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.


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!)


    Biking Safety Tips:

    • There are inherent risks to road or gravel road 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.
    • Mount both a blinking, front-facing light (white light) and a blinking, rear-facing safety light (red light) to allow oncoming motorized drivers to better see you.
    • 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 to the traffic.
    • Let others know you are coming.
    • Be aware of your surroundings and other users.
    • Ride to your ability and in control at all times.

      Emergency Response:

      • If you have an emergency, call 911, and provide the dispatcher with the following:
      • Description of the emergency.
      • Name of the road you are on.

        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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        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

        Ride type:
        Mountain biking
        Road riding
        Rail Trail
        EPIC Ride
        Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
        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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