3 Bumpy Biking Bounds
we asked local experts, and this is where they recommend
Lowes Creek County Park Lowes Creek Road, Eau Claire • 839-4738 • Fasten your helmets and grab your mountain bikes; Lowes Creek provides a tangle of trails to explore via two wheels. The park is currently working with the local bike group Chippewa Valley Off Road Bike Association to expand current trails as well as build and maintain single-track trails. We recommend heading up “Worm,” then running into “Mind Games” and am get turned around by “Twister.” At the fork, remain left to cross back through “Shorty” following “Ridgeline” to the dreaded “Skull” and “Split Rock.” “Red Flint” can be bitter sweet, though it’s fun to meander through the towering “Pines” and charging down the hills.
Eau Claire River Trail starts at the Boyd Park pavilion, Eau Claire • After you cross the bridge, look to your left and follow the little single track into the woods. This trail is definitely not for beginners and the faint of heart; it skirts the edge of a cliff and there are lots of steep rocky grades. It passes through Archery Park, goes under 53, and continues a short distance.
Memorial Park Mountain Bike Trail Red Wing, Minn. • Offers great trails if you are willing to drive about an hour for an intense muscle-pounding, sweat-tugging, mountain bike experience. Features seven miles of great twisting singletrack, one hard climb, and fast doubletrack descents in a loop.