The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew trail care team is hosting a trail work day on March 31 as the crew works to get the trail ready for its second season.
The work day will focus on a handful of maintenance projects that must be completed before the trail system can officially open later this spring, the crew said.
Portsmouth Campground will be open only to visiting and local trail care workers. The campground will be open to those volunteers Friday afternoon until the afternoon of April 1.
Currently, the only area within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area that is open for riding is the Sagamore Unit near Riverton, which was opened to riding this past winter. The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew will host a night ride there March 31.
The crew and DNR have mutually decided that riding within the main system will not be allowed until the entire trail system has officially opened to the public. The opening date is dependent on weather and when the necessary projects are completed. The sooner the maintenance projects are finished, the sooner the trails will open.
To volunteer for work day or for more information, contact Nick Statz, director of trail maintenance, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Cuyuna trails are closed and primarily used by mountain bikers when open, now might be the best time to hike two excellent state park trail systems in the Brainerd lakes area. Crow Wing State Park just south of Brainerd and Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in Little Falls both came through the mild winter in great shape, and with record temperatures, no bugs and little or no traffic at either park this time of year, this might be the best-ever March for hiking at the two parks.
For updates on trails in the greater Brainerd lakes area, follow Brian S. Peterson, outdoors editor, via Twitter at www.twitter.com/brian_speterson or check the trails report that will appear weekly in Outdoor Traditions in the Dispatch’s Weekend Edition. To report trail conditions of note, email email@example.com.