Located in the city of Chaska, Minnesota, this unofficial trail network offers 12 miles of intermediate-level biking experience. While it's not your well-marked, commercial bike park, it's a real treat for those who love tight and twisty singletrack. Filled with both groomed and rough terrains, the trail meanders through forest and fields. The catch? It's best explored with a local, as its labyrinthine layout makes it easy to get lost.
To reach the trail, take 494 west from the Twin Cities to SH 5, followed by SH 5 west to SH 41, and then SH 41 south to Pioneer Trail in Chaska. Near the intersection of SH 41 and Pioneer Trail, a Target Store signals you're close. After passing Jonathan Elementary school, make a quick right and another immediate right onto a gravel road (McKnight Park). A parking lot will be up ahead; the trail can be accessed from here.
This trail has a little of everything—an intricate web of paths with varying degrees of maintenance. From well-groomed stretches to crude, unrefined sections, the route provides a continuous sense of adventure. There's something for everyone, but with a bias toward the experienced biker. Prepare for some tight turns, narrow areas, and abrupt changes in elevation. Though not particularly beginner-friendly, anyone seeking a challenge is welcomed here.
This trail is a hidden gem in Chaska that's perfect for the seasoned mountain biker. While it has its shortcomings like poor markings and occasional maintenance issues, it provides a challenging and thrilling experience. The entry barrier might be high for some, but for those up for a challenge, this trail network is a ride to remember.