Gravel/Pavement Grinder: Woodtick-40 Mile Loop

To view the ride route map and elevation please scroll to the bottom of this page. Trail Ride Overview:

This nearly 40 mile gravel and pavement ride loop takes you throughout the Cuyuna Hills and the Gravel Alps of Aitkin County (as the locals call them). You'll experience approximately 60% gravel, 40% pavement throughout.


It's recommended to bike this route in the morning in good light, as your chance of seeing nature awake as you quietly pass by is very high. From eagles, swans, and great blue herons, to deer—unending deer—you'll see the best of Cuyuna outside the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.


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


WARNING ⚠: Read the Minnesota Bicycle Laws provided by BikeMN by clicking here.


WARNING ⚠: Read the Minnesota Bicycling Handbook provided by the BikeMN by clicking here.


WARNING ⚠: Read the Rules of the Road provided by the League of American Bicyclists by clicking here.


WARNING ⚠: Read the Ride Better Tips provided by the League of American Bicyclists by clicking here.

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107.541 km / 66.823 mi

Total Distance

579 m / 1,899 ft

Total Ascent

579 m / 1,901 ft

Total Descent

415 m / 1,361 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 biking.

    Parking, food, and beverage are available on-street within the City of Cuyuna adjacent to the Woodtick Inn. Please do not park in the Woodtick Inn's parking lot during your ride as we want to keep that space open for their customers.


    The address for the Woodtick Inn is:

    24916 Minnesota Ave

    Deerwood, MN 56444


    (LOCAL TIP: Don't worry about Deerwood being part of the Woodtick Inn's address. The City of Cuyuna doesn't have a post office, so Deerwood is the city for the sake of driving directions and postal mail carriers.)


    Following your ride, drop by the Woodtick Inn and say hello. It's pretty cool!


    Another place to park while in the City of Cuyuna is just up the road at the City of Cuyuna Mountain Bike Park and Campground (also known as the Pumptrack).

    24628 Tripp Avenue

    Crosby, MN 56441


    Bathrooms and water are both available at the City of Cuyuna Mountain Bike Park and Campground.


    (LOCAL TIP: Here again, don't worry about Crosby being part of the address. As you can see, the City of Cuyuna is actually a magical place!)


    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: Advanced (Black)
    Ride Duration: Various
    Fitness Level: High
    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: Non Existant
    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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