Paul Bunyan West River Rd Loop

Total Miles
5.4

Elevation

514.09 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail is a really nice edge of the park trail. This area feels removed from the rest of the trails. It is not overly narrow but there are plenty of spaces to pass other vehicles on the trail. A few technical spots like a small "rock garden" type obstacle hill. Overall really pretty with some great northern evergreen areas with pine beds and small ponds/lakes. 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 West River Rd Loop
Paul Bunyan West River Rd Loop
Paul Bunyan West River Rd Loop

Difficulty

Rocks, climbs, gravel, sand

Technical Rating

3

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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