October 17, 2014
My first ride on this trail was today, October 16, 2014. This is the nicest flow trail I have ever been on. It is extremely well manicured. There are presently 7 miles of trail which are open but more is under construction. The trail loop is divided one half on the east side of Highway 210 and 1/2 on the west side of Highway 210. I would rate the east half as lower intermediate and the west half is upper intermediate. There are plenty of berms, dips, rollers and dozens of wide bridges, many with built in dips
The trailhead is located in the Mission Creek wayside park (rest area) along the highway leading to the Mont du Lac ski area. Mission Creek adjoins the Minnesota side of the St. Louis River and the ski area is on the Wisconsin side of the river. The trail starts at the rest area, climbs a short hill, crosses highway 210 where it departs into a Cathedral of oaks,Birch and Aspen. The first quarter mile requires aggressive climbing which will have beginners walking certain portions thereof. After that, the fun begins.
It appears that the trail system is designed for two way travel but I would encourage all to ride the loop counterclockwise especially during high traffic times. There are many tight corners with limited views, and the bridges are not designed for two way traffic. Signage is excellent. The scenery is awesome with some built in Kodak vistas. Kudos to COGGS for another awesome trail system.
For those who are more interested in riding a more traditional singletrack trail, there are plenty of roots to bounce over on the trails at nearby Mont du Lac. And for the adrenaline junkie downhill crew, there are three or four downhill runs at the ski hill.