Singletrack Trail Planning - Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Beginning in 2021, Washington County is leading a design study of singletrack trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The purpose of this study is to:
- Gather input and information on the future singletrack trail within Lake Elmo Park Reserve
- Design a 6-12 mile trail system in conformance with best practices and design standards
- Explore potential funding opportunities for implementation in future years
Mountain biking is currently allowed on some of the multi-use trails within Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The southwest and southeast portion of Lake Elmo Park Reserve has been designated in the park master plan for a mountain bike trail network. View Study Area Map
What is a singletrack trail?
A singletrack trail is a type of one-way unpaved trail that is usually the width of a bike. Singletrack trails vary in difficulty and are designed to flow through park areas, following natural inclines and declines in topography.
Singletrack trails are used in all four seasons primarily by mountain bikers, and can also be used by hikers and snowshoers.
Washington County is looking for initial input from the public on this project design. Your feedback will inform the trail design and process. In light of the COVID‐19 pandemic, engagement opportunities will be conducted online.
The project survey is now closed - thank you to those who participated and helped spread the word. The project team will now review the data. Please subscribe to project updates (see link in sidebar) to be notified of future public engagement opportunities.
Click on the project themes below to learn more about project goals and priorities.
- Trail will be designed with the highest standards for sustainable trail design, including, minimizing erosion and wildlife impact
- Study area primarily consists of a previously disturbed area of the park. View Natural Resource Quality Map
- High-quality native plant communities and large diameter trees will be avoided
- Trails will be designed to minimally intersect existing maintained trails
- Trails will be designed to serve users of various skill levels
- Future opportunities to provide programming for new users, families, or youth will be considered
- Trail design will account for operational needs
- Study will identify opportunities for ongoing maintenance of the trail
- Need for trailhead area amenities, including parking, will be considered