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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 Damp to tacky as of last night. The Luge has taken a beating, and has a large puddle in the middle,... Pandl 08-25-2016, 06:16 AM
Monticello Tacky Should be tacky in the woods and dry in the open areas, great riding conditions. Watch for sand in ... Count 08-25-2016, 08:13 AM
Carver Lake Damp Trail should be damp tonight, with several wet spots. The trail should be in much better shape for... jhleech 08-24-2016, 07:03 PM
Cottage Grove Bike Park Damp OPEN: Pump tracks and tot track are back open and the small pump track has been buffed back out and ... cglasford 08-24-2016, 07:51 PM
Elm Creek Tacky The gates are open and the trail is in good shape for tonight's race. Registration opens at 5:30 and... isaac 08-24-2016, 02:34 PM
Hillside Park Tacky Tacky holasekfamily 08-26-2016, 09:36 AM
Lake Rebecca Tacky Nearly 14 miles of the sweetest, most scenic singletrack trail you'll find without a drive out of to... isaac 08-25-2016, 09:34 AM
Lebanon Hills Tacky Trail is drying nicely. Almost all tacky with only a couple small wet spots. Somebody must have g... bigwheel 08-25-2016, 08:17 PM
MN River Bottoms Tacky The trail east of the Lyndale trail-head was pretty dry except for a few spots of mud. Dmakayev 08-26-2016, 05:31 AM
Murphy Hanrehan Tacky Doesn't get much better than this. :cool: painterX 08-25-2016, 09:02 PM
Salem Hills Tacky There might be a few of the usual puddles, but otherwise, it should be good to go. Shawno 08-05-2016, 07:15 AM
Terrace Oaks Tacky I rode this trail yesterday. It was mostly tacky with a few damp spots. mariav 08-26-2016, 09:42 AM
Theodore Wirth Tacky Get out and get some before the rains return.....which will likely be today. Weekend doesn't looks ... SIM 08-25-2016, 04:39 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 Damp With last night's rain it'll be a bit wet for a good chunk of the day, but by the late afternoon and... hockeynut 08-24-2016, 07:23 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 Tacky North Loop is good to go for now. Get out there today since Friday looks to be a rainy affair. Plu... natehakensak 06-02-2016, 06:28 AM
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 Closed Last nights storm hit River Falls pretty hard. Stay tuned for updates on trail opening. Truman Purdy 08-19-2016, 07:40 AM
Woolly Trail Tacky It's dry. Woolly is open. You should ride today. Happy Friday. FatMisk 08-26-2016, 08:14 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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