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 22 votes


5.0 Miles 8.1 Kilometers




486' 148 m


-484' -148 m



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Max Grade (6°)

1,005' 306 m


909' 277 m



All Clear 14 days ago
Mostly Dry - Sections 1 and 2 closed still for rebuild but 3 and 4 riding great tacky in lower spots and dry in higher sandy spots History

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A nice training ride that never ventures too far from the parking lot.

David Gustafson


This is a fun trail. Plain and simple. Over 7 miles of fun singletrack. Challenging, twisting and exciting. The trail is a singletrack loop that doesn't have many spurs, or crossings, so getting lost isn't a problem.
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Need to Know

As of 2016, the trail no longer has any required fees to park or annual passes. The city of Elk River has planned to make improvements to the trailhead and invest additional money into this trail, so look for on-going trail work in the coming future. Volunteer trail work nights are on Mondays, usually starting mid to late afternoon.


If you're not wanting to do the whole loop, you can hang a left on the grassy doubletrack underneath the powerlines about 1.5 miles into the trail.

After a little bit, look for the singletrack coming back across the grassy doubletrack. You'll see a brown sign saying that this is Hillside park, hiking/biking. This is your trail. Other than a mechanical, or bad weather, you should have no reason to take the shortcut. This trail is too fun to cut anything out. It has a lot of quick ups and downs. With no real sustained climbing, this trail isn't terribly physically demanding, that is unless you push the pace yourself.

I enjoyed the rolling singletrack meandering through the forests, crossing logs, and rocks. The one spot that really impressed me was a switchback climb where they had built out the corner, using logs as retaining walls, so that you could change directions on the hill without completely stalling. It was subtle, but it just shows how much went into this trail. They have also done a great job building up large logs to be completely rideable, many of which are used as skinny's.

With its close proximity to the Metro, and its high quality mountain biking, I am guessing that this trail will develop quite a name for itself.

History & Background

The singletrack trail at Hillside Park was laid out and constructed by BLAST during the years of 1999 and 2000. From 2006-2016 it was maintained by the small DirtWirx crew of volunteers, with numerous improvements made to the original trail design. In 2016, Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists partnered with the City of Elk River to maintain the trail system, and began the process of a major redesign of the trail system to address erosion issues and bring it up to modern sustainability standards, yet retain the Hillside character that many riders have come to enjoy.


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May 22, 2018
Brendan Philip
Sep 4, 2017
blue suede
Sep 4, 2017
Adam Milnes
Aug 15, 2017
Eric Adams
trail nice and tacky 13mi
Aug 1, 2017
Joseph Beulke
Aug 1, 2017
ryan Windgassen
Rode with a brand new mountain bike, much slower than normal. this trail is way way easier than it used to be. especially section 3. it's also si... 2.5mi
Jul 29, 2017
Bradd Meyer
Trail map needs to be updated as section 3 and 4 are new! 5.6mi
Jul 29, 2017
Jon Madson
Ride em all #12!

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This is the go-to trail for technical features in the metro area. There are a few challenging features that i'd consider expert. It has a real mtn bike trail feel, not buffed like other trails in the area. Jul 15, 2015

Great ride. Watch out for the sand and tree roots after a rain. Aug 10, 2015
Brutal course! Far more technical climbs than all the other metro courses combined. Jul 9, 2016

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