A number of you have shown interest in joining us for a two-day trip to ride the Redhead Mountain and Cuyuna Lakes trail system on Tuesday and Wednesday, 24-25 May. That’s great! Here is some more information.
- Day One (Tuesday) – Travel to Redhead (near Chisholm) and ride that system.
- Day Two (Wednesday) – Travel to Cuyuna Lakes and ride that system, returning home that evening
Lodging Rather than staying at the True North Base Camp, Dan Schibel has offered to have us stay at his family’s cabins near the Redhead Mountain trail system. Dan assures us that there is plenty of room for us to sleep comfortably (folks will be expected to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag). This also makes the cost of the trip negligible. Neither trail system has a fee, so we’d simply have to pay for gas and food.
Trail Conditions A number of you have asked about the types of trails we would be riding. While I have not ridden the Redhead system, the accompanying map indicates that the vast majority of the trails are labelled either easy or intermediate. (If my experience at Cuyuna can be applied here, the easy trails are relatively flat, while the intermediate trails have more hills with minor trail obstacles such as roots or boulders; in other words, if you are fairly fit and new to trail riding, the intermediate trails are within your reach.)
I have ridden the Cuyuna system three times. Part of the joy of that system is the miles and miles of easy and easy-to-intermediate trails. In fact, access to most of the intermediate and advanced trails is from the longer easy trails. For instance, at the South Mahnomen Unit, the Galloping Ghost Trail, an easy trail, leads riders into all parts of the unit; that trail consists of gentle hills and relatively smooth surfaces.
We are setting a Tuesday, 10 May, deadline to inform us if you are going to join us. Please send an email to both Shai (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michael (email@example.com) indicating you want to join us.
As well, if you have questions about the trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Once we have all of the committed parties identified, we’ll send a more detailed email (departure time, hauling bikes, food, gas, sleeping arrangements, and so on).