Blog: Biking in Minneapolis Northwest

With nearly 120 miles of Minneapolis bike trails and hundreds of miles of regional trails, it's easy to see why Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Here are a couple suggested rides that explore the beautiful scenery of Minneapolis Northwest and get you from our area to the heart of downtown. We've also compiled a number of resources for biking in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world! With nearly 120 miles of bike trails in the city alone (not to mention hundreds of miles of regional trails), it’s easy to see why!

Below are some resources for biking in Minneapolis, and two suggested rides: a shorter ride that explores the beautiful scenery of Minneapolis Northwest, and a long ride that winds from our area to the heart of downtown Minneapolis.


Suggested Rides

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to Elm Creek Park Reserve (9.64 miles one-way)

This route follows the Rush Creek Regional Trail, which connects Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve.

  1. From the west bank of Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, head west on Rush Creek Regional Trail.
  2. Rush Creek Regional Trail takes you all the way to Elm Creek Park Reserve! (9.64 miles)

Highlights:

  • Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest park in the Three Rivers Park District, has access to miles of trails, a swimming pond, disc golf, nature center and more.
  • Coon Rapids Dam: Ride across the Mississippi River, over the top of the dam! Plus access additional hiking and biking paths.
  • Make a pit stop: 5-8 Club. Home of the Juicy Lucy, this award-winning burger joint is a must-stop if you’re hungry. How to get there: At the intersection of the Rush Creek Regional Trail and Douglas Drive, head north for one mile. 

 

Elm Creek Park Reserve to Lake Calhoun (24.13 miles one-way)

This route takes you from Maple Grove all the way into Minneapolis. Once you arrive at Lake Calhoun you can head into Uptown or connect with any number of trails including the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

  1. Hop on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail at Elm Creek Park Reserve and head south (15.64 miles)
  2. Connect with Luce Line Regional Trail and head east
  3. Ride the Luce Line Regional Trail to Theodore Wirth Park (5 miles)
  4. Once you get to Theodore Wirth Park, turn onto Theodore Wirth Parkway and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway to head south towards Minneapolis (1.89 miles)
  5. Theodore Wirth Parkway turns into Cedar Lake Parkway, continue riding for 1.3 miles
  6. From Cedar Lake Parkway, head south onto Dean Parkway to finish at Lake Calhoun (0.3 miles)

Highlights:

  • Elm Creek Park Reserve
  • Theodore Wirth Park is a beautiful urban park, nearly as large as New York City’s Central Park
  • Grand Rounds Scenic Byway connects you to all of Minneapolis
  • Lake Calhoun is an extremely popular destination, steps from the excitement of Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood
  • Make a pitstop: The Tin Fish. Overlooking Lake Calhoun on E. Calhoun Parkway, The Tin Fish is a casual outdoor eatery serving a range of seafood, from fish tacos to oyster po’ boys, plus burgers and chicken. 

 

More Biking Resources 

Bike Trails in Minneapolis Northwest

Bike Trails in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Minneapolis Bike Tours

Additional Resources

 


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