Paul Bunyan's Smooth Backwoods Cruise

Total Miles


505.11 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail is quite smooth and flowy as we call it. You are able to go somewhat fast without many bumps. The trail is narrower in spots but overall a wider trail with the occasional roots and rocks but nothing nagging. Not much water. A few challenging spots and a few inclines and declines but overall very enjoyable. As always in Minnesota, great fall colors and woods views.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's Smooth Backwoods Cruise

Paul Bunyan's Smooth Backwoods Cruise
Paul Bunyan's Smooth Backwoods Cruise
Paul Bunyan's Smooth Backwoods Cruise


You will come across roots, rocks, inclines, declines, narrow tree spots, and occasional water.

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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 trailhead and plenty of dispersed camping throughout the state forest.

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