Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Biking Trails – Ride the Red!
If you enjoy biking, you owe it to yourself to check out the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails east of Brainerd, MN. A few weeks ago, a group of Brainerd Lakes Chamber staff members had the opportunity to ride the trails. What fun! Many of us are plotting the next trail we want to conquer. Personally, I want to experience trails near the Yawkey Mine Lake on my next adventure. These central Minnesota mountain biking trails, which opened in 2011, offer options for riders of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced bikers. It was my first experience mountain biking. But it won’t be my last. The views from these trails through the reclaimed mine land are majestic – the trees, lakes, red rock just come together to create a magical experience combined with the adrenalin rush of traveling down the single-track, purpose-built trails. The beauty of the system is the range of options with more than 25 miles of trails. I had some trepidation as a beginner so I choose to ride the beginner trails. You can ride at your own pace on a trail that fits your skill level. This summer, several events are planned on the trail system, including the Cuyuna Lakes MTB Festival on June 9, Squirrel Fest 2 on July 20-22, Rusty Ride on August 17-18, and the Cuyuna Lakes Klunker Ride & Scrap Metal Jamboree on September 15. Check out our events calendar for more information. Happy trails. Ride hard, eat dirt, have fun! To learn more about the trails, check out this great story in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. A shout out to Mountain Bike Geezer, Griff Wigley, for the photograph. He’s now hooked on mountain biking thanks to the 2011 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival. Check out the Mountain Bike Geezer blog. I think I could get hooked on mountain biking but after watching the Timber Shaft trail video, I don’t expect to ride that trail anytime soon! I’ll leave that to the professionals. – Kathi Nagorski, Communications DirectorTags: biking, Cuyuna Range, Mountain biking in Brainerd Lakes Area