A Route for Every Lake Lover
Distance: 10.5 miles
Time: 1 hour
Leaving the simplest, possibly loveliest for last. This ride basically follows the Grand Rounds. To get to the lakes, you can either bike up the Cedar Lake/Kenilworth Trail from downtown Minneapolis or the Midtown Greenway (which will take you all the way to Lake Calhoun) from St. Paul or you can drive—although parking over there is never fun. Remember that the Grand Rounds is one-way bike traffic, too.
I rode over from the Midtown Greenway and rode along Lake of the Isles first, because it’s how the trail naturally leads. To get from Lake of the Isles to Lake Calhoun, you need to ride down past the Midtown Greenway exit and under the trail. That’ll lead you to the Wheel Fun Rentals beach on Lake Calhoun. Hopping on the Rounds from there is a simple matter of following the only bike trail available. To get from Lake Calhoun to Lake Harriet, follow the William Berry Parkway route once more. If you time it right, you might even be able to hear some live music from the Lake Harriet bandstand when you ride in. After you ride around the lake (stopping to swim, kayak, stand up paddleboard, grab an overpriced beer, whatever it may be), you’ll follow the William Berry Parkway in the opposite direction, and it’ll lead you back to Lake Calhoun.
Ride along and enjoy the view—because what a view it is—and stop off in the Calhoun park to do some hammocking, picnicking, reading, or serious people watching. Once you’ve hit your quota of park/lake time, following the Grand Rounds trail; it’ll bring you back to where you started on Calhoun, depositing you in the perfect spot to get in on the water recreation if you haven’t already done so.