Paul Bunyan West Steamboat Forest Road

Total Miles
4.4

Elevation

530.18 ft

Duration

0.25 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

Nice wide forest road with pretty fall colors and pine trees. Some occasional ponds or water but it's more woodsy than water views. Multiple spots to disperse camp along this road and great access to many SxS, ATV, and dirt bike trails.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.

Photos of Paul Bunyan West Steamboat Forest Road

Paul Bunyan West Steamboat Forest Road
Paul Bunyan West Steamboat Forest Road
Paul Bunyan West Steamboat Forest Road

Difficulty

This trail is full of gravel and is wash board.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

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Access Description

Right off of State 64.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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