Sunday, September 16, 2018

The St Paul Traverse road and mountain bike trail

Duluth has the amazing Duluth Traverse trail that ties together several mountain bike trails. Even that trail has some road connectors though. It occurred to me that there’s a natural St Paul “Traverse” trail that connects anything along the river with Battle Creek and Carver. It’s most paved bike trails or single track with a bit of quiet road.

Here’s the overview and the Carver MTB component.

BC to Carver

Here’s the section from the NE end of Battle Creek (technically NE end is not in park, it's Scenic Overlook)

The area circled in red is where I’d prefer to jump out of BC onto the paved trail. This is at the base of Goat Trail (not a beginner trail!), from the satellite map close up it looks like one could descend a grassy area to the paved trails. The map below is from mtbproject (REI).

BC

This would be a solid day of road/single track riding for most of us!

Battle Creek Mountain Bike Trails

Battle Creek (county trail map, better mtbproject map) is St Paul's mountain biking trail. It’s not only a great trail, it’s accessible by bicycle trail from many directions. Battle Creek MTB Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/battlecreekmountainbike

My preferred starting points from western St Paul:

  1. Driving to start: Point Douglas Rd S parking lot.  Turn east off Hwy 61/10 on Lower Afton Rd, then go north on Point Douglas Rd S to the parking lot at the end of the cul-de-sac. (44°56’07.5"N 93°01'42.8"W)
  2. Riding to start:  Scenic Overlook by Burns Avenue and Hwy 10: 44°56’48.2”N 93°02’19.3”W  This small park with the hidden entrance isn’t technically part of Battle Creek. I’ve been told it’s Ramsey county land and not policed by SPPD. In the past few years it’s had more drug trafficking and is not a great place to park or to be at after dark
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Notes on the trail systems

There are 3 sections from west to east: 1. From overlook to parking lot (west of Battle Creek). 2. from Battle Creek to Battle Creek Road 3.Battle Creek Road to eastern boundary.

1. overlook to parking lot: there are two advanced options - a in/out spur at the top of paved segment, and a trail that goes across the ridge top to emerge 2/3 of the way up the paved trail along battle creek.

2. Battle Creek to Battle Creek Road: there are 3 routes up from Battle Creek. One is quite technical and is somewhat north. The other is to go up the Berm run. The last is to take Point Douglas road up a few hundred yards to a trail that climbs the bluff.

 

3. There are two places to cross from section 2 to 3 over S Battle Creek Road.We usually do the northern one. Going down to the Rec Center is a good intermediate descent/climb. At the SouthEast section is a segment sometimes called the Goat Path. It's an advanced descent.

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See also