02-23-2014 @ 08:24 PM
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:
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.