Portsmouth: South Drag Line Full Loop

Cuyuna.com Trail Ride Overview:

This 2.9 mile beginner/intermediate-friendly mountain biking singletrack ride loop features both the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail and both loops of the South Drag Line singletrack trail south of the Portsmouth Mine Lake. This loop starts and finishes at the Croft Mine Historical parking lot just north of the City of Crosby, on MN HWY 6.

Currently you do not need a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit to park in the Croft Mine Historical parking lot.

You'll enjoy biking the following trails:

  • Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail heading West out of the Croft Mine Historial parking lot.
  • Cross (cycle across) State Highway 6, please yield to all traffic.
  • Continue west on the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail.
  • Cycle past the first mountain bike trail you see to your left.
  • Turn left onto the Drag Line singletrack trail (by Trail Kiosk and Picnic Shelter) off the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail.
  • Complete the first loop of Drag Line.
  • Continue on the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail until you reach the continuation of the Drag Line singletrack trail.
  • Cycle this segment of South Drag Line and cycle back on to the Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail that will bring you back to the parking lot or you could session the same trails again for additional smiles per hour.
  • It should be noted, the second loop of the Drag Line singletrack trail is more difficult than the first loop.

    Depending on your mountain biking speed, this could be an hour or a half-day experience.

     

    This ride route features one-way, one-direction singletrack trail.

     

    WARNING ⚠: Please read the IMBA Responsbile Riding Rules of the Trail prior to riding by clicking https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail

     

    WARNING ⚠: Please review IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System prior to riding by clicking here.

     

    WARNING ⚠: Please read the safety warnings on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Trail Map by clicking here.

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    4.768 km / 2.963 mi

    Total Distance

    87 m / 284 ft

    Total Ascent

    87 m / 284 ft

    Total Descent

    394 m / 1,294 ft

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    On-Trail Navigation:

    • For on-trail navigation click "LOCATE ME" on the map (Below) on your smart phone. Location services must be turned on via your web browser and your cell phone coverage must be adequate. Additionally, for GARMIN users please download the GPX file (right hand column on this page) and upload it to your GARMIN device. Then load this route on your GARMIN prior to mountain biking.

     

    Trail Conditions:

    • For trail conditions visit the MN DNR CCSRA homepage— Keep in mind the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources does not update their trail conditions daily, just when trails are open, or temporarily closed due to conditions or maintenance.

     

    Donate:

    • To make a donation to the ongoing annual maintenance of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails, please visit the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CREW), a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association's website.

     

    Volunteer:

    • To join the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew in their annual trail maintenance please fill out this short form by clicking here.The CREW will get in contact with you. Thank you!

     

    ​​​​​​​WARNING ⚠: The guidance on this website is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking and bicycling on gravel or paved roads are inherently risky and failure to abide by the rules and signage of the trail and road may cause serious injury or death.

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Sightseeing
    Commuter
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Medium
    MTB Segment: cross country
    Trail Signage: Average
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle
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