Mountain Biking

MOUNTAIN BIKING

GIANTS RIDGE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

Soon to be the largest lift-served mountain bike park in the Midwest, Giants Ridge features eight purpose-built gravity (downhill) mountain bike trails, with more trails in construction throughout the 2021 season! Our lift-served downhill trails are considered beginner to advanced and are built to enhance rider enjoyment and fun.

New in 2021, Giants Ridge will offer nearly ten miles of cross country bike trails winding through the dense forest terrain that surrounds Giants Ridge. We also offer mountain biking camps for kids and women specific mountain biking clinics. Ride on at Giants Ridge!  

End of the mountain bike season is weather dependent due to highly variable October weather conditions.
Cross country trails are open 7 days a week
(must have XC trail pass & signed waiver) 

2021 Chairlift Hours

FALL CHAIRLIFT HOURS (until 10/24)
Weather Permitting
Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 22 – 24 (Weather Permitting)10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*End of the mountain bike season is weather dependent due to highly variable conditions. 

Giants Ridge Trail Passes are purchased in the Gift Shop (1st floor, Main Chalet)

2021 Trail Pass Rates
(Gravity Trail Passes include access to cross country trails)

GRAVITY TRAIL PASSES (lift access)VALID ONE DAY
Adult (13+)$35
Child (7-12)$30
Thursday Gravity Passes$25
FABULOUS FRIDAYS
(Aug 6 – Sept 10)
$30 for Women Mountain Bikers
CROSS COUNTRY TRAIL PASS (no lift access)VALID ALL SEASON
Adult (13+)$30
Child (7-12)$30
 

2021 Mountain Bike Season Passes are on sale now! Purchase your pass in the Main Chalet or call 218.865.8005.

Mountain Bike Season Passes
Adult (13+)$299
Youth (7-12)$199
* Season Passes include unlimited access to our gravity & cross country trails. 

All MTB season pass holders’ information will be recorded, but no “hard card” will be issued.  Each day a passholder riding our lift-served trails must check in at gift shop to receive a day ticket. A season pass holder will only need to sign a waiver once for the season.

KITTY KAT: GREEN TECHNICAL TRAIL | 1.3 miles
This green technical trail  can be used as both an uphill and a downhill trail. The trail is uphill-only if the lift is closed, and downhill-only when the lift is spinning. This trail doesn’t have any berms or man made features, but rather is designed to enhance the natural terrain. The trail meanders down the north side of the mountain, with a nice gentle rollers. The most challenging part of the trail are the switchback turns that snake down the mountain.

TADPOLE: GREEN FREERIDE TRAIL | 1.2 miles
This trail starts out mellow and gradually progresses in difficulty throughout the ride. This trail has man-made rollers, berms, rock crossings, and forgiving jump opportunities. This trail provides beginner riders a place to practice and progress before heading to Leap Frog. It is worth noting that while Tadpole is a green trail that is suited for beginners, it can be challenging for riders who are new to downhill mountain biking.

LEAP FROG: BLUE FREERIDE TRAIL | 1.0 miles
LeapFrog is a flowy intermediate trail designed to help riders hone their skills. Riders will encounter rollers, berms, rock features, and jump opportunities. All features are rollable so that riders can work up to jumping. Much like the name of the trail suggests, “LeapFrog” provides a great opportunity for riders to practice their leaping skills. Optional intermediate/advanced B-lines exist.

SECTOR 12: BLACK FREERIDE TRAIL | 0.6 miles
Sector 12 is gravity riding at its finest and is sure to excite even the most experienced gravity mountain bikers. Sector 12 contains all the elements of a true bike park style trail, including: massive berms, big jumps, fun flowy rollers, rock drops, bouldery rock gardens, all experienced at lightning speed. Although Sector 12 is designed to put you in the air, your tires don’t need to leave the ground unless you choose. Optional extremely difficult B-lines exist, which include rock drops and even a gap jump. Sector 12 showcases the GIANT granite boulders that are plentiful on the mountain.

