prohibited uses

 

  • Foot travel (except as permitted).
  • Pets on the groomed trails.
  • Activities, which damage groomed trail.
  • Biking on the snowmobile trail from December 1st to April 1st while in the boundaries of the CCSRA.

 

Guide for groomed trails

 

  • Reduce tire pressure. 2-4 psi in soft snow and do not exceed 8 psi when snow conditions are firm.
  • Trails close to biking right after they have been groomed but remain open to snowshoeing and skiing.
  • Trails are generally groomed right after its done snowing; the single track trails are groomed by volunteers so please give a minimum of 48 hours before expecting a bike rideable surface.
  • Freshly groomed trails are very soft and easily damaged until it can refreeze and firm up.
  • Trails are generally groomed in the afternoon/evening hours and reopen to biking at 8 am the next day.
  • If an orange cone is set up at a trail entrance point in the afternoon/evening hours it means that trail was recently groomed, if the cone is still in place at 8 am the next day please set it off to the side of the trail so the trail can reopen.
  • If you are leaving tire ruts in the groomed trails that is considered damage and the trails are closed to that activity.

 

Recommendations

 

  • Bring snowshoes or skis as a backup activity if trail conditions are too soft for biking, these 2 activities are very beneficial to the grooming process as it helps pack the groomed surface after new snow or soft conditions.
  • Studded tires for variable trail conditions and added safety.
  • When temperatures are above freezing, snowshoeing and skiing are preferred activities on the groomed trails.
  • Check the weather before you travel (zip code 56455).

 

Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail System