CCSRA Mountain Bike Trail Expansion Updates

These trail expansion updates are brought to you by Aaron Hautala, a Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew volunteer, who continues to spearhead the latest trail expansion projects and closely collaborate with the Minnesota DNR.

Coming in 2022

Sagamore Unit will undergo construction 2021–2022, with the following tentatively opening in late fall 2022 or early 2023:

  • A new trailhead facility (think paved parking, changing stations, picnic areas, and an overlook)
  • New trails that range from easy to very difficult
  • Cuyuna’s first trail designed for users of adaptive bikes (three- and four-wheel handcycles). This trail was made possible by a grant written by the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

When complete in Spring of 2023, Cuyuna will feature and estimated 66 miles of interconnected one-way, one-direction, purpose-built singletrack trails. All mountain bike trails will also be easily accessible by unit courtesy of the 9.6-mile paved Cuyuna Lakes State Trail, which also provides cycling access to the Cities of Riverton, Ironton, Crosby, and Deerwood.

Funding for this multi-year expansion project comes from the 2017 Minnesota State Bond Appropriation for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area with the support of regional State Representatives and Senators (Sen. Carrie Ruud, Sen. Paul Gazelka, Rep. Dale Lueck, Rep. Josh Heintzeman, and Rep. John Poston) along with regional businesses and organizations. The expansion advocacy, project, and movement were—and continues to be—spearheaded by Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew volunteers.

It’s been quite the process—it’s been historic. It’s been hard work, but that hard work is about to really pay off.

Buckle up Red Dirt Family!