Mountain Biking Twin Cities
by Steve Johnson (Falcon Guides)
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I had a good time, but would have had a better time if I'd gone later in the year after all the stinging nettles and thistle had been killed off. I like the twists and turns, and there aren't any hills that are too difficult to climb, except the last one going up to the Bloomington Ferry parking lot. There are a few sandy spots where one can get bogged down. Also, the floating platform has been replaced with a bridge.
This wasn't the most challanging trail but one of the most fun. A long semi-flat trail with some obsticles built in like log climbs, some little jumps and my favorite (but messy) the floating platform to get to the other side of the river. Fun stuff. It wasn't busy at all the friday afternoon I hit the trail.
I love this trail as it was my mountain biking playground. One of the best and worst things about the trail is the "EVIL FERRY OF DOOM" which is situated about 3/4 of the way in from the Ferry Road entrance....
It is plainly my nemesis, besides befowling one's hands with the mucky rope and making shorter riders get wet feet while attempting to embark and disembark in the dryer seasons, it also has more subtle hidden dangers. Some riders have gotten stuck in the middle in dryer seasons, some -cou-me-gh- have lost their bikes in the inlet by having the rope, which is attached to the ferry, pull the bike into the inlet as one is pulling it over to the other side. Yeah. fun. Beyond that, it is a fun ride. (the east side of 35W is better thought)
Just a thought, one the other bridges on the east side of 35W got washed away eariler this year. there is a makeshift walkway of washed up wood which you can used though.
LAST TIME I WAS HERE IT WAS STILL TOO MUDDY. BUT THIS TIME IT WAS GREAT. THE FERRY IS BACK IN AND WATER IS HIGH ENOUGH SO YOU CAN GET ACROSS WITH MORE THAT ONE PERSON ON RAFT. ONLY ONE BAD MUDDY SPOT BUT OTHERWISE PERFECT. MY SECOND FAVIORET TRAIL NEXT TO MILACA
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