Location

Theodore Wirth Pkwy. & Cedar Lake Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Contact

Phone: 612-230-6400
Email: info@minneapolisparks.org

Park Hours

6 am-midnight in developed areas
6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas
Ordinance PB-2-33

Off-Road Cycling Trail

Part of 
Theodore Wirth Regional Park
Brownie Lake Park

Trails & Activities

Main off-road cycling loops from north to south:

Back 40 Loop: Approximately 3.0 miles of single track, 2.8 miles are intermediate difficulty, 0.2 miles are expert difficulty

  • Accessible by bike off of the Luce Line Trail that runs easterly from Theodore Wirth Parkway, just south of the Wirth Par 3 Club House
  • Back 40 Loop Map and Info

South Loop: Approximately 0.8 miles of single track, 0.8 miles are intermediate difficulty

  • Accessible by bike from Theodore Wirth Parkway, just south of the railroad track bridge and from the south near Olson Memorial Highway
  • South Loop Map and Info

Glenwood Spur: Approximately 0.9 miles of single track, 0.9 miles are intermediate difficulty

  • Accessible by bike from the Northwest corner of the Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Avenue and off the parkway’s paved trail 0.25 miles further north
  • Glenwood Spur Map and Info

Southwest Loop: Approximately 1.9 miles of single track.  1.9 miles are intermediate difficulty.

  • Accessible by bike from the Southwest corner of the Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Avenue, and from the Northwest corner of Theodore Wirth Parkway and I-394
  • Southwest Loop Map and Info

Brownie Lake Loop: Approximately 1.5 miles of single track.  0.75 miles are intermediate to expert difficulty, 0.25 are expert difficulty, and 0.5 are extreme difficulty.

  • Accessible by bike from the Southwest corner of the Theodore Wirth Parkway and I-394
  • Brownie Lake Loop is an advanced trail with steep rock climbs and descents, and technical features including drops.  This trail requires expert skills to ride safely.
  • Brownie Lake Loop Map and Info

Good to Know

Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates (MOCA) volunteers monitor and maintain the off-road cycling trail.

Open to cyclists, hikers, trail runners, and snowshoers.

Parking available at Wirth Lake Beach.

Trails are closed to all users when it is wet. If your foot or tire leaves a track or footprint in the tread, the trail is closed.

View trail conditions on the MORC user forum.

Trail/Parkway Details

Neighborhood: Outside Minneapolis City Limits

Service AreaNorth

Commissioner District: 2

  

Rentals & Permits

Outdoor Use and Event Space: Learn how to reserve park space for corporate events, community celebrations, and more. Application [PDF]

Penalty for Building Unofficial Trails: Construction permits are required by the MPRB for any projects within the park system, including trail building. MOCA obtained a construction permit, and the trails it constructed in accordance with the permit are sustainable and meet the MPRB’s risk management considerations. Engaging in construction within the park system, i.e., building unofficial trails can result in a $1,000 fine per incident.

About

We are dedicated to using the latest techniques for building fun and sustainable trails. Sustainable natural surface trails are constructed from native soils and come in the form of walking paths, running paths, nature trails, and mountain bike trails.

The natural surface trails within Theodore Wirth Park officially opened in 2005 as a sanctioned facility in the Minneapolis park system. 

The trail was originally a demonstration project to prove the sustainability of off-road trails in the system. The project demonstrated that a sustainable, safe, and low-maintenance trail can protect natural resources, challenge off-road cyclists, and be compatible with other park uses. 

The trail was developed according to the best practices of Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates (MOCA) and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC). The partnership between these two groups and the Park Board is essential to the long life of the existing trails and the creation of new trails.