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Enjoying the colorful trees along the trail as they get close to peak.

Upper Midwest destinations with peak colors and times to ride

With the summer season officially ending on September 21st, fall is a great time to extend your bike riding adventures in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. As the leaves change colors along the miles of paved and mountain bike trails, cyclists will find a kaleidoscope of peak colors at every turn. Especially with the abundant rainfall, we have had this year. Colors along the trails and roadways are predicted to be spectacular. If the weather remains mostly sunny during the day with cooler temps at night, conditions favor stunning vistas while exploring the upper Midwest.

Fall color riding on a bike friendly road.

Fall color riding on a bike-friendly road and trails.

So, over the next month, it will be no surprise to find peak backdrops while riding. Especially using both the Iowa and Minnesota Bike/Hike Guides in conjunction with the following state color reports.

Guides and reports for easy peak colors for exploration this fall

Each year the fall color peak normally arrives in the northern one-third of the state in mid-September to early October. This year, as in the past few, the peak cycle, regionally, is running a week or so later than normal – so enjoy!

To get a more accurate gauge to the change in colors in areas you plan to explore with your bike see: Iowa’s fall color reportMinnesota’s fall color report; and for the Wisconsinsin fall color report. All three online reports are updated weekly each Thursday during the fall season.

Mountain biking fun with the leaves turning into their spectacular fall colors.

Mountain biking fun with the leaves turning into their spectacular fall colors.

Destinations and trails to enjoy during Minnesota and Wisconsin’s peak riding season

We will start with the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, as the color peak a bit earlier. Here, if you haven’t already, you will find over 24-Minnesota bike-friendly destination, plus information and a map of Polk County, WI. to match with the above reports.

Destinations and trails to enjoy during Iowa and Wisconsin’s peak riding season

In the Iowa Bike Guide, you will find over 18-Iowa bike-friendly destinations.

Staying safe in peak color riding season

  • Keep your helmets on! Even on off-road trails, bicyclists need to wear helmets. You are much more likely to fall on your head by locking wheels with another bike, or other hazards, then riding on a road in traffic.
  • Don’t forget to stop at stop signs on the trail, even if it’s just a driveway or gravel road.
  • And through this COVID-19 crisis wear a mask when riding in groups and use the following social distancing tips.

Enjoy nature and the many scenic peak color days ahead!

With fall foliage colors disappearing, these cyclists are still finding plenty of November bike events.

Top Fun November Bike Events in the Upper Midwest

With many of the trees having lost their colorful leaves, it might be a bit more bare out there. However, don’t despair! There are still many great biking opportunities that are around the upper Midwest to check out this November no matter what biking activity you love. With so many different November Bike Events, you’re sure to make new memories on your #nextbikeadventure.

November Bike Events

Nov 1: Kick Off Party with Benefits

King Boreas Winter Triathlon

Insight Brewing Minneapolis, MN



Nov 5–6: Fulton Star Cross | Facebook Page

Aquila Park

St. Louis Park, MN

Cycle Cross


Nov 5: Nocturnal Mountain Bike Races | Facebook Event Page

Lake Rebecca Singletrack Trail

Rockford, MN

Mountain Bike


Nov 6: No Name Alleycat Race

Minneapolis, MN

Recreational Bike Race


Nov 8: Bike to the Voting Booth

Everywhere U.S.A.

Recreational/Commuter Plan Your Route


Nov 10:  Shift Gears Bike Donation Dropoff

Bemidji, MN

Bike Donations


Nov 12-13: Theo With Cyclocross Classic | Facebook Event Page

Theodore Wirth Park Minneapolis, MN

Cycle Cross


Nov 13: Free Bikes 4 Kidz Wrench Slinger Shootout

Mall of America Bloomington, MN

Bike Donations/Repair


Nov 19: Fat Turkey Ride

Acceleration Sports and Fitness Brainerd, MN

Fat Bike


Nov 19–20: MN State Championship CX

Crystal, MN

Cycle Cross


Nov 21: Let’s Joyride Together: November Edition

Matthews Park Minneapolis, MN

Recreation Ride


Nov 26:  The “Pie Burner” Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride | Facebook Event Page 

Palmer’s Tavern Hibbing, MN

30+ miles  Fat Bike

The Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide is Available Digitally

For more information on the trails and for more fun events, check out our Fall digital version of the Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then, plan your #nextbikeadventure.

Watch for – The winter edition of the Bike/Hike Guide will be out December 1st for updated events throughout the 1st quarter of 2017.

Please let us know if we missed any events you are planning or would like to attend – just submit them into the HFB Events Calendar – it’s free!