Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain

Growing up in small town Minnesota meant that most adventures required a bit of driving to reach. Although there are several ski hills within a few hours drive from where we grew up in Pelican Rapids, there was only one that was less than a 30 minute drive away: Detroit Mountain. After more than 50 years of operation, Detroit Mountain closed its slopes in 2004. But, with the help of the local community and the campaign “Bring Back Detroit Mountain”, they reopened in 2014 as a year-round recreation facility.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Now, in addition to skiing (both cross country and downhill), snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking in the winter, they now offer mountain biking in the summer, as well.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

We haven’t been able to check out the new and improved Detroit Mountain in the winter as of yet, but Micah was able to take his new Raleigh Bicycle there this summer to finally get some mountain biking in. We’ve had a pretty busy schedule this summer, so most of our bike rides have been in town on trails such as the The Midtown Greenway, and we also had one chance to ride on the trails at Itasca State Park. That being said, Micah was anxious to actually take his bike out on a mountain biking trail.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Since I’m not the biggest fan of mountain biking myself, Micah rounded up a few friends and they made their way over to Detroit Mountain for an evening of biking. Detroit Mountain is still in the process of building and improving trails, but as of summer 2016, there are around 18 trails open. The trails are varying lengths and difficulty levels as they wanted to create trails for everyone to enjoy regardless of their skill level.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Currently, the chair lifts and lodge are open on the weekends from 10 or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. When Micah went for a ride, it was a weekday, so the chairlifts weren’t open. This meant that they could either bike their way up the hill or explore some of the lower trails. Since they were starting rather late in the day, they decided to check out the two West Side Bike Trails as they were a bit easier to access: Twisted Sister and EZ-Ryder.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The Twisted Sister trail is a blue trail (medium difficulty) and it is 1.95 miles long, while the EZ-Ryder trail is a green trail (less difficult) and 1.1 miles long. Micah said the trails ran through wooded areas filled with trees and the trails were well maintained. While they weren’t on the downhill trails, the cross-country trails they explored still had elevation changes. With rocks, twists, and turns the trails were both exciting, challenging, and a great workout, especially because he hadn’t been mountain biking in over a year.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

So, how did Micah’s bike perform now that he finally had a chance to take it out mountain biking? He said it handled great and he felt comfortable throughout the entire ride. The shocks performed well and had good absorbency, especially when encountering unexpected rocks and bumps in the trail. The brakes were solid and reliable, the tire traction was strong, and with his padded shorts, the seat remained comfortable throughout the ride. He came home excited to take the bike out on even more mountain biking trails in the future, so I have to say, it sounds like it went pretty well!

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

In addition to the two trails they explored, the mountain offers Downhill Flow Trails on the east side of the park; these trails incorporate berms, wood ramps, and multiple rollers. The Contour Flow Trails offer a ride that will make you feel like you are on a roller coaster, and Skills Course offers elevated features where you can test and hone your balance and technical skills. There is also a Strider Adventure Zone, which gives children under 5 years old a friendly atmosphere to develop their mountain biking skills and confidence.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

When the lodge is open, you can pay inside and rent bikes if you don’t have one yourself. If the lodge isn’t open, there is box at the trailhead where payment can be made. For the summer 2016 season, a day pass for the trails is $5 per person or $10 per family, and there are a variety of summer pass options available, as well. Access to the chairlift is an additional fee that ranges from $8-$25. The trails are open from dusk to dawn 7 days a week, while the lodge is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and the chairlifts from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mountain Biking at Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Even though I’m still warming up to the idea of mountain biking, I do have to admit that hearing about these trails made me want to give it another try. In the meantime, I’m happy to take my hybrid bike out around the city and on park trails!

Special thanks to Raleigh Bicycles for providing us with complimentary bikes! As always, all opinions are our own.

 

26 Comments
  • noel
    Posted at 01:20h, 18 September Reply

    That’s a smart of use of the trails during the summer time especially when they are already groomed and ready to go. Love all the shots with the fun speed blurs.

  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    Posted at 02:11h, 18 September Reply

    Call me naive but I have never heard of a mountain dedicated to mountain biking. What a great idea and even better that you can ski on it in winter too

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:22h, 21 September Reply

      I hadn’t heard of it until the last couple of years either–it sounds like more and more ski resorts are opening the hills in the summer with mountain biking trails. It’s a great way to use the land all year long!
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  • Megan Jerrard
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    Posted at 04:09h, 18 September Reply

    So glad to hear the community came together to reopen Detroit Mountain – it sounds like a really fantastic place! Would love to get there and give our mountain bikes a whirl – sounds like some pretty diverse trails!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:19h, 21 September Reply

      We were so happy to hear they reopened as well and it’s great that it was a community effort that got them back open! It’s a really great spot if you ever have the chance to visit!
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  • travelordietrying
    Posted at 06:33h, 18 September Reply

    What a great experience! Love your photosthey are so pozitive???? As a big fan of mountain biking i fell in love with Detroid Mountain????it is really stunning. Definitely will try it too

  • Christina
    Posted at 07:56h, 18 September Reply

    Love the action shots guys. It looks like you had a great time giving Detroit Mountain a whirl. I’m amazed they reopened the mountain after 10 years and curious to know why it closed in the first place. It looks like a perfect spot to go biking in summer and I’m sure it’ll be a fun place to go skiing in winter too.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:53h, 21 September Reply

      Thanks! It’s a great spot! It sounds like it closed because of a few bad winters combined with a couple of other unfortunate instances, but I’m glad it’s back up and running!
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  • Vanessa
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    Posted at 08:42h, 18 September Reply

    I absolutely love it when something can be re-purposed like this to serve the community year round. I have never tried mountain biking – too much of a big wimp – but you did mention there were some trails that were rated less difficult so I might be tempted to give it a try.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:43h, 21 September Reply

      Same here! I love when spots are created like this–it turned out great! Yeah, there are definitely some easier trails–they are still mountain bike trails so they’ll have rocks and bumps and stuff, but not all of the trails are crazy and downhill!
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  • Janna
    Posted at 19:49h, 18 September Reply

    What an awesome experience! I;ve never really done anything like this before. Ive been telling my husband we should get our own bikes and start biking whenever we visit national parks. Great workout for sure!

  • Mar Pages
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    Posted at 00:31h, 19 September Reply

    The blurred photos make it look like you were flying through the trail! I haven’t properly given mountain biking a try, but never say never. Hopefully the opportunity presents itself soon!

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel
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    Posted at 03:51h, 19 September Reply

    Oh what, what a beautiful part of the world to go mountain biking! This is something I’d love to try. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂
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  • Lauren Meshkin
    Posted at 18:31h, 19 September Reply

    I love mountain biking! This looks awesome. Great photos. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  • Travis
    Posted at 17:10h, 07 October Reply

    Looks like an awesome trail! I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Roger
    Posted at 08:37h, 15 November Reply

    Cool that the community managed to reopen Detroit Mountain. Looks like a great place to mountain bike. Nice photo! 🙂
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  • diamondback edgewood review
    Posted at 04:11h, 24 December Reply

    I love that they provide the bikes. That would be the one thing that would stop me doing it while traveling; Having to transport my bike with me. Thanks for the info!

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