Yawkey: Skip, Timbershaft, Little Rock

Cuyuna.com Trail Ride Overview:

This nearly 4 mile mountain biking singletrack ride loop features the full technical riding challenges of the Yawkey Unit of trails 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 ride loop is for technical skill riding experts only. For all other users, please build your technical skill riding abilites within the Miner's Mountain Rally Center Bike Skills Area in the Mahnomen Unit of trails.

On this technical trail cycling loop, you'll experience:

  • Haul Road (Gets you in and out of the Yawkey Unit of Trails)
  • Skip
  • Timber Shaft
  • Little Rock
  • Depending on the speed you ride, this could be a couple of hours, or a full day experience, if you want to session the challenges to your heart's content.

    This entire singletrack loop is a one-direction, one-way 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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    6.079 km / 3.777 mi

    Total Distance

    176 m / 578 ft

    Total Ascent

    176 m / 578 ft

    Total Descent

    404 m / 1,324 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
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Expert (Double Black)
    Ride Duration: Various
    Fitness Level: Ultra Fit
    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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