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Metro Trail Conditions
Please monitor trail conditions often and do not ride when conditions are wet or closed.
Trail Status Guide Brief Condition Description Update By Date Posted
Afton Alps Closed Closed for 2016: "At this time we will not planning on reopening our Mountain Bike trails." Tiff... MuK 04-05-2016, 04:16 PM
Battle Creek Wet Do Not Ride Hoping it obvious to all. It's really wet out there. Please do not ride. We're going to need at leas... Tomg 09-22-2016, 12:21 PM
Monticello Wet Do Not Ride Lots of rain moved through the area last night, trails will be too wet to ride, thanks for staying o... Count 09-22-2016, 06:15 AM
Carver Lake Closed Still closed. Cool temps have really slowed the drying process. Sun and wind will help today. jhleech 09-26-2016, 07:58 AM
Cottage Grove Bike Park Closed CLOSED! Even though the sun is out the park is still closed and will stay closed for a couple days t... cglasford 09-25-2016, 11:09 AM
Elm Creek Closed Elm Creek is Closed due to rain & wet conditions JayT 09-21-2016, 05:44 PM
Hillside Park Wet Do Not Ride Still to wet,give it another day to dry out holasekfamily 09-25-2016, 08:27 PM
Lake Rebecca Closed ... JayT 09-21-2016, 05:46 PM
Lebanon Hills Closed Closed the forecast rain finally showed up after a few false starts. We didn't get the epic numbers ... dave t 09-22-2016, 06:43 AM
MN River Bottoms Wet Do Not Ride Stating the obvious. More rain today (Friday). Wet conditions. ckovacic 09-23-2016, 02:23 PM
Murphy Hanrehan Damp Open!! Sunshine and wind helped us out. Watch for slick spots in the wooded sections. journeyman 09-26-2016, 11:06 AM
Salem Hills Wet Do Not Ride Please stay off. We have lots of new dirt sections that are extremely sensitive to all of the rain t... Shawno 09-25-2016, 01:24 PM
Terrace Oaks Dry Perfect riding conditions. Trail has been cleaned up from fallen trees and debris, no pedestrians o... cdonlin 09-15-2016, 10:31 AM
Theodore Wirth Closed Gates are closed. It will take a couple of dry days before the trail is ready, but the forecast doe... Greendog 09-22-2016, 12:10 PM

Southern Minnesota Trail Conditions
Please monitor trail conditions often and do not ride when conditions are wet or closed.
Trail Status Guide Brief Condition Description Update By Date Posted
7-Mile Closed 7 Mile creek is closed for the summer of 2016 due to the construction on Highway 169. However Kiwia... doachs 05-26-2016, 01:47 PM
Fort LeHillier Closed Blue Earth river flooded out the trail. The water has gone down but the mud remains. Lots of work to... Tater 07-01-2014, 05:31 PM
Holzinger Lodge Packed Entire trail is hard-packed from foot and fat-bike traffic. Stay off trail when near or above freez... sherman 11-29-2014, 09:22 AM
Mt. Kato Tacky According to the website -- they are open for the season https://www.mountkato.com/mountain-bik... MuK 05-12-2015, 04:18 PM
Memorial Trail Tacky Just a little shot of rain last night, should be riding fast and awesome after a little drying this ... hockeynut 09-26-2016, 07:53 AM

Northwestern Minnesota Trail Conditions
Please monitor trail conditions often and do not ride when conditions are wet or closed.
Trail Status Guide Brief Condition Description Update By Date Posted
Grand Rapids Dry 9/3/2015 Trails is riding awesome!!! :banana: Great job GRIMBA crew!! Peace, Joe jms 09-04-2015, 07:48 AM
Jail Trail Dry Some sandy spots in the run off areas. Ride it like the high schoolers will this weekend! natehakensak 09-14-2016, 01:41 PM
Milaca Packed The Bog Monster is packed and ready for fat bikes. Enter from 130th Ave on west side of Bog Monster... CraigB 01-02-2016, 02:01 PM

Northeastern Minnesota Trail Conditions
Please monitor trail conditions often and do not ride when conditions are wet or closed.
Trail Status Guide Brief Condition Description Update By Date Posted
Hartley Park Dry Yesterday's big statewide T-storms largely missed Duluth. Trails are still pretty dusty. namdoogttam 07-06-2016, 09:57 AM
Piedmont Trail Dry Yesterday's big statewide T-storms largely missed Duluth. Trails are still pretty dusty. namdoogttam 07-06-2016, 09:58 AM

Out Of State Trail Conditions
Please monitor trail conditions often and do not ride when conditions are wet or closed.
Trail Status Guide Brief Condition Description Update By Date Posted
Whitetail Ridge Tacky From Twitter: trailconditions ‏@KinniOffRoad Sep 18 Trails are open :) calc 09-19-2016, 03:23 PM
Woolly Trail Closed More rain this morning still closed. Arron 09-25-2016, 06:37 AM
Levis Trow Packed All trails dry and leafy. Even Snodgrass is dry with some damp spots:banana: Well worth the 150 mil... painterX 12-09-2015, 06:22 PM

Why Are Trails Closed?

Sustainable trails are built so that water will run across the trail, not down it. When water runs down the trail it focuses the water and increases erosion. Riding wet trails creates ruts that will focus the water and increase erosion.

Riding wet trails also increases cupping of the trail surface and causes puddles to get deeper and wider, both of which slow the recovery of the trail.

Trails are closed (and often fenced off) during the freeze/thaw cycle in the fall and spring. During these times, trails are especially susceptible to significant damage.

Trails may also be closed after significant weather events, or if there are unsafe trail conditions.

The trails around the Twin Cities metro area are particularly sensitive due to the very large numbers of users these trails get every year.

When trails turn into maintenance headaches, land managers start to consider closing trails for good... PLEASE do your part to ensure that we have access to great trails by riding responsibly. Together we can keep these mountain biking opportunities available for generations to come!



Wet Trail Conditions

Beyond major closures, knowing when not to ride after a rainfall can be less obvious. Trails will not be posted as closed or fenced off after normal rainfalls/storms, so it is up to you to make an educated decision. Here are some general rules regarding wet conditions:

- Trails should not be used during wet weather, or when the trail is soft or muddy.
- Trails are open if the trail is firm and the surface will not be disturbed by foot or bike travel.
- PLEASE be patient if the trail isn't ready... allow the trail to dry before riding.
- Trails are typically too wet to ride for 18-24 hours after a significant rainfall.
- Riding wet trails damages the trail by creating ruts that increase erosion.

Please check the Trail Conditions Pages above for the most up-to-date information. And if you ride a trail, please take a minute and update the conditions if they haven't been updated in a while... this is a great way to both help out your fellow riders and help preserve the trails we love!





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