by Christian Max


The heart of the northern Minnesota; the mecca of mountain biking. Tioga, Redhead, Giants Ridge, Cuyuna, Lutsen, Duluth, Detroit Mountain. 300 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails, found mainly in the iconic Arrowhead region of northern Minnesota.

Emerging from the early days of rough, hand-built "ride where you can" 1990's to the destination-level, PTBA trail system investments of today, the evolution of Minnesota mountain biking is alive.

Fast, flowing roller-coaster downhills. Heart-beating, muscle-pushing climbs. Rock filled, technical descents. Entry level, experienced, extreme. The system of northern Minnesota mountain biking has something to exceed the need of every rider. More than you could ever want; greater than you will ever need.


Destination mountain bike systems are revolutionary in northern Minnesota. Cuyuna, Duluth, Lutsen, and Detroit Mountain were created fresh from the black and beautiful wilderness. Tioga, Redhead, and Giants Ridge are following that wave of success. Together, these lone trail systems become a network far exceeding the value of any single system. A consciousness created from the power of the collective. Mountain biking in northern Minnesota is planting itself into the landscape. This mountain bike trail network is responsible for $100 million dollars in economic impact, giving more reasons for people and business to come here, stay here, and live here.

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