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Mahnomen: Skills Loop & Intro to Galloping Goose

This 1.7 mile loop builds upon the 0.1 mile mountain biking loop within the Miner’s Mountain Rally Center parking lot by adding the first two short segments of the Galloping Goose singletrack (formerly known as Easy Street) to the mountain trail biking experience.

After you exit the second section of the Galloping Goose singletrack trail you will be able to turn right on the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail to return to the Rally Center parking lot, or to session the first two segments of Galloping Goose from the beginning. The beginner bike skills area and these two sections of singletrack are a wonderful introduction to the sport of mountain biking for both children and new cylists.

It’s recommended if a mountain biker is having difficulty safely advancing on these trails, to continue sessioning (repeating) this trail segment before advancing to the more-advanced segments of the Galloping Goose singletrack trail. (Starting with the third section of the Galloping Goose trail the skill requirement is higher, it is recommended for a more-skilled cyclist to ride the third section first to assess the ability of their ride group.)

The loop starts and finishes in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) Miner’s Mountain Rally Center. A Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required to park a car or truck in this area.

Prior to parking within the Miner’s Mountain Rally Center stop and purchase a State Park Vehicle Permit at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Office at 307 3rd Street, Ironton, MN 56455 or call 218-546-5926 to confirm their open office hours.

Once your State Park permit is in hand, simply drive a few blocks north on HWY 30/Irene Avenue in Ironton. The entrance to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area will be to your left after you drive past the last stop sign within the city of Ironton. The entrance to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is super close to town, but it’s kind of easy to miss the entrance as well.

WARNING : Please read the IMBA Responsbile Riding Rules of the Trail prior to riding by clicking https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail

WARNING : Please review IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System prior to riding by clicking here.

WARNING : Please read the safety warnings on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Trail Map by clicking here.