Cuyuna And The Creek
Up North and Minnehaha: Winter Riding Favorites
CUYUNA FAT BIKE TRAILS + TRUE NORTH BASECAMP
Minnesota is regarded by some as ground zero for fat biking, and in that shoulder week between Xmas and the New Year, we made the quick, two-hour trek north from the Twin Cities to stay at True North Basecamp and ride some of the excellent Cuyuna Lakes Fat Bike Trails.
True North has six spartan, cozy, lakeside cabins for rent, each featuring three twin and one full bed, and there’s a deluxe bathroom/shower house with heated floors. The name ‘Basecamp’ is apt, as over 20 miles of groomed fat bike trails are easily accessed from each cabin's front door, with the town of Crosby not five minutes away. Aprés ride, enjoy delicious hot soup and cold pints at the Red Raven Bike & Cafe.
Highly recommended for a leisurely weekend or even a quick day trip!
MINNEHAHA CREEK RIDE
This super-wild, 25-mile adventure rolls right along on top of the frozen Minnehaha Creek to the headwaters at Gray’s Bay, where the creek joins Lake Minnetonka.
The serpentine route stretches from south Minneapolis through the western suburbs. It’s totally weather-dependent, and studded tires (along with nerves of steel and waterproof boots) are highly recommended. Even with sub-zero temps in the week prior, we still encountered areas of ankle-deep slurpee conditions, and open water — at times forcing us to reroute onto dry land, as well as creaking, groaning, and (yegads!) cracking ice, which managed to send one of our group into the drink. (He survived, and even finished the ride.)
By using common sense and cold-weather gear (bring spares) this ride offers an incredibly fun and sublime winter riding experience that you can't get any other time of the year.