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  1. #1129
    Dirt Boss - Terrace Oaks
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 10-15-2014 @ 02:19 PM

    Details:  Excellent conditions today, the usual sand spots but nothing that can't be ridden! Get out and ride!
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  2. #1128
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 10-10-2014 @ 09:00 AM

    Details:  Rode from Bloomington Ferry Bridge East toward 9 mile creek. Before the swing bridge is great, a short time after it turns into a sandpit.

  3. #1127
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 09-24-2014 @ 02:38 PM

    Details:  Rode last night from Bloomington Ferry past SwingBridge. One long section east of Swing bridge extremely sandy. Fat Tire domain!

  4. #1126
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    Trail Condition: Tacky
    Date Posted: 09-11-2014 @ 08:03 PM

    Details:  I rode this evening between Indian Mounds School and about 1.25 miles west of Nine Mile Creek. Trail condition was excellent. 99.9% tacky or dry. Just 3 or 4 small puddles, easily avoided, just east of Lyndale. The raft on Nine Mile Creek is half sunk. One float must be full of water. Tree bridge is still great, though.

  5. #1125
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    Trail Condition: Damp
    Date Posted: 09-04-2014 @ 08:21 AM

    Details:  Rode last night from 169 to raft. Lots of greasy mud and some puddles. Rode skinny tires and it was rideable, but the folks on fat tires looked to be having lots more fun. There is still sand east of Normandale, but most people will be able to ride it now. The raft is hung up on a downed tree, but the tree crossing is still fine.

  6. #1124
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    Trail Condition: Tacky
    Date Posted: 08-26-2014 @ 05:22 PM

    Details:  The east side from the 102nd street entrance west to Nine Mile Creek is in great condition. The sand on the gravel road and on the trail near Nine Mile has packed in nicely with the recent rain.

    There is a construction crew working down at the "parking lot" at the east end of 102nd so the trail entrance is "closed". I suggest going in at Parker's Picnic instead.

    I removed the head smacking trees that had fallen over the trail just east of the Gideon Pond entrance. Sightlines need some work so make sure you ride at an appropriate speed and look for oncoming traffic (hikers and bikers).

  7. #1123
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    Trail Condition: Tacky
    Date Posted: 08-25-2014 @ 11:01 PM

    Details:  Rode tonight from the ferry bridge to Lyndale on the skinny tires. Only about 1/4 mile of major sand pit from the swing bridge heading east and it's rideable with some speed. The trail is shaping back up nicely. Thanks to all the fat bikers for breaking trail. Special shout out to Frank who I met and who led the way through the sand with his big tires.

  8. #1122
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    Trail Condition: Wet Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 08-18-2014 @ 06:46 PM

    Details:  Rode the trail today after seeing some other tire tracks and bikers. There were lots of puddles and mud between Lyndale parking lot and the raft. After that it improved but became very sandy after about a mile. I had no trouble with my moonlander. My friend really struggled on 2" tires.

  9. #1121
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 08-11-2014 @ 06:45 PM

    Details:  Conditions go from tacky/damp from 169 to swing bridge. Then from tacky to I wish I was on 4.8's between swing bridge to road leading to 35w. East of 35W to A power line on the low road is even worst with extremely soft sand. Sit back, relax, and enjoy life in granny one, two, and three.

    I rode w/ 3.8's and it was challenging in places, will take the bigger bike out tomorrow. Saw a couple folks out with skinny tires, they were pushing there bikes. (You think they would learn after pushing for a mile and a half that it just might not get any better....) Mine and another guys tracks from ferry bridge to 9 miles crossing.

  10. #1120
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 08-04-2014 @ 07:28 AM

    Details:  Still damp / muddy in some spots and lots of logs debris but, to be perfectly honest, I thought it was fat biking bliss!

    Not that it's impossible but, I wouldn't bring my skinny MTB down there.

    Mostly white sand awesome-ness!
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  11. #1119
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 08-02-2014 @ 06:12 PM

    Details:  Post-flood trail rehab status:

    Ridable from Lyndale to Nine Mile Creek; Raft foundered, but log still in place;


    ine Mile Creek to RR swing bridge: 5 or six logs or other off-the-bike spots; Inland trail west of France Avenue access muddy in coulee;

    Lowland trail from Hopkins Road to split past 4th bridge, mostly ridable;
    Work is the curse of the riding class.

  12. #1118
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    Trail Condition: Tacky
    Date Posted: 08-01-2014 @ 08:32 AM

    Details:  Rode the west section from Lyndale to a few likes past Nine Mile Creek. It's mostly ridable with quite a few downed trees providing a limbo bar every now and then. On the outer side past NMC, it's easy to lose the dry sandier trail and fall into an almost-but-not-quite-yet dry mud field. Stopped just parallel to the end of Coleman Lake due to too many trees down blocking all the paths. Those Bottoms a'changing.

  13. #1117
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    Trail Condition: Damp
    Date Posted: 07-27-2014 @ 12:28 AM

    Details:  Rode the Eastern section from 77 up to 494 and back. The Eagan side has more sticks, logs and other driftwood on the trail. In the area where the beaver dam was there is some nasty silt muck that will sink a fatbike and suck your shoes off. Should be like concrete when it finally dries. Bloomington side back to the Cedar bridge was nice with the usual long sandy section.

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    Trail Condition: Damp
    Date Posted: 07-24-2014 @ 07:56 PM

    Details:  Rode from Lyndale to Nine Mile Creek, & eastward on the lowland trail past the fourth bridge. Greasy and sandy in spots, best for fat bikes. Log across Nine Mile Creek, still in place. See Trail Discussion post for further details.
    Work is the curse of the riding class.

  15. #1115
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    Trail Condition: Wet Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 07-24-2014 @ 01:39 PM

    Details:  I rode from the bloom. ferry trail head. I don't how far I went since the whole area has been drastically changed since I rode it last in May but I went pretty far past the train bridge. At a certain point the trail just ends. I've ridden it a few times before but it turns into mud and sand. I don't recommend riding it for at least a few more weeks. At one point I must have had 10 pounds of mud caked on my bike. I think its going to take a lot of work to make the trail what it was.Click image for larger version

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