Friday, April 13, 2012

Paul Bunyan State Forest

Thursday of this week hooked up with team rider Lars Ellefson for a ride in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. PBSF has 100s of miles of trails, mainly built for atv and dirt bike riding. The dirt bike trails make for fantastic mountain biking and the atv and forest access trails make for great connectors. You can ride for hours without hitting the same trail twice. I have been riding here for over the last 20 years, usually hitting it in the spring or fall when the riding seems to be best.

We rode for around 2 hours, hitting a 20 minute loop Lars calls the time trial loop which has around a five minute sweeping flowing bermy downhill. Highly recommend riding here if ever the chance. There really isn't anything like it in the state. It is raw, can be rough and be sure to carry tools for any deep woods bike repair. The ticks are notorious here so be sure to check all the spots where the sun doesn't shine. During the week there is less of a chance to run into motorized traffic but in all the times riding here, I have only seen a few atvs.

Nice new big map system at the expanded parking lot.

The dirt bikes have really dug down the trail in spots making for fun and challenging climbs.

Weaving through the woods.
Conditions were very dry and "hard" making for fast riding on the atv and forest roads.

Hitting in berm as the trail transitioned from a clearing to the woods.

High point with a nice little vista.
Rocky descent.

Fast and fun rolling and twisting singletrack.

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