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3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

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Ascent: 51' 15 m
Descent: -50' -15 m
High: 768' 234 m
Low: 759' 231 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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This is the intermediate to advanced loop. The advanced stuff is off to the side, so not mandatory.

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The "Long Loop" is a +4-mile trail that is rated intermediate. There are, however, some features that are advanced, nearly all of which are off to the side of the main trail. There is a rock area called "Stonehenge" that features advanced level rock lines. From there, you'll climb into a prairie area and then descend back into the woods along the highway for a nice intermediate jump.

This is the "Beaver Trail" as you'll be able to tell by the work they have formerly done on the trees. Down the trail a ways, you'll come to another climb/descent that features a large berm which shoots you between some trees - use caution! Farther along the trail you'll, come to a downhill - stay right if you want to just cruise down, or go left if you want to hit some jumps.

Next up is the boardwalk roller coaster - a berm raised boardwalk. This area features fun up and downs. Soon after, you'll come to a very healthy climb, and then more prairie sections. From there you'll get into some rocky, rooty, technical sections. Then the trail heads south again and into another berm. Head back and forth a few more times and you'll need to save your energy for the last sudden climb up to the paved trail crossing.

On from there you'll find more boardwalks and features like the "Bone Shaker" - a log platform ride that does what it says. Then the "Guillotine" - a log over and duck under ride that takes some technique but once you get it, you got it. After that, you'll come to "Paul Bunyan" - a large log pile made out of former telephone poles. From there, get ready for some more boardwalks, random skinny rides and more log piles. Look for a teeter ride in summer of 2015! You'll finally come back out at the intersection for the long loop and short loop. Either go left to repeat the long loop, or go right to complete the ride on the short loop and you'll come back to the trailhead.

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Land Manager: City of Mankato

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