GOLIATH: DOUBLE BLACK FREERIDE TRAIL | 0.8 miles
Don’t let the easy start fool you. Goliath is the Giant of the Ridge. The first descent is fast, chundery, and steep. The trail quickly transitions into two behemoth berms.  The trail then starts to introduce some large jumps as you weave in and out of the ski runs. Be sure to be on your “A game” as you cross under the Sarajevo Express, you don’t want all your buddies on the lift to see you eat it! The trail stays rowdy all the way back to the lift so be ready to slay the Giant!

GRANITE GORGE: DOUBLE BLACK TECHNICAL TRAIL | 0.5 miles
Granite Gorge embraces the large granite slabs and boulders of Giants Ridge.  Shortly after the trail starts there are two lines.  The A line takes you down into a Gorge formed by two giant slabs of Granite, while the B line rolls off the steep, but smooth side of the slab.  The trail then crosses a ski run and turns a corner on an incredible granite berm.  The trail then continues to alternate between granite slabs and granite rock panels.  As the trail moves lower down the mountain there a few short sections of dirt.  After one final massive rock panel, the trail turns to the left, crosses two ski runs and joins up with the lower section of Goliath.

All mountain bike rentals must be reserved in advance by calling 218.865.8024, Thursday – Sunday.

Bikes can only be reserved in sessions from 10 am – 2 pm or 2 pm – 6 pm. RENTAL WAIVER

2021 MTB RENTAL PRICINGPer Session (10am – 2pm or 2pm – 6pm)
Full-Suspension Enduro MTB$55
DH Carbon Fiber Full Suspension $70
Kids MTB Rental$35
Full Face Helmet WITH MTB rental$15
Full Face Helmet w/o MTB rental$25
Damage Waiver$25
*A reservation will not be guaranteed more than 30 minutes after a session start time. 

 

GRAVITY TRAILSSTATUSCONDITION
KITTY CAT OpenTacky
TADPOLEOpenTacky
LEAP FROGOpenTacky
SECTOR 12OpenTacky
GOLIATHOpenTacky
GRANITE GORGEOpenTacky
RIBBITSOpenTacky
FEATHERLYSOpenTacky
NORTH CROSS COUNTRY TRAILS
TRAIL AOpenTacky
TRAIL BOpenTacky
TRAIL COpenTacky
TRAIL DOpenTacky
TRAIL EOpenTacky
Trail FOpenTacky
SOUTH CROSS COUNTRY TRAILS
NORWAYOpenTacky
BOOTCAMPOpenTacky
TRAIL GOpenTacky
TRAIL HOpenTacky

GRAVITY TRAILS

Served by the Sarajevo Express Chairlift, our gravity (downhill) mountain bike trails range from green to double black diamond. Featuring berms, jumps, rollers, and rock gardens, each trail was expertly crafted to embrace the rugged shape and terrain of the Minnesota mountain. The trail system is designed to allow riders of all abilities to progress and grow, making our Mountain Bike Park the perfect place to improve your riding.

 

Full-faced helmets are recommended for our gravity trails.

CROSS COUNTRY TRAILS

NEW in 2021, our Mountain Bike Park will feature 9.2 miles of purpose-built cross country trails that wind through the scenic Superior National Forest. Rolling hills and beautiful landscapes are sure to take your breath away when you experience our bike trails.

 

Must have a Valid Pass and Signed Waiver to use XC trails. Valid Passes Include:

  • XC Trail Pass (valid all season)
  • Gravity Day Pass
  • Gravity Season Pass

YOUTH MTB CAMPS

A BIG Thank YOU, to all of our Mountain Bike Camp Participants this summer! It was an awesome summer filled with Fun & Learning. Stay tuned to our web page for next summer’s MTB camp dates!

WOMEN'S MTB CLINICS

New Women's Gravity Trail Clinic being held August 28 & 29! Giants Ridge offers two levels of women’s mountain biking clinics designed for riders who want guidance in building confidence on the trail as well as taking their skills to the next level.

RACE THE GRIND

Our GRIND mountain bike race is being held on August 14th! Test your endurance on either the Long GRIND OR Short GRIND, traversing through some of the most scenic & challenging terrain in Minnesota’s Iron Range.

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