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Minnesota's Best Mountain Biking Destination

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Get your heart pumping with the tight turns and scenic vistas of this highly anticipated trail system! Cuyuna is ranked at the Silver level by the International Mountain Biking Association.  Enjoy over 50+ miles of riding spread across 800 acres of paved and singletrack trails. The trail system is a part of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area which is adjacent to Crosby and Ironton, MN.


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Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Biking Trails

View a map of the trail system (PDF)

Cruiser's Kettle - Advanced Mountain Bike Ride

“Moabesque red dirt” is how Josh Klauck, owner of a Minnesota Bicycle Shop and Coffee Bar, describes the 22 miles of trail opened last summer on a former iron-mine property. 

Ore excavation created steep hills; 500-foot-deep pits have turned into emerald lakes; and the trails are some of the most exquisitely flowing stretches of dirt in the Midwest.  

Stay overnight and get the full experience. View campground information PDF   (group camp is only reservable site)

True North Base Camp and more...

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With over 30 purpose-built routes to choose from, everyone from beginner to pro can enjoy the breath-taking rides and overlooks. The trails are enhanced by the deep-red soil, turquoise mine lakes, and white bark of the aspen and birch trees. When taking a break from the exhilarating descents, mountain bikers can watch for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, beavers and other wildlife.

New to mountain biking? Learn the basics at a I Can Mountain Bike! program - bikes and helmets included.

Mountain biking safety tips

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The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail are miles of paved trail within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area from Crosby to Riverton. One mile passes through the City of Aitkin along State Highway 169. Abandoned by mining companies more than 35 years ago, the state recreation area contains six natural lakes, plus an additional 15 deep lakes that were former mine pits. Stop to fish, explore the Croft Mine, or ride the single track mountain bike trail system.

Purchase a park permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas. 

Before you go

It’s never been easier to find a good ride. Discover great routes and upcoming rides from local bike shops, advocacy groups & other riders.

Join the Ride Spot movement by signing up at the website below to see the Easy Riders recommended rides on your mobile phone or computer. Classic Routes answer the question: Where should I ride my bike? These are tried and tested routes — created by local cyclist — designed to provide a great experience for riders of all levels. 

Let's ride. 

Ride Spot App

You can also visit our in store Trail Information Center to discuss our recommended rides.

-The Easy Riders Bicycle & Sports Shop Team

winter fat biking

Winter Trails - Cuyuna Lakes

Approximately 40 miles of packed multi-use trails are available for fat biking, with 20 miles of trail groomed specifically for a premier fat biking experience.