Paul Bunyan North Loop Saga

Total Miles
11.3

Elevation

460.11 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is the longest single section of the dirt biking trail at Paul Bunyan State Forest. Though there are some small sections to hop off the trail, I consider it to be continuous. There are many inclines and declines throughout the trail with some large rocks and roots that typically cross the trail or can be challenging to drive over without kicking your back tire. There are a few mile sections in the middle that is very smooth but the beginning and end sections are more challenging. Like most trails in Northern Minnesota, there are multiple scenic lakes, forests, and ponds for a really enjoyable nature scene as you ride the trail. There are rocks and ruts that will be challenging but nothing that stands out as an astonishing obstacle. 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.

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Paul Bunyan North Loop Saga
Paul Bunyan North Loop Saga
Paul Bunyan North Loop Saga

Difficulty

Multiple rutted out areas with steep inclines. It can get close on the sides to bike pegs and rocks can fall into these areas. Also may be small water puddles to cross depending on the time of year or weather.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

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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