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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 Dry Trail in great condition tonight. Completely dry. Thanks works for trimming the grass/brush. Downed... LCW 06-23-2016, 09:36 PM
Monticello Dry Trail is mostly dry. Riding through now to clear anything that fell on the trail. Count 06-26-2016, 09:58 AM
Carver Lake Tacky Trail is tacky to dry. The rain last night just knocked down the dust. Get out and ride! jhleech 06-26-2016, 06:54 AM
Cottage Grove Bike Park Dry The rain missed us! The park is dry and open! Beautiful Minnesota morning out here! Come and get som... cglasford 06-26-2016, 08:53 AM
Elm Creek Tacky Tacky and dry. Pretty mint out there right now, aside from the faceslappers and the tall stuff creep... cadaverbones 06-23-2016, 05:45 PM
Hillside Park Tacky Tacky I'm gonna assume...if anyone rides tonight or tomorrow morning please update this post. holasekfamily 06-26-2016, 06:16 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 Tacky ... bigwheel 06-24-2016, 07:31 AM
MN River Bottoms Dry Dry but... flooded. Between the Cedar bridge and the 494 bridge the river is over the bank by about ... tc3 06-24-2016, 11:58 AM
Murphy Hanrehan Dry Trail is dry with a few tacky spots. We trimmed the Expert loop up to 64. painterX 06-23-2016, 08:30 PM
Salem Hills Wet Do Not Ride Let's give the trail a break today. If the sun and wind continues, then tomorrow should be a go. Shawno 05-29-2016, 10:15 AM
Terrace Oaks Tacky I rode yesterday. There's some sand in the usual spots after the kind of rain we had. A couple of tr... Chrisjb 06-22-2016, 07:06 AM
Theodore Wirth Dry Theo appears to have missed any rain from the storm last night. There was a ton of wind though so if... SIM 06-26-2016, 03:47 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 Dry Trails are in great shape right now. We may get some rain tonight, but things should dry out again b... Rich Mahogany 06-22-2016, 11:59 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 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 Tacky Trails are in great condition! Truman Purdy 06-18-2016, 05:20 AM
Woolly Trail Closed Too much rain. Trails closed until further notice FatMisk 06-13-2016, 06:38 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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