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Battle Creek Mountain Bike Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.2 (36) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A MORC group ride route.


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9.5

Miles

15.2

KM

90%

Singletrack

1,034' 315 m

High

733' 223 m

Low

1,029' 314 m

Up

1,029' 314 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

~10 miles of a mix of 2-way and 1-way trails. Although hilly at times, the climbs tend to be relatively short and trails are mainly fast, hard-pack, with a few sandy sections and some areas with a bunch of rocks and roots.

Description

Battle Creek Regional Park is located approximately five miles east of downtown St. Paul, off I-94.

Driving east on I-94, exit on McKnight Road and turn right (south). Drive south to Upper Afton Road. Turn right on Upper Afton Road and drive to Winthrop Street. Turn left on Winthrop Street, and drive approximately one block. Turn right, into the Battle Creek Community Center parking lot. Find a place to park—you're at the trailhead!

The official trailhead is located directly south of the Community Center. Just head south across the grass, until you pick up a well-worn singletrack about 100 yards later. (Note: there is another parking lot available off Pt. Douglas Road—we don't recommend using it, as there have been quite a few break-ins at the Pt. Douglas lot.)

Battle Creek offers quite an extensive network of trails, as compared to most metropolitan trail systems. In many areas of the park, it's easy to forget you're surrounded by suburbs on all sides. Battle Creek has something for riders of all technical abilities, with trails running the gamut from smooth, hard-pack ski trails to expert-level singletrack.

The terrain is quite hilly, so expect the trails to give you a good workout. Although hilly, the climbs tend to be relatively short, with the longest single climb gaining approximately 110' in elevation. Trails are mainly fast hard-pack, with a few sandy sections and a few rocks and roots.

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Bryan Thoreson

Trail Ratings

  3.2 from 36 votes

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  3.2 from 36 votes
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Photos

A Tour of Battle Creek.
Jan 17, 2019 near Maplewood, MN
Goat trail rocky descent.
Aug 8, 2013 near Maplewood, MN
Beginning of The Luge
Aug 8, 2013 near Maplewood, MN
Muggy, foggy morning at the overlook
Aug 31, 2015 near Maplewood, MN
Trails widen in areas. Great for water breaks.
Jun 13, 2020 near Maplewood, MN
Final climb on Jesus Saves.
Aug 8, 2013 near Maplewood, MN

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Apr 3, 2021
Leigh Kennedy
Trail is in great shape for a spring ride!
Oct 12, 2020
Dan Banks
Sep 5, 2020
Alex Roob
9.8mi — 1h 30m
May 27, 2020
shandra oconnell
Really nice family ride.
May 7, 2020
Jamey Mossengren
May 2, 2020
JR Zedan
Sep 24, 2019
Graham Kolb
Great trail, but poorly marked.Travis's trail and goat were fantastic,will try to clean next time. Chute is SCARY.Got lost in middle ski trails;signs? 10mi — 2h 00m
Sep 15, 2019
Gabriel Johnston
Signage still sucks. No names on signs makes for a very confusing ride.