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TRAIL REPORT: Redhead Mountain Bike Park is open for the season!
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 6:05 PM CDT
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Wisconsin- Registration reminders as trails are already open in parts of our region. Last summer the state legislature amended the definition of a UTV, or utility terrain vehicle, the law now allows vehicles up to 3,000lbs to be eligible for registration. ATVs, or All-terrain vehicles, can be registered up to 900lbs. Registration must be displayed on the rear plate. A reminder to any Minnesotans thinking of heading over: you will need either a non-resident pass or a non-resident 5-day trail use receipt.

Minnesota- Check in on safety requirements per the MN DNR. For those aged 10 to 15 they must complete an online course and a hands-on safety course. After passing both courses kids can print off their certificate from the DNR and it will be valid at age 12. Those older than 16 only need to complete the online course. In our region, the next open field day class is June 4 in Bovey. A reminder those under 18 are required to wear a helmet and seatbelts are required if available on your model.

Trail Report from Redhead Mountain Bike Park, Chisholm:

The Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm, the trailhead facility to Redhead, announced the opening of Redhead Mountain Bike Park on May 14th. All 25-miles of trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk 7-days a week excluding weather-related closures. Overall, trail conditions are in good shape with some soft spots and damp areas throughout the park that need some time to dry out. We ask that trail users try and avoid these areas when possible. Allowable uses at Redhead include mountain biking, hiking, and e-biking (no throttle bikes allowed). Water recreation at Redhead, including the installation of the floating dock system, will begin Friday, June 3rd. Water recreation includes kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and swimming.

On-site bike rentals, including e-bikes, are available through the 30 West Bike Shop and on-site canoe and kayak rentals will be available starting Friday, June 3rd inside the Minnesota Discovery Center. There is no public vehicle access to the beach area, but there is ATV trail access to the beach area on a designated ATV trail. All visitors must park in designated parking areas near the trailhead. A public shuttle service operated by the Minnesota Discovery Center will be available starting Friday, June 3rd. The shuttle service will provide Redhead visitors with access to the beach area and beginner trails located on the southwestern end of the park. The shuttle will haul visitors’ bikes and personal gear as well as bike and water recreation rentals to their preferred location. The shuttle schedule will be released soon at www.MnDiscoveryCenter.com

Redhead Mountain Bike Park is owned by the City of Chisholm. All trails at Redhead Mountain Bike Park are maintained by the generous volunteers at Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists who maintain the Redhead, Lookout Mountain, and Maple Hill trail networks. The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd will be the first race at Redhead for the season. The Minnesota Cycling Association High School League Championship Races will take place October 15th and 16th at Redhead. We encourage visitors to stay tuned to Redhead social media pages for event announcements, maps, and trail closure and condition updates. Redhead visitors can also enjoy the amenities close to the trailhead such as trolley rides, mini-golf, museum, and dinning at the Minnesota Discovery center or visit downtown Chisholm for great dining options, shopping, lodging, and so much more! For trail conditions, maps, and Redhead announcements click here.

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