Mountain Biking

Mountain bikers know the excitement of speeding down a hill, the challenge of a steep climb and the thrill of weaving through scenic trails. If you’re looking for your own adventure, give mountain biking a try in Three Rivers. There are designated mountain bike trails and paved bike/hike trails of varying terrain and difficulty for mountain bikers of any skill level. Some trails are open for winter mountain biking. Off-trail biking is not permitted.

Upcoming events

Jan. 19–20 | Hyland
The Twin Cities Orthopedics Ski Rennet, presented by L.L. Bean, features two days of racing on world-class trails with challenging climbs and scenic views of Hyland Lake Park Reserve.

Jan. 20 | Hyland
This race offers the unique opportunity for fat bikers to ride on the world-class cross-country ski trails in Hyland Lake Park Reserve. 

Dec. 9 & 20, Jan. 10, Feb. 7 | Various Locations
Whiz through the trees after sundown in a time-trial format race. Choose one race or ride in all four!

See all mountain biking programs and events

Trail Conditions

Year-round trails (weather permitting):

Elm Creek Singletrack Trail (12.7 miles, open)
Lake Rebecca Singletrack Trail (13.3 miles, open)
Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack Trail (10 miles, open)

Winter-only trails:

Baker Park Reserve (4 miles, closed)
Cleary Lake Regional Park (3.8 miles, closed)
Eagle Lake Regional Park (1.7 miles, closed)

With consideration for the sensitive nature of the trails and our sustainability efforts, trails are occasionally closed due to wet conditions. Please call the park you wish to visit to check trail conditions, or check the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists website.

Test your speed and skill at some of the best singletrack trails in the Twin Cities. Year-round mountain bike races are held at Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca, and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves.

Winter riding

Baker, Cleary and Eagle mountain bike trails are open for winter riding.

Other things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

Biker on bridge along Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Biking in Three Rivers is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you’re the casual rider or a cyclist in training, you’ll appreciate more than 100 miles of paved off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks.

Campground

Camping

Camping tent and fire

Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of and at Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds are located at Baker, Carver, and Cleary Lake

Paddling

Paddling

Kayakers lined up for a lesson

Recreate on the water with canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go.

Downhill Ski Area

Downhill and Telemark Skiing

Skier mule kicking in the air

Hyland Hills Ski Area and the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek offer downhill ski areas for all skill levels, from training hills to Olympic-level training jumps. The downhill ski areas feature snowmaking and well-groomed hills for unbeatable winter fun.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Women on skis with dog pulling

If you have a dog with some pent-up winter energy, bring it to Three Rivers Parks for fun exercise where we have designated trails for skijoring and dog sledding.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding

Snowboarder in the air

Snowboarding is just one more way you can enjoy the wintry Minnesota outdoors. From group or private lessons to equipment rental to impeccably groomed hills for every skill level, the Hyland Hills Ski Area and the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek have everything you need to carve up the slopes.