Time to Shred: Detroit Mountain

By Friend of Pedal MN

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It’s time to bring out the mountain bike and hit the trails at Detroit Mountain! From beginner to professional, toddler to senior, the mountain biking recreational area provides adventure fit for the entire family.

Professionally built by Progressive Trail Design based out of Arkansas, the trails are perfect for all levels, shapes and sizes of mountain bike enthusiasts.

The park contains 11 miles of machine built cross country flow trails that test your endurance, along with 4 unique downhill trails. Climb to the top on a half-mile switchback climb, or take advantage of Detroit Mountain's weekend lift service to experience their gravity and feature filled jump trails.

Whether you take the lift or ride to the top of Detroit Mountain, you'll “ride the roller coaster” back down on the contour flow trails. Named for their roller coaster-like twists, turns and elevation changes, the contour trails hug the side of the mountain through wooded areas and over berms, rollers and custom-built wood features

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Hone Your Skills

The Skills Course is a playground-like facility comprised of a variety of elevated features, such as ladder bridges, designed to teach balance and technical handling skills.

Teach Your Kids to Shred

Providing a safe and friendly environment to encourage kids to have fun, the Strider Adventure Zone was built exclusively for young riders from 18 months to 5 years old. Designed like a mini skills park, it's the perfect environment for young riders to improve their confidence, bike-handling skills and balance.

Strider bikes are essentially just two wheels and a frame – they don’t have pedals, gears, brakes or a drivetrain. They’re a popular alternative to training wheels, quickly teaching new riders the fundamentals of balancing on two wheels and leaning through turns. After they’ve nailed the basics, it’s a safe and smooth transition to riding a pedal bike. Strider bikes are available at the Detroit Mountain rental shop.

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Detroit Mountain Lodge

Head to the Detroit Mountain Lodge to find the rental shop, retail shop, and limited food and beverage service. Full-suspension and hardtail mountain bikes are available for rent, along with fat bikes.

Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

More information on the event, rental shop and ride pricing, maps, and hours of operation can be found at www.detroitmountain.com.