The Puijo Mountain Biking Trail near the center of Kuopio is a year-round multipurpose route. The trail is suitable for mountain biking and trail running all year round.
The easiest way to start the route is from the Pesäpallostadion (baseball stadium) parking lot, located 1.6 km from Kuopio Market Square. The trail rises to the Puijo Tower, which is worth a visit. From there, cycle to Kokonmäki, where the trail continues to the Puijonnokka lean-to.
The route from the baseball stadium to Puijonsarventie is 6,3 km long. Near the Puijonnokka lean-to you can have a break and make a fire.
It is possible to shorten the route by starting it from the Puijo Tower, where you will also find a parkin lot. One way route from Puijo Tower to Puijonsarventie is 4.4 km long.
The route ends at Aaro Jalkanen's memorial to Puijonsarventie, from where a cycle route runs through the Julkula district to the city center. Connecting trails allow different route alternatives.
The Puijo observation tower and café offer a great break.
Puijo stairs are a famous site for training. The 376 stairs take you to the yard of Puijo Tower.
The trail is a demanding mountain bike trail and requires a bike and experience with mountain biking. The route is not suitable for cycling on a normal bike. Please note, that there can be pedestrians along the route, too.
Dress according to the weather.
Mountain biking equipment.
The route is connected to an asphalted cycle path that runs around the entire Puijo area. The mountain bike trail can be reached from the center by bike.
The route crosses at several points along Puijo's outdoor trails. In winter, outdoor trails are cross-country skiing tracks and cyclists must always avoid skiers and other travelers.
It is also permitted to walk on the mountain bike trail, so cyclists must take note of other users.
The best way to get to the route is Puijo Baseball Stadium (Puijonlaaksontie 14, 70200 Kuopio), Puijo Tower (Puijontie 135, 70300 Kuopio) or Puijonsarvi near Aaro jalkanen memorial (Puijonsarventie 78).
Baseball Stadium parking lot: Puijonlaaksontie 14, 70200 Kuopio
Puijo tower parking lot: Puijontie 135, 70300 Kuopio
At Puijonsarvi, Puijonsarventie 78, is a small area where it is allowed to park on the asphalted part of the disc, but it can only hold a few cars at a time. It is recommended to take the car to the official parking lot.