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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, 05:16 PM
Battle Creek Closed Closed Nov 7th through the 9th due to the special permit deer hunt. http://www.morcmtb.org/for... Pandl 11-07-2016, 09:13 AM
Monticello Closed Trail is officially closed until we either get enough days below freezing to firm up the trail, or a... Count 02-20-2017, 08:23 AM
Carver Lake Closed Due to temperatures above freezing, and a forecast for continued warmth, the trail has been closed. ... jhleech 02-10-2017, 12:45 PM
Cottage Grove Bike Park Closed ... cglasford 11-21-2016, 07:52 AM
Elm Creek Closed Elm Creek Singletrack is closed due to thawing conditions JayT 02-10-2017, 11:23 AM
Hillside Park Closed Closed due to thaw holasekfamily 02-10-2017, 02:26 PM
Lake Rebecca Closed Lake Rebecca Singletrack is closed due to thawing conditions JayT 02-10-2017, 11:23 AM
Lebanon Hills Closed Closed due to icy conditions. I was right yesterday that it was not bikers actions that prompted th... dave t 02-13-2017, 03:30 PM
MN River Bottoms Melting Do Not Ride Temps will be above freezing this weekend so please stay off the trail(s) in these conditions. Melti... dennis porter 02-10-2017, 09:24 AM
Murphy Hanrehan Closed Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack is closed due to the warm forecast and thawing conditions. JayT 02-10-2017, 09:23 AM
Salem Hills Icy ... Solorider 02-05-2017, 05:20 PM
Terrace Oaks Closed Terrace Oaks trail is closed for the season effective today, as usual. It generally reopens April 1... jeffgude 11-01-2016, 08:23 AM
Theodore Wirth Closed Don't let sunshine & warm temps (and the lack of snow in your front yard lure you onto the trails) t... SIM 02-16-2017, 02:42 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, 02:47 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, 06:31 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, 10:22 AM
Mt. Kato Tacky According to the website -- they are open for the season https://www.mountkato.com/mountain-bik... MuK 05-12-2015, 05:18 PM
Memorial Trail Needs Packing I assume that it needs packing. Easiest way up will most likely be Skyline Drive as that will have t... hockeynut 12-12-2016, 12:24 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 Tacky The trail is in great shape. Leaves were blown from eastern half this past week. wallybiker 09-28-2016, 09:07 PM
Jail Trail Dry Some sandy spots in the run off areas. Ride it like the high schoolers will this weekend! natehakensak 09-14-2016, 02:41 PM
Milaca Fat Tires ... fatbaldpop1 12-30-2016, 10:31 AM

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, 10:57 AM
Piedmont Trail Dry Yesterday's big statewide T-storms largely missed Duluth. Trails are still pretty dusty. namdoogttam 07-06-2016, 10:58 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 Packed ... calc 12-19-2016, 04:01 PM
Woolly Trail Closed Woolly trails are closed until winter returns, or spring arrives. monkeypaws 02-16-2017, 02:40 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, 07:22 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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