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Level: Advanced
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +343/327 ft
Total: 26 riders
 

Mountain Biking Afton Alps Ski Area

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#109 of 128 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#11733 in the world

7.5 miles of beautiful singletrack. Nice mix of wooded technical riding and fast open meadows. Great views and wildlife. Just remember that all the wild downhill is followed by a gut wreching climb out.

First added by jib on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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From St. Paul/Minneapolis take I-94 east to the CR-15 Manning Ave. (exit #253). Head south on Manning Ave. for 7 miles. Take a left onto 70th Street South, heading east for approx. 3 miles, then follow the signs into Afton Alps.
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Wet (on Oct 7, 2017)
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Q: is it open for mtb as of may 2016
A: It is open for 2017 season

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
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    not worth the $7 entry. While the scenery is awesome it is 80% climbing an crossing ski slope grass with what little trail there is largely off camber, weird none mtb stuff. I like a good suffer fest as much as the next guy but this is a suffer fest rewarded with more suffering and a few seconds of fun. learly the mtb course is an after thought. the trail has also been changed from what's here on singletracks and from map available at pro shop, and not for the better

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
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    2 stars for trail is being here. It's the worst place to spend $7. Go to Levis Mounds and for the same money you get the same tough climbing with excellent singletrack.

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  • bstrub
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    Afton Alps re-opened June, 2017.

    The trail is now about 5 miles with a mix of difficulty, but overall this is an advanced tail due to the climbs. Some the the "trail" is the ski slope that was has cut grass. This is not the most fun place to ride and does not compare to the bike parks out west or the trails maintained my MORC. However, it is the only place to really challenge your long, steep climbing endurance and is a great training ground. Afton Alps / Vail Resorts could turn this into the best trail in the Twin Cities with some investment of time and money. I will continue to ride without these improvements because it was obvious that I could use the strength training / hill endurance that is needed for my riding.

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  • Murphdog22
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    Matt I was going to head here soon and check it out. So your saying don't go?

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    I'm hesitant to give Afton a bad review since I'm new to mountain biking and others might find this place great! There were many rewarding downhill runs yet quite a bit of it I had to walk because I couldn't

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