Presenting the Deerwood Good + road cycling route: a 36-mile loop that starts and finishes at Cykel in Ironton.
The start of this ride will take you immediately north of the City of Ironton and past the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area on Crow Wing County Highway 30, and bring you past the mining towns of Trommald and even the ghost town of Manganese.
About 6.5 miles into the ride, you’ll cycle past the Milford Mine Memorial (just before crossing State Highway 6). If the weather is ideal (warm temps and dry dirt) Milford is a must-stop along your way. For more on the Milford Mine Memorial, click here.
From there you’ll continue throughout the gorgeous rolling hills and lakes of Deerwood. You’ll cycle past the lakes of Cedar, Long, Hamlet, Portage, and eventually Serpent until you spin your way around the south side of Ironton for your triumphant return to the Start/Finish at Cykel.
The majority of the roads on this route are Crow Wing County asphalt roads. However, there is a short segment on State Highway 6 that provides a section of higher-traffic road that experienced road cyclists will be accustomed to—a narrow shoulder, rumble strip, and frequent automobile traffic. This is not ideal for beginning cyclists or families.
And remember, this is a great route for both early spring, late fall, and any day that the mountain bicycle trails are temporarily closed due to moisture or the Minnesota Rifle Deer Hunting Season. Ride Deerwood Good + on a road bike, a gravel bike, a mountain bike, even a fat bike if you want.
Remember to wear high-vis apparel (blaze orange is our favorite) mount a rear-facing blinking light on your saddle post, and follow all the rules of the road. Links provided below.
WARNING ⚠: Read the Minnesota Bicycle Laws provided by BikeMN by clicking here.
WARNING ⚠: Read the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook provided by the BikeMN by clicking here.
WARNING ⚠: Read the Rules of the Road provided by the League of American Bicyclists by clicking here.
WARNING ⚠: Read the Ride Better Tips provided by the League of American Bicyclists by clicking here.
WARNING ⚠: The guidance on this website is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking and bicycling on gravel or paved roads are inherently risky and failure to abide by the rules and signage of the trail and road may cause serious injury or death.