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Thread: Trail Conditions - Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

  1. #128
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 09-02-2013 @ 11:50 AM

    Details:  Were there this Saturday and the dusty conditions were probably knocked down a bit with the nice rain.

    Ride here!! Fast and fun!!

  2. #127
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 07-18-2013 @ 09:57 AM

    Details:  I had the chance to ride Bertram this past Monday evening. The trail-loop at Bertram is currently mowed and trimmed back. In spite of a number of face-slappers the entire loop is ridable.

    Currently there are about 10 miles of "old school" type trails at Bertram. There are no new trails at Bertram (yet). Wright Co. parks is allowing off-road riding on existing trails at the park in interim of new trails being developed.

    Navigation is on the trail-loop is marked by brown sign-posts with white arrows and a MORC logo decals. They are sometime easy to miss. The trail is by no means heavily traveled so it'll be somewhat adventuresome if you are new to Bertram Lakes Park. Navigation should improve with increased use volume.

    Anybody who loves a trail that is a throw-back to early style trails is going to appreciate the current trail-loop at Bertram Lakes Park.

    New trail development is going to progress slowly (at first) as it's going to be a totally grass-roots effort to get things rolling.

  3. #126
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 07-06-2013 @ 02:15 PM

    Details:  everything is dry for now...

  4. #125
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    Trail Condition: Damp
    Date Posted: 06-25-2013 @ 08:03 PM

    Details:  95% of the trail is dry, low areas by lakes were damp, and some puddles. Lots of the trail is clean and mowed, but where it's not, it's thick.

  5. #124
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 05-10-2013 @ 12:35 PM

    Details:  The trails are open and in good shape.

  6. #123
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    Trail Condition: Closed
    Date Posted: 03-26-2013 @ 02:40 PM

    Details:  Closed until snow melts and trail dries out.

  7. #122
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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 01-14-2013 @ 08:37 AM

    Details:  Not icy but rough from foot and critter tracks. Pretty much all firm with the exception of the tight hilly stuff by the south lot. (West side of Long Lake) Some snow to fill in the craters will make it a better ride.

  8. #121
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    Trail Condition: Fat Tires
    Date Posted: 01-10-2013 @ 01:16 PM

    Details:  Trail ranges from county groomed packed to snowmobile and foot and hoof packed. Some firm and some a thin crust with sugar below. The twisty hilly stuff in the West is unpacked. 9.2 mi loop around the lakes utilizing most of the summer loop. More to come in trail discussion. A good ride for those that don't crave the groomed. Should improve with the meltdown.

  9. #120
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 10-12-2012 @ 12:54 PM

    Details:  The county and city are in the process of buying the property from the Y and turning it into the Bertram Chain of Lakes Park. they have already purchased about half of the property and they are developing multi-use trails on that half now. At this time they are open to keeping mountain biking as part of the park. they have asked us to use the new park entrance on 90th street as the trail head. in some of the areas where the park crew is building the multi-use trail, we will be developing parallel mountain bike trails. Depending on how much volunteer help we get.

  10. #119
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 10-11-2012 @ 09:01 PM

    Details:  Trail is riding very nicely right now! There are some big changes going on around there, looks like a new road going in and stuff. I parked in the usual place, I didn't realize there's a new place to park now.

    We rode the trail using the suggested arrows tonight, and it makes a nice loop. I wondered why the longer bridge across the stream wasn't included so we checked it out, and the bridge is collapsing. So if you incorporate that in your usual loop, you'll want to take a different way (the arrowed reroute works great).

    Right now is definitely a great time to go out and ride Manitou. Get your ride in before hunting season starts!

  11. #118
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 10-09-2012 @ 05:28 AM

    Details:  Trail conditions at the Bertram Chain of Lakes trails (the Y) are good and dry. Volunteers have been out the past couple months clearing the trail. 10 miles of trail open and very rideable. New trail head at Bertram Chain of Lakes main park entrance on 90th street.

  12. #117
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    Trail Condition: Damp
    Date Posted: 06-15-2012 @ 04:06 PM

    Details:  Trail is overgrown, with parts of it washed out. Would only recommend for the extremely adventurous.

  13. #116
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    Trail Condition: Tacky
    Date Posted: 06-14-2012 @ 08:03 AM

    Details:  As expected this time of year, the trail is getting pretty overgrown in many parts. However, if you don't mind getting a little cozy with the vegetation, the trail is still riding nice. I rode most of the trail last night, and there were a couple of trees down. I forgot my pack saw, so I cleared what I could by hand. The camp has recently mowed a lot of the doubletrack that goes through the prairie areas. Also, even getting off my bike a few times to clear things, I did not get a single tick. So if you are looking to ride Manitou before fall, right now would not be a bad time to go. I rode my Pugsley and I'm glad I did, so if you have a fatbike in your quiver, that would be the bike to take there. Anything will work though.

    Backcountry/wilderness riding at it's finest. Be prepared for a pretty rugged trail excursion.

    If you rely on the arrow signage, I noticed some of them were flipped around in the wrong direction, and a few others were down or didn't make sense. So if you don't know the trail well, you'll need a guide. Feel free to PM me if you need someone to show you around.

  14. #115
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    Trail Condition: Dry
    Date Posted: 04-08-2012 @ 03:49 PM

    Details:  Monticello is in excellent condition

  15. #114
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    Trail Condition: Melting
    Date Posted: 02-19-2012 @ 04:10 PM

    Details:  Trail still has a snow base in some sections (and is nicely packed), and bare ground in others. Mud is beginning to appear in some sections. Had a friend with on studded skinnies and he had no problem on any part of the trail.

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