Minnesota River Trail - TRAIL

Minnesota River Trail - Trail, Bloomington, Minnesota

Minnesota River Valley Flood plain. 12 miles of singletrack on Flat terrain with many log ride-overs and some moderate technicial sections. Lots of twisting and turning thru the trees.

User Reviews (40)

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Ryan Berg   Weekend Warrior [May 27, 2007]

Good trail, but if you drive on 106th street watch your speed the cops are everyware.

Customer Service

All. Go fast it's more fun.

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5
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Gnat5680   Weekend Warrior [Mar 12, 2006]

The trail i have be told is about 25 miles long and at the lydale trail head it can go to ways. To the right and it will be winding and bumpy with a raft going across the nine mile creek coming out at a ped bridge over by dred scott playing field. if you continue it will have a decent into a double track and it will be a little windy. i only got 1/2 have mile in on dred scott entrance but it was still fun. now if you go to the left at lyndale ive been told it is a good climbing area with a few bumps and alot of decents. i will know more when my new bike is ready. i hope to get out when it all drys up and do the whole thing but for now im am left to day dream. it is the only trail i have been on but i like it and can't to go up to lutsen and get more technical.

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4
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2
thedude24   Weekend Warrior [Apr 20, 2005]

Mostly flat hard pack. Some logs and jumps, multiple routes to the same destination. It's a cool ride if you take it fast. Have to push yourself to keep the trail enjoyable. I take a digger almost everytime I go out, there are some sandy patches that you have to look out for. I have road tires on my MTB right now gettting ready for the Ironman this weekend. Gonna hit the trail up with em tonight if that tells ya anything.

Customer Service

I drop in on the west side down by the railroad tracks and take it down to the Fairy Bridge. When I get my nubbies back on I'll go check out what's past it.

Similar Products Used: Don't know, gotta go find some new ones.
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4
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2
crazybikert   Cross Country Rider [Apr 18, 2005]

This is a fun trail to ride. Great to bring less skilled riders along.Dont ride this trail if you are looking for a real technical trail. Pretty smooth and not too hilly. I thought the downhill sections to the east of the Lyndale parking lot was the best part of the system. Burmed corners are fun for everyone. These trails are more fun ridden fast, so shift into a higher gear and let 'er rip.

Customer Service

I would suggest an out and back to the east of the Lyndale parking lot. Ride all the trails that go off of the main trail. Makes for a good variety, and some more windy singletrack. Heading west from Lyndale is very flat and a wider trail. The ferry is a unique addition, but I found it added more of a hassle than fun. My suggestion, Build a small bridge across next to the ferry, and give people an option.

Similar Products Used: Lebanon Hills
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4
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2
Johnnie   [Oct 26, 1998]

This trail is excellent form of winter riding if the snow becomes hard packed.

Similar Products Used: Lebanon Hills
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1
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maTT   [Nov 01, 1998]

I ride from the Old Bloomington Ferry Bridge most of the time, because it is closest to my home. The trail is almost all wide singletack and for the most part, flat. It can be very challenging depending on how fast you want to ride it. I really like the Hilly section between 35W and Indian mounds school. The best part is this super steep and short descent. If your are riding twoard indian mounds from 35w, you will come to a poit in the trail where there will be a rocky double track uphill that veers off from the main trail. Ride this rocky section and follwit after it crests and it will turn ito the tricky descent that drops you out into a small trickle of running water that could be loosely interpreted as a creek. Turn right from there, riding through some tall grass and you will come back to the main trail.

Customer Service

There are a thousand different ways to ride this trail

Similar Products Used: Hyland Hills ski area is kind of close to the Ferry bridge end of the river trail.
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4
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Lars   [Nov 04, 1998]

West bound stay to the left before 35W. After ninemile creek crossing take the first inland trail to stay out of the sand pits then stay close to the river. After the railroad bridge look for the new inland route.
This trail is two way and can be very crowded.

Customer Service

I like to start at the Indian Mounds Elementary School and go west to the Old Bloomington Ferry bridge and Back. Just under 20 miles. Its a good trail to ride at night and it can be very fast.

Similar Products Used: Going east from 35W when the trail starts to go uphill take the spur back toward the river and go to the Cedar ave bridge. Cross the bridge and go east on the south shore of the river. Take it as far as Mendota heights where you can take the bridge over to Fort Snelling. From Cedar Ave east its a dirt road, but its still fun and makes for a long ride.
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3
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TIM B   [Nov 13, 1998]

I refer to this area as "The Playground" because for 100's of Minnesota riders that's what it is. For all skill levels this trail is fun, and it never looks exactly the same as the ride before. Many side trails and connecting trails can have you on Dirt for hours and smiling the whole way. East of Lyndale there is a hilly section for those who need to climb, otherwise it's FLAT! Also a fun trail to ride in the snow, it gets packed quickly after a snowfall and is rideable without studs, although if you got'em, use'em. TB

Customer Service

I recommend starting on the West end at the Bloomington Ferry Bridge, ride as far as you want, ride it back. (2-way trail, WATCH OUT for oncoming traffic)

Similar Products Used: Chainring Loop. West of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge take a dirt road down the hill on the Bloomington side, look for an entrance at the bottom of the hill on the right. 3 mi of super twisty technicial singletrack with Monster obsticles. Low gear low speed WAY fun, even if you're not a technician.
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Ben B   [Nov 17, 1998]

I have been on this trail (helped "build it") for 5 years or so (fortunate to live a rocks throw from the trail)This trail has offerings for most riders, as said, the trail can be what you make it. Be carefull of other riders as two way traffic is the norm, but ride as fast as you can, good workout and exciting...This trail changes every year as the river floods and creates new pathways each spring...great fun

Customer Service

Multiple entry points allow for a custom ride

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4
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pete   [Nov 21, 1998]

This trail is flat for the most part but quite twisty and technical on the Bloomington Ferry end. If you take it from the Chicago av entrance to the Ferry bridge its around 9 miles each way. Depending on river levels the trail can go underwater in the spring. Sand has not been a problem this year. The nine mile creek crossing can be trying at times depending on water level and traffic on the trail. If you enter at the picnic park off of Chicago av. you get a few rolling hills which can entertaining if you want to ride hard and fast. This section is around 2 miles long and ends at lyndale av. at the boat ramp where you connect with the flat trail.

Customer Service

There are multiple entrances to this trail. The two I use the most are the Picnic Park entrance off of Chicago av. and the Bloomington Ferry Bridge entrance off of Old Shakopee and Bloominton Ferry rd.

Similar Products Used: The best riding in Minnesota is in Lutsen mn. north of duluth. For a weekend trip this is by far the best time you can have in MN riding and is within 4 1/2 hrs of the metro area.
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