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Thread: Trail Conditions - MN River Bottoms

  1. #1084
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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.
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  3. #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.

  5. #1080
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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.

  9. #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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    Trail Condition: Needs Packing
    Date Posted: 02-01-2014 @ 02:26 PM

    Details:  Slow going today. More traffic will help. Bloomington Ferry to the raft was fresh tracks for us at 10am. Raft to Lyndale is really nice, and I'd expect tomorrow to be really good. Ferry to raft will be too if it gets ridden a bit more today.

  11. #1074
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-25-2014 @ 03:20 PM

    Details:  I was able to maintain about 10mph on 2.1 skinnies with 30+ PSI between Lyndale and the ferry bridge. Though most of it was very fast, there were a few challenging sections to keep things interesting. Thank you fat bikes.

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    Trail Condition: Needs Packing
    Date Posted: 01-18-2014 @ 03:00 PM

    Details:  We received 2-3" of light snow last night. I road 2.1" Nokians from Lyndale to the end of the fat bike race course (maybe 3/4 the way to the ferry bridge). The conditions ranged from needs packing to fat tires only. Sections of the trail that were not part of the race course, including the rest of the way to the ferry bridge, were unridden mash potatoes. Overall it was a beautiful day and a good time.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-11-2014 @ 06:36 PM

    Details:  Rode today from 10:15 til 2:00. Very well packed, getting icy. I made it just fine without studs, but studs would be helpful. WE went from Bloom Ferry to Cedar/494. Ridable by any tire. See what tomorrow will bring...

  14. #1071
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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-11-2014 @ 05:44 PM

    Details:  Friday afternoon from Cedar to Bloomington Ferry was very packed with the occasional icy spot. Pugsley was not needed, studded 29er would be fast. Saw maybe 6 other fatbikes and couple non fat riding just fine. Watch out on the Cedar/77 bridge, it's full of iced in footprints and is very hard to ride.

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    Trail Condition: Packed
    Date Posted: 01-02-2014 @ 05:56 PM

    Details:  Super Packed Freeway. Some frozen slush ruts every now and then to keep you on your toes. If you want a fat - tire challenge, hit the race course line between the Swing-bridge and the Lyndale maintenance road (look for the orange tape)

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