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Lebanon Hills West Trailhead grand openingDespite the windy and cold conditions, a big crowd showed up for yesterday’s grand opening of Dakota County’s  Lebanon Hills West Trailhead, featuring the new mountain bike skills park (see my Aug. 7 blog post of preview photos/video of the park’s technical features). 

Willis Branning, Thomas Egan, Nancy Schouweiler, Chris Anderson ribbon-cutting, Lebanon Hills West Trailhead grand opening Amanda Scholz, Meghann Fedde 
There were dignitaries on hand, including Dakota County Commissioners Willis Branning, Thomas Egan and Nancy Schouweiler. MORC‘s 2012 Land Manager of the Year award went to Dakota County Parks and board member Chris Anderson presented the commissioners with a cool plaque, prior to the official ribbon cutting.  And board member Amanda Scholz presented Meghann Fedde with MORC’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

The Blue Door Pub crew The Indeed Brewing crew mountain bikers pigging out
Crews from the Blue Door Pub and Indeed Brewing kept the crowd well-nourished.

See the large slideshow of 60 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Events Organizations Photo album

I blogged about this event back in late August but since the The Blue Door Pub‘s menu was published yesterday, I thought I’d post a reminder. From the Lebanon Hills Facebook page:

Lebanon Hills West Trailhead grand openingJoin us at the West Trailhead Grand Opening event in Lebanon Hills Regional Park 12-4 PM on Saturday! Free event parking onsite and just south of the trailhead on Johnny Cake Ridge Road at the School of Environmental Studies.

Blue Door Pub menu Lebanon Hills West Trailhead grand openingBring your mountain bike to talk gear with experts from Valley Bike and Ski, Penn Cycle, REI and MORC, or borrow one to demo from Trek or Giant Bicycles. Chat about snowshoes, cross-country skis, hiking and even barefoot hiking with Midwest Mountaineering and the Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota. There’s something for everyone!

Dakota County Parks will be passing out swag bag vouchers to the first 200 people in line for the event and can be redeemed between 12:15-4 pm. Doors open at Noon!

I was up there earlier this week and took some photos of the classy new trailhead facility with my crappy smartphone camera:

Lebanon Hills West Trailhead IMAG0543 IMAG0544IMAG0545 IMAG0546 IMAG0547


Ben Datres posted this info in the MORC forum so I’d thought I’d leverage it here:

Lebanon Hills WestTrailhead grand openingMark the date! Dakota County Parks will be putting on a Grand Opening event for the New trailhead/shelter/skills park on October 6th from noon-4pm (note- the festivities will continue past 4 , Dakota just needed to put an end time)

Dakota county has been putting a lot of thought an work into this, looks like its going to be a great time!!  The event includes:

  • Trek and Giant Mountain Bike Demos
  • Food
  • Tune-up Booths
  • Local Bike shop tents
  • Door Prizes and Swag bags
  • Group Rides
  • Rumor has it a local microbrewery will even there!

The Blue Door Pub, St. Paul, MN The Blue Door Pub
Among the logos at the bottom of the poster (PDF) is that of The Blue Door Pub. Two of my sons work there and have confirmed that BDP will be at the grand opening all day ‘doing the food.’ My advice: do NOT eat a Juicy Blucy before you ride.

See the Aug. 20 StarTribune article: Lebanon Hills biking trail reopens with improvements draw for off-road bikers

Lebanon Hills has long been known as a premier, if not the premier, off-road cycling destination in Minnesota. And it just got better.

On Aug. 10, Lebanon Hills opened a facility with restrooms, a picnic shelter with grills, and a heated changing area. They also opened a new skills area with turns, jumps, berms, rock gardens and bridges.