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  1. #1162
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    Trail Condition: Melting Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 03-21-2015 @ 12:00 PM

    Details:  Did some recon on the East side last night. Per usual, conditions vary greatly between segments.

    We checked out between Parkers picnic west to the end of the gravel road at Lyndale.
    Per Tim's post, the Parker's hill has been under construction for a couple days. The soil is loose, tread lightly. Heading west the trail is in pretty good shape, with the exception of a few muddy spots and one icy spot, all the way to Hopkins road (the gravel access road east of Lyndale and the culvert).

    The trail south trail at Hopkins road, that heads back east to Cedar Bridge, is a muck fest in the first 30 yards. We turned around right away.

    Heading west to from Hopkins road to Lyndale is softish, maybe considered tacky during the summer, but certainly the thaw is still working out.

    The gravel road west of Lyndale is fine but once you get to the end the trail was pretty soft so we turned back.

    Overall I would consider what we checked out "almost ready". I would stay off for now. If you feel you must ride, be prepared to turn back if you encounter any questionable conditions. And of course, as mentioned before, the forecasted rain and lowish temps will extend the thaw and dryout period.

    Be patient.. it seems like we are going to have an early season this year so let's keep the impact to a minimum.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 03-21-2015 @ 08:14 AM

    Details:  I say, open for business. I rode from the Ferry bridge to Lyndale last night. There are still a few soft spots you'll want to ride on the side of the trail but overall it's really good and tacky, more soft near Lyndale. Lot's of fun banking through the corners with the tacky dirt. I would have set the trail condition to tacky, but it wasn't available in the list so I selected Packed.

    I hear snow is in the forecast for tomorrow so things might change quickly.

    Here's a video of the trail so you can see for yourself. Bump up the quality to HD to make the video clearer. https://youtu.be/EAvlZuDPsZY

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    Trail Condition: Closed
    Date Posted: 03-16-2015 @ 08:54 AM

    Details:  Please be aware of construction equipment working on the segment of trail below Parker's Picnic area. Trail Source will begin construction in this area on 3-19-2015 weather permitting

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    Trail Condition: Closed
    Date Posted: 03-16-2015 @ 08:43 AM

    Details:  I rode from Ferry to 9-mile yesterday, (Sunday March 15th). At the start by the Ferry bridge, there is mud on top of the hill. Once you're at the bottom it is in pretty good condition, a bit soft for about a mile. Where the river bends north (lake at the left) the trail is muddy for about 100 yards. Beyond that it get's pretty good. Trail is still soft but Fat Tires would actually do some good to pack down the ruts from all the trail wreckers.

    Bottom line, fat tires recommended so you can pack down the now soft ruts and so you can drive around on the side of the trail where it's muddy and soft. Not the best conditions but it beats having to hit the pavement and I think with some responsible riding you can actually improved the trail before the ruts get hard.

    I didn't change the trail condition from closed because I don't think I'm qualified to make that judgement but I wanted to share what I found.

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    Trail Condition: Melting Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 03-13-2015 @ 02:00 PM

    Details:  Went down to Lyndale to do some trail work & check things out. After a short walk from the parking lot, we went home immediately. Definitely not ready this weekend.
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    Trail Condition: Melting Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 03-12-2015 @ 01:20 PM

    Details:  Again, please stay off the trail until the frost is out of the ground.

    Thanks!!

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    Trail Condition: Melting Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 03-07-2015 @ 02:00 PM

    Details:  Thanks, Minnesota River Bottoms for all of the fun this season!

    From yesterday morning's ride...



    Kevin g

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    Trail Condition: Melting Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 03-06-2015 @ 04:47 PM

    Details:  As a reminder please stay off the trail when the temps go above freezing. We don't need anyone making examples of muddy rutted trails as another reason for pavement.

    Thanks,
    Dennis.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 03-01-2015 @ 06:04 PM

    Details:  Mostly dirt today with some packed snow and several muddy areas. Most of which you could ride around. Morning rides before the sun melts the remaining snow is probably best.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-21-2015 @ 08:27 PM

    Details:  Rode Ferry to Lyndale. Mostly packed snow covered with some segments of dirt.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-18-2015 @ 05:57 AM

    Details:  Lyndale to Bloomington Ferry: Packed with some dirt spots showing through. Only a couple small icy spots.
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-04-2015 @ 06:33 PM

    Details:  Rode Bloomington Ferry Bridge to 9 mile -- almost ideal packed conditions.

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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 01-31-2015 @ 12:10 PM

    Details:  Frozen dirt and ice, studs would be great if you've got'em

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-21-2015 @ 06:02 PM

    Details:  Inch of snow over packed and occasionally icy trail. Enough Fat bikes through today to mark the trail well. Rode BFB to 9mile.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-18-2015 @ 03:09 PM

    Details:  Well packed BFB to 9 mile. FAT tread within frozen trail giving good traction. Didn't slip once. I rode the trail before it got above freezing this morning, so conditions may have changed. Always best to stay off, too, when temps are above freezing causing the trial to melt. (preaching to the choir!)

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