Cuyuna Lakes

4.87 out of 5
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↑ 1,400 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
25 miles of network trails that range from easy to extreme difficult. This is a new trail system just opening this year. Many routes to choose from when riding.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Is it dog friendly? -Guest

A: Yes, leashes must be 6' or less.

AlecFotsch answered on October 28, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Do they close this track when it rains? -gdiedrich

A: Yes

Guest answered on August 25, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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System Trails (8)
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Local Info & Nearby Trails
Trail Check-ins
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (754 total check-ins)
  BMEnelson   on Oct 12, 2019
  Mari Kivisto   on Oct 9, 2019
  Barty9   on Oct 9, 2019
  Jess McMullen   on Oct 8, 2019
  Barty9   on Oct 6, 2019
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Reviews (66)

Granny Gear

October 27, 2019
Review: The government finally did something right. The investment in this old iron mine area has become something great. Navigation can be frustrating until you catch on to the system. Start by following Galloping Goose which takes you to multiple intermediate and expert loops. Look for the "Trail Entrance" signs and travel in that direction. Don't be put off by the "Easiest" label. While These easy trails may not be physically demanding, they are very fun and interesting.

When you are done riding, make sure to stop in town for a great burger at Iron Range Eatery.


August 22, 2019
triton189 Singletrack  
Review: Some of the best trails in the midwest, good facilities and parking as well. Also they have a jump line course.

Granny Gear

August 18, 2019
Review: Great trail system for novices and advanced riders. Plenty of miles of single track. Beyond that there is even some paved trails as well.
What makes Cuyuna amazing is it rarely feels crowded.

Granny Gear

August 15, 2019
Review: My first time riding these trails, they were a lot of fun. Was a bit turned around looking for main trail head parking lot, but once I found it I was good to go. Went up one Friday after work from twin cities, and will definitely be going back before winter arrives. Trails seemed to go on and on, slightly more rocky than I am used to but not everywhere. Some of the climbs were rough on the legs but the speed and flow on the downhill parts was magical. The only downside for me was I didn't get up to the north end of the trail system with the jumps or technical features, and that was what I was hoping to check out. Definitely worth the drive, and will return!


May 27, 2019
mongwolf Epic  
Review: Nice trail system. "Pedally" fast and fun, but as TK34 said well, "This ain't CO or UT." and neither is it WA, OR or MT for that matter. Definitely no long killer climbs or long descents. But again, it is a fun system. Also nothing very technical, except for a couple of short stretches. I think the current rating of 4.88 (and a top 20 placing on the Singletracks trails list) substantially overrates the system, but it is still a system for the local mtb community to be proud of. Certainly a job well done and nicely thought out for families. Also the entire system has a super grippy trail surface that obviously drains well. No need for big beefy tires here. If I rode here regularly, I would run a fast tire or maybe even semi-slicks. A fairly well-conditioned rider can easily ride the entire system in one ride. Finally, the system gets used heavily, and I can understand complaints raised below about two-way traffic. This issue has been rectified and many trails are now one-way only. Here are the updated trail maps that you will see out on the trails while riding: for the lower end ... for the upper end (mostly two-way) ... for the entire system The middle trails connecting the upper and lower units of trails are not well represented in these maps. There are four trails connecting the two units: North and South Drag Line and North and South Switchback. They run on the north and south sides of Portsmouth Mine Lake and Pennington Mine Lake. They are very simple to follow on the trail.

Granny Gear

November 11, 2018
Moiyster Granny Gear  
Review: The trails vary by difficulty but they're all great fun. Be aware that it's not all hard pack Singletrack. There is a lot of loose rocks so use caution. Great views here.


October 9, 2018
TK34 Trailblazer  
Review: I try to save my 5 stars, and Cuyuna is worthy with the caveat that there is not a lot of tech or climbing (this ain't CO or UT). Awesome flow, with some shorter climbs and fast downhill runs (Bobsled, Screamer, Sand Hog). Cool new retail options in Crosby, including a brewery. Low tech cabins and yurts available. Its roughly 2 hours from Minneapolis - totally worth the drive for a day trip or an overnight. If you're from out of state and need more options, both Twin Cities and Duluth have several trails that are no joke - use the Five2Ride lists for both.


June 19, 2018
J-Dogg Gramcounter  
Review: Incredible trail system. The rebirth of The Crosby-Ironton area because of MTB. Maps are quickly outdated due to the massive trailbuilding. There is a trail for anybody here. Get to the Red Raven for coffee, beer , breakfast or bike shop/rental. See John.
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Similar Trail: Levis Mounds

Granny Gear

January 30, 2018
Review: You simply cannot beat the type of nature of beautiful trees, water and clean air. I am surprised more people haven't commented on this already. If you aren't from the area, it's a must see it, to believe it. Seriously, please stop reading this, grab your keys, load your bike and try it out!


July 12, 2017
Review: First time on this trail and had a great time. Thought I was going to crash and die a couple of times; but still fun. Only drawback was where it was 2 way traffic. We almost had a big crash with a guy and his kid on a tandem.

Cuyuna Lakes MTB Trail 4.87 out of 5 based on 66 ratings. 66 user reviews.
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