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9.8 mile 15.8 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 615' 187 m
Descent: -613' -187 m
High: 997' 304 m
Low: 893' 272 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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A little something for everyone, and a challenge for anyone.

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A favorite of those in the know, Murphy Hanrehan offers widely varied terrain, fantastic technical features and an all around good time. Some of the favorites are the tall and narrow bridge, the uphill rock garden and step bridge. While the whole trail is a fantastic ride, there are some great fast spots, and great skill builders.
This trail may be tough for riders who are not as strong, since it has a fair amount of mild but long climbs but don't let that keep you away!


This trail is a favorite of locals, but worth a trip down to Savage from anywhere in the Metro. From the parking area, cross the road and head south. The trail winds its way through some prairie and then goes into the woods. Gentle climbs bring the rider to the top of the ridge, which is followed, more or less until the trail converges on the first "head out or head back" point.

Turn left and head over the harder loop qualifier, which should be easily ridden by anyone making it to that point. Don't let it be a deterrent to continuing, because the trail just gets better. The surface of the trail becomes rougher, more roots and rocks the bridges are narrower. The loop will bring you past some of the more interesting technical features, such as an extreme uphill rock garden or a stone bridge.

The awesome "Bird Loop" is back open! Enjoy this roughly half mile sprint through some flowy woods entered by hopping through a now-opened gate and returning just a few yards down the trail

In all the climbing and descending, the trail dips in and out of the woods and the prairie, leading the rider back to the beginning of the outer loop. Follow the left fork to return to the start of the trail.

Climb up and over the ridge and get dumped out into the prairie one last time, put it in high gear and practice your hops, pumps, cornering and direction changes right back to the parking lot.


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Sep 15, 2018
Andy P
Sep 13, 2018
Dave A
Sep 6, 2018
Ben Morine
Aug 23, 2018
Kevin Zavoral
Aug 7, 2018
Burke Minahan
Jul 31, 2018
Nicholas Enderle
Great trail. Nice and dry! 10.2mi
Jul 9, 2018
Jeff Isaacson
9mi — 1h 17m
Jun 22, 2018
Laurent Froissard
Bird loop closed 9.2mi

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Intermediate Intermediate

Brian Vaughn
Plymouth, MN
Brian Vaughn   Plymouth, MN
Rode Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack for the first time today. I found this track to be more suited for the advanced intermediate/expert rider. There is a very short green trail that is great for people that have never ridded on a mountain bike trail before. The intermediate trail is short and has some fun features. I found it challenging with some fun features but too short for a true intermediate. The expert trail is the longest portion of the trail here and the entrance made me feel this wasn't the place for me yet. Climbing rocks isn't in my repertoire yet. Overall: recommended for advanced intermediates and above. Maybe after I get a few more miles under my belt I'll comeback and try the expert trail. Aug 17, 2014

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