Portsmouth/Yawkey: South Drag Line+Haul Road

Cuyuna.com Trail Ride Overview:

An "extended" 5.2 mile loop for a beginner to intermediate mountain biker. Starting and ending 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.

This loop starts on the paved Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail heading west across HWY 6 from the parking area and then leading into both segments of South Drag Line trail, continuing again east across HWY 6, and experiencing the full loop of the Haul Road singletrack trail.

These two trails feature Cuyuna's more appropriate flow and elevation for the first-time cyclist.

Depending on the speed you cycle, this could be a couple of hours, or a full day experience.

The Cuyuna Lakes State Paved Trail is a two-way, two-direction trail. The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails per this ride loop are a one-way, one-direction loop.

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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8.368 km / 5.2 mi

Total Distance

176 m / 576 ft

Total Ascent

175 m / 573 ft

Total Descent

400 m / 1,313 ft

Highest Point

Additional Info:

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.



• 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.



• 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
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: Various
Fitness Level: Medium
MTB Segment: cross country
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Average
Mobile Coverage: Limited
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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