Lebanon Hills Regional Park a mecca for mountain bikers

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  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 4:44 PM

Volunteer-built trails in Lebanon Hills Park are a ‘gem in the metro.’

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quinnerooSep. 1, 1310:07 AM

I'm happy to see land owners finally recognizing the need for controlled development and access to off road biking in the metro. Minneapolis should follow the lead of the suburban parks and the Three Rivers Parks and develop more than the tiny little space they have now, considering the amount of users in the City. The need is certainly there, and probably just needs good leaders like Dakota County has, to actively pursue the issue.

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huntleySep. 1, 1312:14 PM

Minneapolis is already doing that. Plans to expand the Theodore Wirth trails south all of the way to Brownie Lake have been approved.

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marketerSep. 1, 13 1:36 PM

"Plans to expand the Theodore Wirth trails south all of the way to Brownie Lake have been approved."------That's great! It's about time. That area has needed bike trails for years. I think the ski community built trails in Wirth park 10 years ago.

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jitterjeppSep. 2, 13 2:01 PM

"That's great! It's about time. That area has needed bike trails for years. I think the ski community built trails in Wirth park 10 years ago." --- There have been legal mountain bike trails in Theodore Wirth for about a decade. They were built by mountain bikers and an organization called Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates (MOCA). MOCA is part of the same organization (Minnesota Off Road Cyclists or MORC) that built the Lebanon Hills trail. Currently Wirth has two mountain bike trail loops on the west side of the parkway between highway 55 and the par3 parking lot. These trails will be extended all the way to Brownie lake in the next two years. The end result will be about ten miles of trail. The two current trail loops (about 4 - 5 miles combined) were also built entirely by volunteers. They also maintain the trail. Help is always appreciated. Trail work (no experience necessary) is on Wednesday evenings. We meet at the par 3 lot on Wirth Parkway at 5pm and work until just before dark.

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whsuksSep. 2, 13 3:48 PM

"These trails will be extended" I'll wait and see on that one. The nimbies have put off developing the area for a long time. I went to a neighborhood meeting once (I'm in Golden Valley) and it seemed the Minneapolis park board couldn't care less about developing any trails, except skiing and the asphalt one. They do have events in the winter that are fun for families. The park board seems to be very selective about uses in the park. There is a great bike trail in Elm Creek though, which isn't too far to drive.

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quinnerooSep. 3, 13 8:42 AM

I'm happy to see land owners finally recognizing the need for controlled development and access to off road biking in the metro. Minneapolis should follow the lead of the suburban parks and the Three Rivers Parks and develop more than the tiny little space they have now, considering the amount of users in the City. The need is certainly there, and probably just needs good leaders like Dakota County has, to actively pursue the issue.

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