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Bertram Chain of Lakes

 21 votes

13.1 Miles 21.1 Kilometers



484' 148 m


-484' -148 m


995' 303 m


943' 287 m



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Beautiful scenery, cool lakes, steep hills and tight turns; old school mountain biking at its best!

Joe Switek


An awesome combination of machine and hand-built trail, technical features, small hills, beautiful lakes and creeks!

This is a rapidly evolving trail system. There is currently a 13-mile loop that includes significant sections of newly built trail, some harescramble trail repurposed for mountain biking, and some older blast trail. It rides surprisingly well, and definitely has an "old school" feel to it.

The newer sections of trail flow very nicely. The new trail will continue to be built and will be replacing the older trail sections in a piecemeal fashion.
Dogs: Leashed


At the trailhead, you'll go through the gate in the fencing, head to the right and the entrance to the trail system is clearly marked.

The first part of the trail parallels 90th street and rides fast, eventually heading down a bermed descent, then heads back up through some berms and rollers. After this, you'll be riding on a doubletrack section that goes over a wooden bridge, keep your eye out for other trail users here as this is two-way trail, also shared with the Wright County hiking trail. After this, you'll emerge into a prairie and start riding some newer trail built late 2014, which eventually winds around "bald hill" giving great views when the leaves are down. At the end of this section, you have a choice to ride an optional loop that returns you near the bridge crossing.

The trail then turns flat, twisty and fast for a while, bringing you to the "creek trail" section, which follows along a creek, crosses a bridge, and winds back on the other side, this trail is a local favorite and is quite scenic. The trail continues around the lakes, with a mixture of older and newer built trail. This area tends to change character frequently, but generally has good flow with great scenery.

The trail tread here is much loamier and softer than nearby trails, combined with the deeper woods this gives it more of a "rugged" feel in comparison. It also drains exceptionally well and is often ready to ride earlier than nearby trails after a rain event. If you are looking for a more rugged ride, this is the trail for you. Many people enjoy bringing their fatbike here. Winter riding is allowed (please stay off XC ski trails!), and a volunteer occasionally grooms the trail.


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Oct 11, 2017
Paul Niebuhr
Just rode the main loop with my wife. Great ride for her. A little boring for me. 9.6mi
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The Land Manager for Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park and the the trail is Wright County Parks, Buffalo, MN. Please update the listing to assist users with the proper contact. MORC is assisting with volunteers to continue to improve the trails, signage and sustainability of the system. Thanks the listing. Sep 30, 2014

Love this trail, it is a great trail for climbs and flow, nothing is to extreme for newer riders but the trail has a lot of "B" lines with technical features and it a blast to throw two or three laps in a row for the more ambitious! Nov 4, 2015

For Current Trail Conditions:… Mar 23, 2016

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