Over The Hills Gang
Message from our GIA Trail Coordinator, Perry May:
Trails: The Emily/Outing ATV Grant-In-Aid State Trail opened in June 2014. The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club, in coordination with our trail sponsor Cass County, maintains the Emily/Outing GIA ATV Trail. The Emily/Outing Trail is open from May 1st to October 31st for both Class I and Class II ATVs. This ATV Trail system is 56 miles in length which includes the Moose River Trails. The trail system begins in Emily, MN located on the southern part of the trail, travels through Outing, MN and further north to the Moose River Trail loops which are located 6 miles north of Outing. Funds to maintain these trails are provided by the MN Trail Assistance Program (GIA), through annual grants, fundraising efforts by Over The Hills Gang ATV Club and donations from the Emily/Outing Chamber of Commerce, Club members and ATV enthusiasts.
The ATV trail system has two main routes designated as the "A" and "B" trails, and three main loops known as the Plantation, Wren, and Cedar Lake Loops of the Moose River Trails.
Parking & Unloading
Starting in Emily, the "A" trail will follow the MN State Highway 6 ditch to Outing. In Outing the trail turns east along Cass County Road 58 for approximately 1/3 mile, where it will turn north following Sunset Hill Road. The "A" trail turns into the woods approximately two miles north on Sunset Hill Road where it will connect to the southern part of the Wren Loop on the Moose River Trail.
Starting at the intersection of MN State Highway 6 and Mill Road, (approximately 2.5 miles north of Emily) the "B" Trail heads east along Mill Road before turning northeast at the intersection of Mill Road and the Ruth Lake Public Water Access Parking area. *please note - ATV parking or unloading is prohibited on the Ruth Lake Public Water Access. The "B" Trail will continue northeast past Morrison Lake, jogging one mile east on Cass County Road 58, following rolling terrain past Reservoir Lake, then turning north on Pikus Forest Road, before connecting to the Cedar Lake Loop of the Moose River Trails.
A small connector trail labeled "AB" will allow the ATV rider to travel from the "A" Trail to the "B" Trail along Papoose Road. The Emily/Outing ATV Trail also connects to the Northwoods Regional ATV Trail through the Moose River Connector Trail. This connector trail connects the eastern part of the Cedar Lake Loop of the Moose River Trail to the Soo Line North Corridor Trail. Once connected to the Northwoods Regional ATV Trail, the ATV rider can connect to all of the Aitkin County Trails, along with connecting to the Soo Line South Corridor Trails, and to towns and cites such as Hill City, Cass Lake, Boy River, Palisade, McGregor and Moose Lake.
Parking/Unloading: Riders are encouraged to park and unload at five designated trail parking areas marked by an Information Kiosk.
August 20, 2017 Trail Update: I rode the Emily /Outing ATV Trail on 8/20/17 and just wanted to share a summary. After the 3+ inches of rain this week the trails are holding up well!
1. "A" trail is in good condition. There is water holding in the Hwy 6 ditch and the far northern end where the trail crosses into the Land O Lakes Forest boundary, and the intersection of the Wren Loop. All water holes have a solid bottom and are no more than 6" deep. Lots of logging going north past Charleys Road. Be careful!!
2. "B" trail. From County 58 to Pikus Road trail is in excellent condition. Best I have seen! Someone has been dumping tailings in various sections (maybe the loggers) and the Clemson Leveler is still draining water. Water level of beaver pond is holding steady since we installed it. From marker 316-853, next 2 miles south are in good shape.
3. Moose River trails are holding water in many places, but a hard bottom makes the puddles passable.
MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors: The Emily/Outing GIA ATV State Trail is monitored by MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors. The program exists to promote safe, environmentally responsible operation of OHVs through informational, educational contact and monitoring efforts. Stop and say hello and a thank you to a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!
Trail Maps: The Over The Hills Gang ATV Club typically publishes a new trail map annually which can be found at most local Emily/Outing businesses, at informational kiosks, or as a printable PDF file here on our site. Small changes as directed by our trail sponsor Cass County, or by the MN Department of Natural Resources requires us to drop or add trail sections. Please check the year on the map for the most up-to-date version.
Additional Trails & Information: Check out these other resources for trails and ATV riding information.
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Minnesota DNR Daily Digest Bulletin
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Over The Hills Gang ATV Club