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Outer SW Loop

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 3.0 (2)

Take the trail less traveled and enjoy some easy climbs, dips, and water crossings.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Doubletrack

977' 298 m

High

902' 275 m

Low

98' 30 m

Up

92' 28 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

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Bikes are only allowed in the summer. $5 parking or annual pass. Be sure to yield to horses and hikers.

Description

This trail is less traveled compared to the other trails and can get a little grassy, but it's worth it. From the Eagle Point loop, take a right at the intersection between Raleigh Creek and Farney Creek. This will take you uphill.

The first section of the trail I enjoy going the opposite direction. The top of the hill has a shortcut trail to the Outer NW Loop. Starting from the crest and heading back towards the Eagle Point Loop is all downhill. I like to lay off the brakes and pump the terrain to see how far I can make it without pedaling.

The best water crossing, in my opinion, is just before the trail intersects the Outer NW Loop. The creek is shallow and has a rocky bottom (almost like a rock garden feature). Carry some speed to make it through the water and over the rocks.

After the trail intersects the Outer NW Loop, the trail climbs to a ridge that borders the park. One can see the water towers and smoke stacks of Hudson from there. The descent from the ridge as the trail heads back to the Eagle Point Loop is swift and includes a loose, gravely surface.

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Land Manager: Washington County, MN

Shared By:

matt pekuri

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View from the top of a climb along a ridge on the outer edge of the park.
Aug 20, 2014 near Oakdale, MN
Sunset over Lake ElmoPark. What a great way to spend a summer evening.
Aug 20, 2014 near Lake Elmo, MN
Doubletrack. Pick your track and crank it out. Rolling prairie as far as the eye can see.
Aug 15, 2014 near Lake Elmo, MN

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