Yawkey: Full Loop

To see the ride route map and elevation please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Cuyuna.com Trail Ride Overview:

This mountain biking singletrack ride loop features the full Yawkey Unit of trails (except the technical cycling trails of Little Rock, Skip, and Timber Shaft) 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.

You'll enjoy mountain biking the following trails:

  • Haul Road 
  • Trout 
  • Manuel Drive (A climb to start the trail)
  • Grizzly
  • Man Cage
  • Trout
  • and Bobsled (A climb to start the trail, but a wonderful downhill to reward your effort)
  • Features of this loop include views of the Manuel and Yawkey Mine Lakes along with sweet singletrack flow trail throughout the entire unit. This entire singletrack loop is a one-direction, one-way trail.

    Depending on your mountain biking speed, this could be a couple of hours, or a full day experience. 


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




    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's website— 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 at http://www.cuyunalakesmtb.com/donate.html


          • To jon the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew in their annual trail maintenance please fill out this short form by clicking http://www.cuyunalakesmtb.com/volunteer.html. The CREW will get in contact with you. Thank you!


            • To join the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and IMBA as a member, please visit their website.

              Responsible riding: International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Rules of the Trail


              Respect the landscape

              • Respect your local trail builders and be a good steward of the physical environment. Keep singletrack single by staying on the trail. Practice Leave No Trace Principles. Do not ride muddy trails because it causes rutting, widening and maintenance headaches. Ride through standing water, not around it. Ride (or walk) technical features, not around them.


              Share the trail

              • Most of the trails we ride are multi-use. Mountain bikers yield to foot traffic, and descending cyclists yield to climbing cyclists. Be nice. Say hi.

                Ride open, legal trails

                • Poaching trails, building illegal singletrack or adding unauthorized trail features are detrimental to our access of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Poorly-built features could also seriously injure other trail users. If you believe there aren’t enough trails or variety near you, it's time to get involved. Your engagement will be welcomed because it takes a village to create, enhance and protect great places to ride. Please visit the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew's website.

                  Ride in control

                  • Speed, inattentiveness and rudeness are the primary sources of trail conflict among user groups. If you need to pass, slow down, ring a bell or verbally announce yourself, and wait until the other trail user is out of the path. Be extra aware when riding trails with poor sight lines and blind corners, and make sure you can hear what's going on around you by not wearing personal earphones when mountain biking or trail running.

                    Plan ahead

                    • Be prepared and self-sufficient. Every mountain biker should carry what they need for the ride they're undertaking, and know how to fix a flat tire and make minor repairs. Download a GPS trail app on your phone for navigation or carry a map in unfamiliar locations. Ride with a partner or share your riding plan with someone if you’re heading out solo.

                      Mind the animals

                      • If you encounter wildlife, please let the wildlife be, and remain exactly where it was found.


                        • If you want to ride with your dog, they must be on leash no longer than six feet in length. Be prepared to take care of your dog. Ensure your companion is obedient enough to not cause problems for you, other trail users or wild animals.

                          Helpful tips from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


                          The Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm

                          • Mountain bike trail closures will be posted on the CCSRA website and at obvious locations in the field.
                          • When rain results in wet or soft trail conditions, the trails will be immediately closed to all users until conditions improve. Please contact the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area office for up-to-date information at 218-546-5926 or visit 307 3rd Street, Ironton, MN 56455 or visit the MN DNR Cuyuna Country State Recreation website.
                          • Wet, soft or muddy trails are closed trails. Muddy bikes or footwear are indications of closed trails.
                          • Trails are closed during rain. Trails can typically be ridden a few hours after the rain has stopped.
                          • Check weather forecast for Ironton (zip 56455) before you travel.
                          • Any activity that causes trail damage to the single-track mountain biking trails by foot or bike is prohibited.
                          • The Sagamore Unit trails do not close under wet weather conditions.

                            Mountain Biking Safety Tips:

                            • There are inherent risks to mountain biking, ride at your own risk.
                            • Test the fit and function of your equipment before each ride.
                            • Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
                            • Wear bright-colored clothing so others can see you.
                            • Obey all rules and signs.
                            • Ride with a friend to promote fun and safety.
                            • Always yield the trail.
                            • Let others know you are coming.
                            • Be aware of your surroundings and other trail users.
                            • Ride to your ability and in control at all times.
                            • Do not ride on soft or wet trails.
                            • Ride open trails only.


                              • Mountain bike trails include loose and slippery surfaces.
                              • Proceed carefully as rocks and trees frequently fall, and are commonly encountered on the mountain bike trails.
                              • Extreme caution should be used on the mountain bike trails at all times!
                              • In winter cycling, there is no such thing as “safe ice,” and ice seldomly freezes uniformly.

                                Emergency Response:

                                • If you have an emergency, call 911, and provide the dispatcher with the following:
                                • Description of the emergency.
                                • Numbers on the nearest emergency GPS location marker.
                                • Name of the trail you are on.

                                  Prohibited uses within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area:

                                  • Remote camping.
                                  • Consuming or displaying intoxicating liquors.
                                  • Building or maintaining a fire except in a fire ring at the Portsmouth Campground.
                                  • Target and trap shooting.
                                  • Horse riding on the mountain biking trail.
                                  • Pets must be personally attended to at all times.
                                  • Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet in length.
                                  • Any activity that damages the trails by foot or bike.

                                    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 could result in injury or death.

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                                    12.06 km / 7.494 mi

                                    Total Distance

                                    339 m / 1,112 ft

                                    Total Ascent

                                    338 m / 1,110 ft

                                    Total Descent

                                    422 m / 1,383 ft

                                    Highest Point

                                    Ride type:
                                    Mountain biking
                                    Road riding
                                    Rail Trail
                                    EPIC Ride
                                    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
                                    Ride Duration: Various
                                    Fitness Level: High
                                    MTB Segment: various
                                    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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