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Carver Lake Park

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4.2 Miles 6.7 Kilometers



284' 86 m


-282' -86 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (8°)

1,000' 305 m


923' 281 m


Shared By Joe Switek


All Clear 54 days ago
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A nice, fast trail for any rider.

Joe Switek

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Carver Lake Park is a nice twisty stacked loop of intermediate singletrack. It's never too technical, but there are several places where a short advanced side trail leaves the main trail, then rejoins it again shortly.


Head west out of the main parking lot and take a quick left off the paved trail. Decend to just above Carver lake and then climb back up to the top of the hill. There are technical features both on the main trail (with ride-arounds) and on turn-off loops. Don't worry, you won't lose any trail by trying out the technical features, they all loop you back to before you left.

Cross the "saggy bridge" a wide (and solid) boardwalk that crosses a valley, and climb up to the point. Test out your flow and pump skills on this short section.

Cross the entrance road and turn right (there are lines painted on the pavement to guide riders). This next section of trail is flatter and faster and is without any technical features. The trail takes a sharp left at a fence and gets a little rooty, but still quick.

After a super easy climb, take a right and fly down the hill great hops and slides available on the way. Ride on or around the downed tree obstacle and then give it a quick hop over a log pyramid.

Climb gently to the paved path and cross it, bearing right. This section is a blast and has more opportunities for speed and fun maneuvering keep right at the fork and follow the two-way trail to the next fork and keep left.

This outer loop has more banked curves and a ditch crossing. Head back out on the two-way trail and keep right at the fork. Climb up the hill back to the path crossing (or cut-off and take that short downhill loop again) and bear right, into the pines.

This last section of trail is flatter and less technical than others and can be ridden very quickly. Catch yourself another log pyramid and ride on until you're dumped out on the grass at the southwest corner of the parking lot.


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Jan 26, 2019
Anthony Carnahan
-13 sounds like a good morning for a ride
Dec 23, 2018
Shawn Bagley
Little icy but fun morning!
Jul 28, 2018
Lori Bodner
Jul 24, 2018
Great first ride of the season. Need more turning practice. 6mi
Jul 22, 2018
Kris Orloske
Great trail for a first timer like myself. I’m hooked. 4.2mi
Jul 22, 2018
Matt Lennartson
Jul 17, 2018
Brian Johnson
Jul 11, 2018
Jesse Ryan
4.2mi — 1h 00m

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This trail has great flow, and it's easy to get a couple of full laps in less than 1.5 hrs. With the three sections / loops you can also add an extra lap on your favorite loop. The trail dries out faster than others in the Twin Cities as well, which makes for a shorter down time after a rain. There is water (during the warm months) and an outhouse and repair station available at the trail head. The trail is also groomed for fat bike riding in the winter. Nov 17, 2017

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