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Ride with GPS provides tools that allow cyclists to plan, navigate, and share great rides. We have created a GPS file for each of the route options. Check it out.
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We have a wonderful 15/25-mile route in & around Itasca State Park for those looking for a shorter option. We offer 50 - 100 mile optionsfor those seeking longer routes. None of the routes are exceptionally hilly, but they roll enough to get you familiar with various gears. Every route has its challenge and there is NO shame in walking up a hill.
The routes are gorgeous and the roads are quiet! All routes start/finish at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel in the heart of Itasca Park. Most Routes begin by following Wilderness Drive - a quiet, rolling, windy road through old growth pines around the perimeter of Itasca Park.
The 25-mile route (Ride with GPS) is a grand round in and around Itasca Park. Start your morning biking Wilderness Drive, explore the scenery and quiet South and East entrance roads and finish with 3 miles of newly paved bike trails inside the park. It is a gorgeous ride. Great family fun. Take your time. Bring a camera. A 15-mile route is also an option…all in the Park.
The 50-mile route (Ride with GPS) takes you out the East Park Entrance over to the town of Lake George. Heading south the next 45 miles take you around peaceful lakes, through northern forest and on quiet country roads. A few hills add to the challenge. You’ll enjoy 4 great rest stops before you return to the ride start.
The 60-mile route (Ride with GPS) has you first following the Wilderness Road inside Itasca Park. Then following the 50-mile route towards the town of Lake George. If this distance suits your ability and interest it provides the best of Itasca Park along with great country road riding.
The 70-mile route (Ride with GPS) is the same route as the 60 but includes a 10 mile extra bonus. You get to decide on the added distance at about the 35 mile mark. Same great rest stops and service at the 50 and 60-mile options.
The 100-mile route (Ride with GPS) is a real gem. We improved it for 2019. From the 34th to the 70th mile markers, the route follows the Paul Bunyan Trail and Heartland Trail. The route includes the towns of Lake George, LaPorte, Walker, Akeley, Nevis, Dorset and Emmavile, providing good rest stops along the way.
- 15/25 mile route: The 15 & 25 mile routes have rest stops at 8 and 12 miles. Close together but they both offer bathrooms and the usual beverages and snacks.
- 50 mile route: 50-mile riders have stops at 4, 22 & 33 miles. The first one is the Visitor Center Stop in the Park. All offer snack food, fruit, water and Gatorade.
- 60 mile route: Rest stops located at 8, 12, 30 and 41 miles. Nice stops and even nicer volunteers to greet you 🙂
- 70 mile route: Rest stops located at 8, 12, 30 and 53 miles. The route maps will make it all clear. Be sure to take a break and visit with riders at these locations.
- 100 mile route: Rest stops located at 8, 12, 20, 48, 71 and 81 miles. Plus a van water stop will be on Cty 64 at around 30 miles. In Akeley riders take the Heartland Trail for about 15 miles. And stop in Lake George, you are there twice:)
- Century Rider Certificate: A little something extra. Print out a Certificate of Completion for your 100-mile ride.
Cyclists should make sure they (and everyone in the group) are comfortable riding the entire distance of their chosen route. However, there will be sag wagons driving the routes and frequenting rest stops as well.
All rest stops will have restrooms and food/drink and mechanic support. We will provide water, Gatorade, fruit, granola bars and other selected treats. A tire pump, basic bike tools and a first aid kit will be at all the rest stops as well.
- $40 ages 18 & up, for less than 100-mile route,
- $20 ages 17 & under,
- $50 Adult for 100-mile route
Ride Day registration
- $50 ages 18 & up, for less than 100-mile route,
- $20 ages 17 & under,
- $60 Adult for 100-mile route
Includes lunch for riders
Mail-in Registration (pdf)