Boundary Waters Park

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3.31 out of 5
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Intermediate
9
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 3,000 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
758
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
About 9 miles of moslty doubletrack with some short sections of old forest roads thrown in for good measure. According to Douglas County Parks and Recreation, there are currently 3 marked loops and several extra unmarked "side trails". The Blue loop is about 1.1 miles and easy. The yellow loop is 2.4 and a little harder but still relatively flat. The red loop is where the real fun is at 5.1 miles with some very punchy climbs that will certainly get your heart rate up. All trail loops are pretty well marked and even if you do shoot off on one of the "side trails" it will quickly bring you back to one of the three main loops. Pretty easy to navigate and reasonably well marked.
added by GoldenGooseSingletrack February 9, 2011
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

September 6, 2016
Drew H. Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The description is pretty accurate. Mostly flat until you get to the back loop on the red trail, that's where your climbing skills will be tested. There are go arounds where folks are complaining about the ruts, welcome to the world of mountain biking. Overall, I like the place for a good workout. Those steep climbs are followed by steep descents on the otherside. The blue is pretty short with almost nothing in the ways of fun, the yellow loop is a good flat speed loop if you just want to run flat out and the red will having you wish you had something lower than 1st gear in a couple of spots. If you want skinny singletrack fun, probably not the place for you, if you want to test your climbing ability, give the back side of the red trail a shot. Plus there's a nice ride back along the river.

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Granny Gear

August 14, 2016
Aferg22435 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I was pleasantly surprised as their are some steep climbs on the red trail. Good workout but their a very few areas that I would consider difficult

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Granny Gear

October 18, 2015
KenVDZ Granny Gear  
 
Review: Yellow and blue trails are light and easy but red trail is very tough and steep at times. Beautiful surroundings and quite a bit of wildlife. Trail is for biking, hiking and ... horses. So watch out for poop. :-)

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Granny Gear

June 8, 2014
 
Review: Wet day on the trail - was some tough mudding, but the shade of the trail and cool air made for a nice ride. After a rain you will find a bunch of mud and some tough to navigate bogs. A couple short steep hills make for a fun ride. Trail head is behind equestrian parking near soccer field.

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Gnarly


December 18, 2013
Theejuicer Gnarly  
 
Review: Mostly double track that stays wet a long time after it rains. Climbs are short but tough.

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Gramcounter

July 19, 2013
jezones Gramcounter  
 
Review: I ride this trail 3 to 4 times a week because its only 2 miles from my house. The blue trail is basic double track for about 1 mile and is really only used to get to the yellow trail. The yellow trail is two different trails, the back side that runs along the property line is pretty much a swamp and takes a good two weeks without rain to dry up. The other half is mostly dry with a mixture of sand, rocks, and clay. The whole yellow trail loop runs for a little more than 2.5 miles. The red trail is the real beast of boundary waters. It runs for about 5.5 miles up some really steep hills and ruff terrain. The trails were really made for horses and runners so biking can be a challenge at some points. The forest is still pretty wild so you will see all sorts of creatures while riding. Deer, rabbits, chipmunks, snakes, squirrels its a wild trail. They have recently finished a 1.5 mile paved trail that goes around the lake, I pretty much use it to get to other trails. When I ride I usually combine the marked trails and the unmarked trails and have developed a 9.5 mile loop. Lots of free parking, Douglas county park patrol is always patrolling the area and the trails are usually kept up pretty well. It's a great place to ride if you want a good workout. Just be prepared to have to wash your bike after every ride, fun stuff.

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Gramcounter

July 23, 2012
StreakMTB Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail, as described, is nearly entirely doubletrack or old fire road. You can definitely get going fast on the flat sections. The climbs are some of the most savage I've encountered as they are not really designed for bikes and frequently go straight up. If you're in the mood for that kind of riding, it's a pretty good place for what it is. If you are looking for sweet flowy singletrack, this is NOT the place. I'd suggest going when it is rather dry - it is unpacked bare dirt, so you lose a lot of speed when it is moist as you sink in a bit.

Similar Trail: Fire Roads

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Trailblazer


July 14, 2012
brcjacks Trailblazer  
 
Review: definately not closed. Riding is good. Smooth, fast and tough of you do the red climbs.

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Bunny Hop

January 8, 2012
mottaboo Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is a horse trail first so watch out for the poop. Mostly double track with some good up and down hills. This is the closest trail to me and I like to use it for quick workouts. The red trail has the hills, while the blue and yellow are primarily flat.

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Granny Gear

August 25, 2011
buster110 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I use this trail, since it's the closest southside trail... Unless you are completely out of shape, or want some cross training, park near the lake and head straight to the red trail, which I would rank more towards the intermediate side only because of the climbs, which number around 5 or 6.(primary and secondary trails with a variety of trail surfaces. (Rock, gravel, sand, dirt, roots, ruts) and a couple of very fast downhills. Since it's doubletrack you can really fly. It maybe doubletrack, but you'd be hard pressed to find better climbing in the metro area. HORSES... You are in horse country and these trails WERE built for horses and they are allowing mtb, so please work with each other. Many of the horses there are not used to bikes, so my advice is to give way to them. If you go early on the weekends or anytime during the week, you won't run into them, so keep that in mind. Also the sooner you get to the red trail, the less likely you will see anyone or anything period... well except for deer and rabbits. For that reason, I would go to this trail over Sope Creek, any day.

* Review edited 11/4/2011

Similar Trail: Sope Creek, McIntosh, the Beach at Jonesboro.

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Boundary Waters Park MTB Trail 3.31 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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