Bunyan Biker Brawl

Total Miles
9.1

Elevation

506.41 ft

Duration

2.25 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail is shockingly windy and long. It is also possibly the most challenging dirt bike trail in Paul Bunyan State Forest. There are many steep hill climbs and declines that do not last incredibly long but have hard rocks or roots to traverse which will require good balance or courage. Some areas of loose sand in ruts as well add hill climb challenges if stalled mid-climb. Lots of pretty small lakes and one section that overlooks a large low section in the distance. An extremely beautiful trail, especially during fall colors but it will challenge you. The southern 4 miles of the trail are smoother which is nice to end on. General Note on Trail Riding in MN: Many trails heavily change in difficulty depending on the time of the year, weather conditions, and proximity to the trailhead. These areas have lots of birch trees which will routinely drop over trails. Many local clubs tend to the trails but there may be obstacles that come up if there was a thunderstorm the week prior. Rain and snow can also heavily change the trails as often rutted trails get more washed out, puddles become deeper, mud is stickier, and rocks/roots become slippery. The time of year can also dramatically change the landscape. Some trails that seem wide open after fall can be very dense and narrow before leaves begin to fall. Once birch leaves have fallen, trails become unpredictable as everything is covered by the leaves except larger obstacles. I have also seen a black bear once so it may be advantageous to carry some bear spray as a precaution but for many years it only happened once and just by dumpsters.

Difficulty

Lots of steep inclines and declines with large obstacles. A few ledges, rocks, roots, and loose sand sections. Narrow trees, windy portions, consistent small challenges as well.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

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Access Description

There is a nearby campground called Stompin' Grounds you can stay at and ride out of otherwise there is an official trail head and plenty of dispersed camping throughout the state forest.

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