Theodore Wirth MTB Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Golden Valley, MN that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
See: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=448 From Run Minnesota blog (http://runminnesota.blogspot.com/2010/05/tuesday-trails-theodore-wirth-park.html): Looking at the map (south of Hwy 55), it doesnt look like there would be a lot of mileage, but the Park Board has done a fantastic job of cramming a ton of trails into this small space without making it feel like theyve crammed in a ton of trails. There are two parts of South Wirth: Quaking Bog on the west side of Theodore Wirth Parkway, and Eloise Butler on the east side. Both have their unique challenges. The side that has Eloise Butler Wildflower Sanctuary has about 4 miles of trails (entirely outside the sanctuary). The course generally follows the cross country ski trails, with a few small deviations. The terrain is full of steep climbs and descends, and my favorite: a gorgeous section of trail through a coniferous forest glen that feels like Northern California. Its hard to get the exact loop in Eloise down well. I usually just end up running there for a half hour or so until I feel like Ive run out of trail. After Eloise, comes the Bog. Quaking Bog, that is. The route in the Bog is well marked with ski posts, so just follow that main loop for a 2.5 mile time trial. Highlights include several tough climbs, a beautiful Tamarac swamp, and trying to run by the house with the constantly barking dog without waking it up. The best places to access the South Wirth trails are from the parking lot off of Glenwood at the South beach at Wirth Lake or from the south by Brownie and Cedar Lakes off of the Grand Rounds.
Easiest place to get lost in the city!
I grew up roaming these trails. So I know it pretty good. Still a great trail. But keep an eye out for creeps and idiot teens who are just out to hassle someone.
Good single track trail for all skill levels. Tight corners, good speed, not fast but good. Down tree in the beginning.. Rock gardens.. Etc.. Worth the time.
This is a real single track trail, expert loop is very challenging later on in the north loop
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Fun! Fast ride through the trees. Some
Nice obstacles and a couple of hard obstacles throughout the trail. You can make it as easy as you want.
It's ok. Not as 'fast' as I'd like it to be. Lots of roots break your momentum, although there are a few areas to capitalize on speed and get some air. The last part of the trail is my favorite.