Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range is finding its groove with mountain biking. A brand-new world-class system in Chisholm and an ever-growing resort trail system at Giants Ridge is bringing well-deserved attention to the area, a key player in a regional mountain biking mecca.

RedHead Mountain Bike Park

Located at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, RedHead is a little bit West, a little bit Minnesota, and a whole lot of you’ve-never-seen-this-before. Trails are for all levels and open to hiking. You’ll experience challenges you’ve never seen, and scenery you’ll want to go back for. These trails are hardy, but please refrain from riding for six hours after rain. Download the Phase 1 RedHead Map.

Visit Minnesota Discovery Center, the museum of the Iron Range, to learn more about the area, find RedHead swag, and more.

mountain bike riders on a trail

Giants Ridge

Unlike any trails around, these seven, purpose-built gravity trails traverse the ski mountain at Giants Ridge Recreation Area in Biwabik. Access them by ski lift in any season and get ready to fly!

Onsite dining, lodging, disc golf, world-class golf, lakes and hiking trails make this resort a recreation destination. An additional 20 miles of cross-country gravel trails can be found here, too, on the edge of the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway.

Person fat tire biking on trail

Lookout Mountain

Like the Laurentian Divide on which these trails were built, the Lookout Mountain system just north of Virginia, MN is sturdy. Find five miles of single-track dedicated and another six miles of ridable cross-country ski trails. Visit this historic site, which separates the watershed of streams that flow north to the Arctic Ocean from the watershed of streams that flow southeast through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Maple Hill

In Hibbing, the Maple Hill trail system is 2.9 miles of two-way single track in a northwoods setting just outside of town. Two parking areas lead into a trail system that has some height, and circles a small, scenic pond. Benches are placed throughout for hikers.

Resources

Need a bike shop? Try Bikes on Howard in Hibbing or Mesabi Recreation in Virginia. Reach out to the area’s mountain bike club, Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists, and check out Joe Sacco’s Blog for an up close look at biking on the Range.

Looking for more?

Find all the trails you can handle within an easy drive. Redhead, Tioga, Cuyuna, Giants Ridge. Ride them all. Ride the Range.