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Thread: Trail Conditions - MN River Bottoms

  1. #1090
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    Trail Condition: Melting Do Not Ride
    Date Posted: 04-08-2014 @ 09:23 AM

    Details:  Just a reminder to all to give the trail(s) a break and let it thaw out. Please stay off until it's ready.

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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 03-20-2014 @ 07:12 PM

    Details:  Rode from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM today. Icy at start, mushy at finish, but no big mud or puddles to fight. Got first tracks on latest snowfall from France Ave access to past the Ike's property. With only one warm day to get rutted up, Saturday morning ride whould be good.
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 03-20-2014 @ 11:11 AM

    Details:  I think icy was the predominant condition I encountered last night, but there was some of everything depending on which way I went.

    The gravel road from Lyndale west was a pudding-like mess with bottomless puddles that threatened to swallow everything whole. I think I saw signs that a skinny tired rider turned around and gave up -- appeared to be skidding out nonstop.

    Further west, packed fresh snow was dominant with ice lurking underneath. The unpleasant surprise was that the creek where the raft is (9 mile?) is totally ice free, and I didn't want to walk the log, altho clearly others had. The water level on the creek is normal, altho I would think the melt would make it higher.

    East of Lyndale, the riverside trails are way sweet up til the powerlines and a bit loose after that. Foot traffic makes the bluff trails way bumpy over packed snow and ice, but flowing nicely in spite of it.

    All in all, a lovely temperate night with nice trails. After Thu and Fri temps in 40s, who knows?

  4. #1087
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    Trail Condition: Icy
    Date Posted: 03-15-2014 @ 01:57 PM

    Details:  Icy and in rough conditions, you have been informed...

  5. #1086
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 03-07-2014 @ 06:20 PM

    Details:  Still good, "Thank You" to the rider that bashed through to the Cedar bridge. I you have never been under the old bridge it is solid ice, kinda cool.

    I found a Garmin thing west of 9 mile, looks like it might mount to fork, looks like it's worth a six pack.

  6. #1085
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 03-06-2014 @ 07:06 PM

    Details:  Very nicely packed. Transient conditions as a warming trend is upon is. But for now, this very instant... it's a slightly bumpy 12-15" wide well-packed trail. Stay within the friendly confines to avoid an OTB mishap. Or don't. And make a nice snow-angel. Best results when you aim between the trees.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-28-2014 @ 08:08 PM

    Details:  Rode this afternoon, its all good. Few drifts that now have a few snow angels. Blackdog is sweet.

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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 02-26-2014 @ 06:47 PM

    Details:  +1 on previous post for trail west of Lyndale. East of Lyndale was well packed & good almost to power line across from Black dog, where it got a bit sketchy for old men. Didn't try bluff-side trail east of Lyndale.
    Work is the curse of the riding class.

  9. #1082
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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 02-26-2014 @ 12:36 PM

    Details:  The doubletrack entry from the Lyndale side on the Lyndale-Ferry route was choppy, but when singletrack started the trail was pretty sweet the whole way around noon on 2/25. The Ferry side entry which was reported as choppy on 2/23 was pretty nice when I rode it. A few sketchy areas are lurking, but I mostly stayed upright.

    Very fine snow is quick to drift onto the exposed sections, even covering up my tracks from an hour earlier, but the packed trail exists underneath. Fat tires are best, I'd say, but I bet skinnier tires could have a nice time too. I'm amazed at how nice the trail is, considering the big snow dump we had last week. My thanks to all involved.

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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 02-23-2014 @ 08:24 PM

    Details:  I decided to try riding at the river bottoms today... and was pleasantly surprised! Conditions varied a lot, so I put "fat tires" but I would call major portions of the trail "packed" at this point.

    I started at the Bloomington ferry lot. For about two miles, it is very choppy/torn up from hikers. Don't let this turn you back! Most of the foot traffic turns around, and then the trail actually gets pretty nice. I'd guess this was the best place to ride today, and perhaps for the next couple of days.

    This is what you get after you get past the foot traffic by the bloomington ferry trailhead:


    Further in..


    There are a couple of places that aren't quite so packed


    East of 35W is a lot less civilized for bikes. It's packed in, but by foot traffic. It's pretty bumpy and slow going. Still very rideable, just don't expect a bike friendly groom. It just needs more riders to get ridden in.

    My friend and I fixed this up in the fall, so I was obligated to put tracks on it.


    This is the kind of trail pack you will deal with right now on lower east side. It's not as bad as it looks, but it's not exactly a freshly groomed Elm Creek or Cuyuna.


    I was at 8psi rear, 4psi front, nates on old marges. Pretty much gripped and ripped for 98% of the trail. I did not see any other bikes, which is too bad, conditions were good and it was a nice day out.

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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 02-22-2014 @ 03:16 PM

    Details:  Rode the trail around noon - it was hike-a-bike in a couple spots. From the Bloomington Ferry to 35 back to the B Ferry - it was probably 2.5 hours

    We rode with clownshoes and 4.8s. I think anything on the smaller side is going to struggle.

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    Trail Condition: Needs Packing
    Date Posted: 02-15-2014 @ 11:19 PM

    Details:  Experienced all kinds of different conditions between Bloomington Ferry and 9 Mile during my Saturday afternoon ride. Some was easy some was hike a bike, but overall conditions were pretty fun for fat bikes. Challenging, but fun. I don't think skinny tires would have a good time.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 02-08-2014 @ 09:29 PM

    Details:  Trail is a 6-14 inch wide packed sidewalk between Bloomington Ferry and Nine Mile. Only a few challenging spots. Great conditions for fatties right now and I am sure the adventurous skinny tires could survive also. Get out and get some!

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    Trail Condition: Needs Packing
    Date Posted: 02-08-2014 @ 12:37 PM

    Details:  I road both east and west of lyndale this morning. East of lyndale started out packed but became beyond my skill level. West was easier but still required significant concentration to keep the bike on the trail. Someone with better skills than i will consider the trail packed, but I'm going to label it "needs packing". The sides of the trail are unforgivable. It's not like earlier this winter when I could ride a few feet off the trail and return. Leaving the trail now results in either an immediate stop or a wipe out. I'm surprised by how little the trail has changed in 3 weeks. This was the winter to buy a fat bike.

  15. #1076
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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 02-02-2014 @ 04:14 PM

    Details:  WTB fat bike. I was able to ride my skinnies from Lyndale to Nine Mile Creek with extreme concentration and beyond that it was more frustration than had ambition for. Where are all the fat bikes?

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