“Boundary Waters is Bi-Polar. Flat and easy and also steep and hilly.”
— MTB Project Staff
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The trails are located behind the Boundary Waters Aquatic Center on Rt. 166. Just drive around the building and go to the end of the parking lot. You'll see a nicely decorated trailhead and a paved trail that heads off into the woods. This is a 3/4 mile handicap accessible paved trail. As you proceed along this paved trail you'll come across dirt trail intersections. Feel free to explore. The blue and yellow trails are basically flat and easy to spin on with the occasional rooty sections. Find the entrance to the red trails and you quickly be engaging your climbing gears. These trails are mostly straight up and straight down. They weren't built by bikers so they don't have that flowy biker feel but there is an intense workout to be had here. If you're in the Douglas area and want to do hill repeats, Boundary Waters is a good choice. All the red trails are in the northern part of the part.
All of these trails are pretty well groomed. No too much bumpity-bump.
Two points of caution:
- If it has rained at all in the past couple weeks then the blue and yellow trails will have wet and impassable sections. You can usually find your way around but there is a big problem here with standing water. The red trails should be fine as they have the elevation change to let the water run off. There is a little known entrance to get to the red trails quickly. Find the baseball fields (north of the aquatic center building) then locate the field at the highest elevation in the park. Drive past it and look across the field for the trail that heads up the hill into the wood. Follow that trail and take your first left.
- This place gets a good amount of horse traffic and it these were horse trails before they were bike trails so yield to the horses and ask the rider how you should pass or risk getting kicked in the head by a startled horse.
Finally, the local SORBA chapter has plans to get in here and build some nice singletrack trails but that project does not even have a start date yet.