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Hillside Mountain Bike Park

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

This trail was created by the BLAST(Build Land Access Share the Trail). A BLAST signature course: is a twisting, turny climby trail. Different from the trails that we developed in Milaca and sections at Manitou Lakes. This is by far a true mountain bikers dream close to the cities. I share this information to the mountain bike community because your support of the BLAST (volunteers and $$) helps our team create more fun places to ride in the region. Thanks to the Park Board, and the City of Elk River for giving the BLAST an opportunity to bring this great trail to the metro area.
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Latitude
45.242
Longitude
-93.658352
Trail Directions
East on County Rd 12 past the Walmart store 1/3 mile on the south side. Parking lot rough graded, no park sign as of Spring 2001.
Trail Length
6.5 miles(conitinuous loop)
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Elk River
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Review Date
September 24, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mfx007 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I see all of the reviews are old. Correction to the map: it is at 45.299498, -93.540014
Old school trail with lots of short climbs and descents. You can check out the local forum for trail conditions and other info: http://www.morcmtb.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?56-Hillside-Park

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise



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Review Date
November 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jim Ryan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live in Northern California. We have some spectacular trails here. I have ridden at Moab, Lake Tahoe's Flume Trail, Maah Daah Hey, and more. I had the opportunity to spend some time in Minnesota a while ago. I gotta tell ya... The trails at Hillside Park are among some of the best... most fun, trails I have ever ridden. I especially like the continuous twists and turns. The diminishing radius curves are a... well, are a Blast! Thanks for building this park. I enjoyed the time I spent riding.

Recommended Route:
Counter clock wise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
N/A



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Review Date
May 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fisherider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Yep nice trail. Hillside has uphill switchback turns like Lebanon hills has log crossings and rocks. Well done with the use of space available. Very enjoyable place to ride and a good place for a beginner to learn and an expert to enjoy. Fast course with 90% in big ring. Really fun night ride. Only nocks I can give it is that it has very few in trail technical features (ex:rock gardens,log crossings). Will definatly come back. Overall rating a five because it was just fun.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lebanon Hills
Red Wing
Battle Creek
Decorah Iowa is very much worth the trip.



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Review Date
March 24, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: cuznleroy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is a good combination of tight twists, switchbacks and hills. Nothing extensive, but several challenging and technical areas that will definitely keep you coming back for more. Not to long, about 6 1/2 miles, and not very crowded. I've ridden the best trails on the Western slopes of Colorado and while this trail doesn't offer the technical chanllenges found in the mountains, it is one of the best I've ridden in the 5 state area. The only drawback is that this trail is very compac due to space limitations. Still, Blast has created a fantastic trail in a fairly small area. You will not be disappointed.

Recommended Route:
Counter Clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Milaca



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Review Date
August 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: realmtnbiker ,  Cross Country Rider , from colorado

Summary:
I hate to burst the bubble of BLAST, but this trail was anything but a blast. Pardon the nose in the air commentary, but this trail simply sucks. The only real benefit of this trail is that it is a good cardio workout, as far as a "real mountain biker's dream trail" uh, I think you should share what you iz smokin, cuz the design and layout failed miserably. The idea was great, the final product was horrible. Sections were too short with switchbacks that came to early. There was no flow, no chance to get your mo, the trail was just a pitter patter of promise, but no goodies in the end. Before you blast me and my comments, just know I lived in Minnesota for many years, and now live in an area where mountain bike trails are made with a sense of purpose, so screw you I know what I'm talking about. Re-design the trail, you have the space and the idea and purpose behind your work is applauded, but do not over rate this trail cuz it didn't work.

Recommended Route:
None, the trail sucks either way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go west, wait for the mountains, and stop.



Comments
Jim Ryan (05/15/2007)
Granted there are great trails in Colorado. I have ridden them. I live in California and am a X-Country and Cyclocross racer. I have MTBed this trail several times while in MN. It is one of my top three National trails. Don't pay attention to this calumniator. He knows not what he speaks.
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