Day Ride: North/NW Twin Cities Loop with Wildlife and Hiking Stops along the way

123 Miles, 3 hours without traffic Click here for the map:   North Northwest Scenic Route with Stops

Minneapolis - Brooklyn Park - Champlin River Road - Dayton - Elk River - Big Lake - Sand Dunes State Forest - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - Nowthen - Anoka - Rum River Road - back to Minneapolis

This route has scenic roads with a lot of corners and great walking/hiking/overlook stops along the way. Roads in the State Forest and National Refuge may be gravel. Dayton River Road, out of Champlin, is due for construction work in Summer 2020 - check for updates.

Minneapolis 94W to 252N
Left 85th Ave N
Right on Noble Parkway N  - in a few miles, this turns into W River Road
In Champlin, cross over/go straight across Highway 169 - turns into Dean Avenue (residential)

Take a Right on Cartway Road (still residential)
Left on Dayton Road/Dayton River Road at the 4 way stop  *Pay attention to the posted speed limits along this road!*

A nice pull off is North River Park, there's a short walking path with an overview of the river
Take a right on Highway 101N - stay in the right lane
Exit to Highway 10 West

In Big Lake, at Old National Bank, turn right on County Rd 43
Left on County Rd 15/ 164th St      *A nice stop is at Sand Dunes State Forest - good walking trails and usually a lot of nature/wildlife to be seen

Back on 15 North, take a right on Cty Rd 4 NW, and an immediate left on 160th St NW - this goes into the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - more hiking trails and wildlife viewing. Some roads in this area will be gravel.   At the north end of the Refuge, you will come out on County Rd 9. Go right (east) on Cty Rd 9

Cross over 169

Right on 108th St nW - Continue straight to 289th Ave NW (this then turns into Tiger Rd NW, 291st Ave NE - Bison Rd NW)

Take a right on Cty Rd 5 East
Right on County Rd 47 (South)
Left on Ambassador Boulevard NW
Right on Rum River Blvd NW - follow this (will turn into Anoke County 7 - 7th Ave NW - follow 7th Ave NW to Highway 10 East to 610 West to 252 South back to Minneapolis

To find the Route on Google Maps:
North Northwest Scenic Route with Stops

April 2020