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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +679/878 ft
Total: 87 riders
 

Mountain Biking Memorial Park

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#15 of 136 mountain bike trails in Minnesota
#958 in the world

From the gate, follow the singletrack off to the left. It should make a turn up the hill, and start heading towards a big grassy field. Look towards your left in the bushes, and very quickly you should see a trail that drops into the trees there. Hit that! It is an amazing section of trail that swoops up and down in the gully. Afterwards, just keep following the singletrack. The singletrack will join the ski trail occaisionally, but there is a well-worn route to follow. Just keep following it, and follow any signage. There is a downhill-type trail that spurs off the furthest corner of the main cross country loop, if you wanna hit it.

So yeah, just follow the trail all the way around the mound, and you'll get back to the start. Sprinkled around on the trail there are a see-saw, some very fun bridges, and drops and jumps on the downhill section. Enjoy!

First added by Greg Heil on Jul 6, 2008. Last updated May 11, 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
Coming from Wisconsin on 63, take a left at Potter St. and then a left on 7th St. Go until you see the massive sign for Memorial Park, and hang a right into it and start driving up the hill. Get up to the top of the hill, go around the one way, and keep bearing right. Start driving down a slight hill, and if you reach the turn around at the bottom, you've gone too far. Turn around and head up hill just a bit, and look for a gate on your left. I'd recommend parking in front of the gate, or parking at the turn around and riding up to here (now see description).
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Q: Is the expert downhill section with the stairway to heaven eroded?
A: It's constantly changing a bit each year, but it continues to be a challenge.

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  • Elder raven
    ****

    Lots of new stuff these days! Three new wooden platforms on Laydown Sally, and a new lower section of the DH trail as well as a new easier returd loop. Much of which may not be on maps. Check it out!

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  • TK34
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    I think the review depends on what you're looking for. I prefer the flow of some of the Twin Cities trails like Murphy, Carver, Leb, so Memorial Park leaves me less satisfied. There isn't a unified/defined loop but rather some interconnected sections and double-track, and the signage is not great. But with that said, if you prefer more of a raw, old-school vibe with some great views of Red Wing, this might be for you.

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  • campbikefishrepeat
    *****

    I went 2 times in the period of 2 days, and I thought it was an outstanding ride. there are fun easy flowy parts, and then there are more challenging parts, ups and downs, I really thought this place was great.

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  • dgw2jr
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    Pretty overhyped. Some good segments of singletrack but lots of doubletrack or prairie connections. The oddest thing is one of the singletrack trails on southwest side of the bluff that takes you downhill and suddenly turns into a 6 foot wide rock strewn fall line climb back up the bluff side.

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  • Edie
    *****

    A real gem in SE MN. Fast, very fast and lots of flow. The ups are mostly short, thank heaven. A must ride in the fall. The club that works this gold mine do an outstanding J-O-B. Thank you Red Wing Area Mountain Bike Org.

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  • brews_views
    *****

    A little bit of everything. Fast and flowy, good climbs, technical sections. Trails are very well cared for by the local club. Some of the best marked trails we have seen in MN.

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  • TheMayor
    *****

    Great little urban trail system! A little bit of everything here. Started at the designated parking area and followed Black Loop. Starts out fun with minimal challenge. Some nice new trail looking to eliminate double track. Then about 1/2 way around the real fun starts! Some wicked fast downhills and tough climbs. Some of the toughest around. Thanks goodness they are short! Then the finish with a couple of fun teeter totter features! Good stuff. Keep up the good work. The terrain here has a ton of potential.
    Everything is either up, down or turning. Lots of turning. Makes speeds slower. But a couple of bomber downhills for some variety!

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  • zimm218
    *****

    Compared to Minneapolis metro trails, it is the best around. Well designed with more progressive riding styles in mind. Features DH sections that mimic that of Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. Best area to ride if you are Dh/Enduro. However, a decent amount of hiking and XC to get to the good spots. People rave about Lebanon/Cuyuna, this is the real deal.

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  • jasfoto
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    Fun trails with some great views from up on the bluff. Trails are mostly hand-cut through the woods with some tight, twisty tree lines to manage and some challenging ups and downs. Signage is pretty good and great some great areas to picnic if you like, with some amazing views of the river valley. Local club is doing a nice job and seem to be working hard to keeping fresh and challenging. Especially beautiful in the fall.

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  • Fred Ziegler
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    I'm still pretty new to this (just started riding last summer) and I have only been on a few trails; but this one was the best so far. Lots of turns, but they weren't too tight or too close together so a newbie like me could handle them. I liked the up and down terrain and the views. I'll be coming back here for sure.

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  • ****

    Lots of fun.

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  • miahbike
    *****

    Great trail. Lots of tight turns and fast downhills.

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  • miahbike
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    Great trail. Lots of tight turns and fast downhills.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
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    Really cool system. There's a main loop that's mostly easy, but has some challenging up hills. There are several miles of advanced trail which have lots of great challenges, like jumps and steep down hills, and ups, including one that's just killer steep up for like a 100 yrds on loose gravel. Don't miss the view of Barns bluff, just killer. The Down hill is near the SW corner. It's not marked for bike but it has big berms, gap jumps, lots of crazy junk.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter
    *****

    I rode this trail only once before it was closed for winter. To describe it shortly I'll say You won't get bored there. It has everything for every skill level. And with all those breathtaking views easily could become next IMBA Epic Trail. Definitely one of the best trails near Twin Cities.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    *****

    When I rode it, this trail had some great singletrack with plenty of variety ranging from jumps to rocks to man-made bridges and teeter totters to super swoopy sections to tight switchbacks. Last I heard a freeride/downhill section was under construction here. Definitely a trail system to watch!

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  • roachman
    *****

    Went for the first time here last week and had a blast, by far the best trails in south east minnesota that i have ridden.

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