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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +233/232 ft
Total: 78 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bertram Chain of Lakes Trail

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#8 of 128 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#734 in the world

From the MORC website:

Bertram can probably be called MORC's newest "old" trail. The Bertram Singletrack Trail (aka: "The Y" or "Camp Manitou") dates back to the beginning of mtb trail riding in the twin-cities area. Now that Bertram has become a MORC supported trail look for this park to develop into one of the most exciting destinations in the MORC family of trails.
http://www.morcmtb.org/bertram/

First added by SpareRow on May 2, 2020. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
enter this into your GPS:1744 90th St N, Monticello, MN 55362

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From highway 94, take exit 193 onto MN-25 (toward Buffalo, Monticello) head southwest (left if you took 94 north), take a right after about .5 of a mile onto Chelsea Rd., then take a left on 90th St NE, drive for 2.5 miles down this road then you will see a brown sign with Bertram Lakes on it turn right at the first one, onto a gravel road, on the right there is a parking lot and an outhouse, the trail start right next to the outhouse (far left corner of the parking lot).
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  • Michael Loch
    *****

    Great trail for the metro area of Minneapolis & St.Paul. Awesome Singletrack that twist and turns around a string of three lakes with a creek. Mild climbs & descents, tight woods, fun features, drops and jumps riding everything at the trail with re-riding a few spots to connect totaled of 22 miles!

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  • pheasantford
    ****

    Trails were good but a little leave covered. MORC is doing a great job though.

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  • Brandon M
    *****

    Fun twisty trail, and one of the fastest trails in the area to dry out and be open after a rain! It's an easy ride at a slow/mellow pace, or it can be a great workout if you push yourself for a PR. Also nice that there are several options for the length of the ride, from about 4 miles up to about 14 miles now with the newest section added. Great year round trail!

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  • jasfoto
    ****

    Fun, Flowy singletrack. Very beginner friendly. I found the trail to be fun and fast but it's not overly challenging. Put the pedal to metal if you want. Very well maintained, with great visibility and signage. There are some features located here and there along the trail for testing advanced riders too. Nice ride around a chain of small lakes with a couple bridge crossings. Will ride there again!

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  • dgw2jr
    *****

    This trail is as good or better than any of the metro area trails with the added benefit of actually having somewhere to park! The first mile right out of the parking lot is a riot!

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  • akamish
    ****

    Solid trail for the area. There's not much geography to play with here, so props to the trail crew who put this together.

    Nothing sustained, but lots of short punchy climbs. A buddy and I thought we'd rip one lap (about 7 miles) on our way back up to Saint Cloud from the Twin Cities. It took us like an hour and a half!

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  • Scott737
    ****

    Map misinformation led me to here accidentally. However, I'm truly glad that I did and enjoyed it a lot. It has a 9 long miles of almost everything we need to make it fun riding. It would be 5 stars for me, but I placed 4 because there's couple of fallen trees and branches from the storm which hasn't been cleared up yet. That's only little pest part.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
    ****

    4 stars only because there're some better trails in MN. Otherwise very fun, fast and twisty trail with natural and man-made obstacles thrown around to keep rider entertained. Maintained very well and I would definitely come ride it again.

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  • DOC763
    *****

    It's an absolute blast out here.
    Nice trails. Nice riders.

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  • DOC763
    *****

    I have a ride every time I go out there.
    Great scenery, fun trails and maintained trails

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  • jac
    *****

    Great ride today but a little icy in patches. And snow is certainly melting.

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  • hystiker
    ****

    Solid track, good flow and some nice climbs. Initial mile has some great terrain.

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  • michael48
    *****

    I've been riding this trail for sometime, in the last year (since 2014) the trail has been turning into a sustainable trail with less steep washout areas more skinny features, a great new section in the beginning that is machine built and a lot of hand built trail that is just as good, the best part is that a handful of volunteers, and MORC are continually investing into this trail system so every season there is something better then the last time you where there....5 stars!

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  • IcoDog
    ****

    The first few miles was fun and I wish there was a cut off to go around one more time before riding the rest of the trail. MORC did a great job building the trail and looks like there's more to come.

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  • SpareRow
    ***

    To start the first mile of this trail is AWESOME! the first mile gets five stars hands down! it is flowy, well-built pump, and the best berms I have ever hit. I wish they could make a loop out of it because I would ride it all day. After the first mile, it gets a little rough, where there should be a berm (because of a fast sharp corner) there is a sandbox, and this is in multiple turns, one of which you have to take extra precaution because if you hit it too fast you will land in the creek that is just 4 feet away. There are also a few spots where you have to take a sharp turn and then go straight up a 45-degree hill, which sucks because the turn takes all of your momentum and speed. they have 2 log features and what looks like more on the way.
    This trail has so much potential, and they are getting there, the first mile shows that. Thanks so much to MORC and their volunteers for another cool trail, I can not wait to see what this trail becomes.

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