Grab your mountain bike and go on a 12.7-mile eco-adventure through the reserve. The singletrack route is located in the northeast corner of Elm Creek Park Reserve, the reserve’s largest trail and one of its kind in the northern metro. The track has 2.2 miles of easy terrain, 8.1 miles of more difficult territory, and 2.4 miles of most difficult ground for riders at all skill levels to enjoy. The looping trail weaves through a variety of habitats, including woods, wetlands, and prairies. You might see white-tailed deer, beavers, muskrats, coyotes, red foxes, bobcats, great blue herons, and other wildlife along the way.
This is a 10-mile intermediate and expert loop. Begin your ride at the mountain bike parking lot trailhead on Hayden Lake Road. Elm Creek presents a diversity of landscapes, from wooded areas to towering prairies. The trails here were designed deliberately with rises and bumps to keep water off the path, making some sections feel like a pump track. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, take advantage of the rock garden and log features along the way.
There are additional difficult possibilities in the Advanced Loop / Grizzland region, such as high skinnies, log elements, and uphill step-ups. Features are labeled with signs that allow you to motor past if you choose. Some of the features are contained in tiny loops of their own. In any case, each feature or loop ultimately leads back to the main route. All of them are well marked.
You can’t miss the trailhead sign when you park; it’s across the road from where you left your car. Once you’re on the dirt path, go counter-clockwise for about 15 yards until you reach a paved gate and continue straight onto that road. You’ll stay to the Left side because there’s only a narrow bike lane along the edge of this section which lasts for 1 block. After that, Exit Left off of this short stretch back into trees where there will be a slight incline ahead.
Driving Directions To Fish Lake Regional Park