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It Just Rained, Is It OK To Ride?
 


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 Damp I'll call it damp, but please ride with caution the usual weak sections neno 05-26-2016, 03:14 PM
Monticello Wet Do Not Ride There is standing water on the trail. It will be at least a couple of days to dry enough assuming n... Count 05-26-2016, 09:44 AM
Carver Lake Damp Trail is open and mostly tacky, with a few damp corners. jhleech 05-26-2016, 04:21 PM
Cottage Grove Bike Park Damp OPEN! There are a few soft spots so be careful your first run and try to avoid riding the soft spot... cglasford 05-25-2016, 05:35 PM
Elm Creek Closed Elm Creek remains closed. Recent thunderstorms have soaked the trail once again. JayT 05-25-2016, 11:21 AM
Hillside Park Wet Do Not Ride Tons of rain falling tonight, it will take quite a while for the trail to dry out before riding. Th... Count 05-23-2016, 07:16 PM
Lake Rebecca Closed Lake Rebecca Park Reserve will be closed to off-road riding for the 2016 summer season until the com... JayT 04-13-2016, 12:03 PM
Lebanon Hills Damp Calling it damp. Running blind but Just got word from Dakota Parks that Leb is open. Get out while y... dave t 05-26-2016, 02:01 PM
MN River Bottoms Wet Do Not Ride The rain hit Bloomington this time. Wet stretched and some puddles. ckovacic 05-25-2016, 01:30 PM
Murphy Hanrehan Damp Murphy received less than 1/2" of rain in a very short period of time last night. Expect damp spots ... painterX 05-26-2016, 01:38 PM
Salem Hills Wet Do Not Ride Lots of rain coming through. Not looking too good for weekend riding. StJoeStrummer 05-25-2016, 09:42 AM
Terrace Oaks Tacky The trail is a bit tacky but I'm sure after today it'll probably be dry. It's in good condition for ... Chrisjb 05-17-2016, 06:54 AM
Theodore Wirth Wet Do Not Ride More rain over night. please let the trails dry out. Greendog 05-26-2016, 09:27 AM

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 wicked perfect ride it epirius 05-15-2016, 07:11 PM

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 Wet Do Not Ride Standing water on the trail after morning rain. Please stay off for a couple days!! If st... natehakensak 05-25-2016, 12:35 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 Tacky Fantastic summer dirt! namdoogttam 05-03-2015, 06:00 AM
Piedmont Trail Wet Do Not Ride Closed with the recent rain. rudy 04-22-2016, 09:03 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 Closed Heavy rain over here. It will take a few good days to dry. Truman Purdy 05-26-2016, 07:36 AM
Woolly Trail Tacky O-p-e-n FatMisk 05-15-2016, 07:43 PM
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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