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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +453/ -377 ft
Total: 58 riders

Mountain Biking Jail Trail

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#28 of 137 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#2,525 in the world

This is a descent trail area. Main loop is 3 miles with side loops that are the more difficult parts in theory. A few do have difficult bits and there is some elevation
change but the area is mostly flat. They got some good flow for what they have to
work with.

First added by Bubblehead10MM on May 3, 2012. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Us 10 to Minnesota blvd (MN-301) (SE corner of Prison) go E 1/2 mile to drive way
and parking. B4 15th.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near St. Cloud, Minnesota

Intermediate | 5 mi
Beginner | 5 mi

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  • lizsmith
    Reviewing North Loop:

    This trail needs to be marked WAY better, so users can stay on the trail they deem their skill level to be. It's quite easy to get off the north loop and on to the very difficult trail that can damage both rider and bike.

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  • loganrulez1406

    The trail was quite fun, with a few jumps, lots of switchbacks and one steep drop on the right of a Y cross (my dad sprained his finger on that one!) The expert sections were all pretty hard, and overall no complaints.

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  • jasfoto

    Raced the Jail Trail today as part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series. Enjoyed the trail. Felt fast today. Pretty flat with tight tree lined trails and lots of tight turns. The section we section wasn't very technical. System seems well maintain and marked. Wouldn't drive a long way to ride but worth a stop if you're in the area.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Best trail I found in St Cloud. Easy loop is twisty fun ride with part being closed due to construction. The Expert spurs are ridden less which makes it even more challenging and fun. Definitely worth of checking out if you're in the area.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing North Loop:

    This isn't a separate trail but part of Jail trail. Don't feel the need to write two reviews on the same ride

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  • Snetter

    Great trail for the area, good beginner to intermediate rider trail. Most corners are tight so it can be hard to carry speed and a couple turns are covered in loose sand so you just need to look out on a few corner so you don't lose the front end.

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  • Pulverizer
    Reviewing North Loop:

    I had a great time riding this trail! It has about every difficulty to ride because there are so many off shoots. The difficulty mainly increases because it's over grown and wet in many spots. It looks like no ones touched up the side trails this year. If you get off the main loop be ready for some brush in the face, some decent climbs, and some really narrow and soft trails.

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  • schmidty56

    Good trail to start on the trail is in good condition but bring your bug spray

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  • namdoogttam

    The "Jail Trail" (a.k.a. "North Loop") is 7 miles of super fun, very tight, twisty dirt singletrack, just across the river from downtown St. Cloud. These are very narrow trails - there are several spots where wider handlebars nick a tree on each side. No sustained climbs - most of the trail is relatively flat, with shorter/punchier climbs. It's very fun to attempt to ride this trail as fast as possible, given its narrowness. The main loop has a few rocky sections and some very rooty sections, as well as about a half-dozen short optional-lines: technical rock gardens, drops, etc. There is also one longer expert trail ("Twisted Sister") that weaves you trough some extremely tight turns and very rocky terrain. This trail is an absolute blast, and very well maintained!

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  • ****

    A fun, fast set of trails! I really enjoy the couple expert sections but the flowy single track is awesome too. I wish they were a little longer and not as dug out in somespots but overall they are really enjoyable, fast trails that I'd recommend to anyone.

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  • ***

    It's a fun short trail! Good choice for a quick ride. I think a little better maintaining would help. I like the range of technical options because you have the choice to skip them if your not ready yet. Overall a nice trail that I'd reccomend to anyone.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    This is a bunch of super fast, fairly flowy, but not really a lot of hills but some. That's not to say that I cleaned the whole thing, I emerged dirty, bloodied, winded and sweaty. That's right, had a ball.

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