Lake Crystal Loop

Cycling Route

34.31 mi
1,370 ft
Our most popular loop for bikers, Lake Crystal Loop has it all. Head out of town on the scenic Red Jacket Trail through the Minnesota River Valley over the Trestle Bridge to the historic Rapidan Dam, where you’ll find a park near a small diner with award winning pie. For a longer trip and more river valley to ride up and down follow the Blue Earth River south to Garden City where the view is endless. Grab lunch in Lake Crystal or cool down in one of the lakes. For a shortcut back, bike through Minneopa State Park where you’ll find a 39 foot waterfall and several hiking trails to explore. For a longer ride, continue on to Judson Bottom road along the Minnesota River Valley and stop at Minnemishinona Falls where you’ll see an even taller 42 foot waterfall. Head back into town following the Minnesota River.
Created By
Visit Mankato

Route and Elevation


NameDistanceElev. Diff.Avg. Grade
Rapidan to Lake Crystal7.31 mi161 ft0.0%
Judson to Lookout8.95 mi-82 ft-0.0%
Judson Bottom Rd Full Reverse8.95 mi-82 ft-0.0%
Judson Bottom Hussle4.33 mi-85 ft-0.1%