Bloomington Ferry Trail

Bloomington, Minnesota 55438

Bloomington Ferry Trail

Bloomington Ferry Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Long, challenging singletrack ride next to the river. Well-maintained trail that tests your handling skills and offers some of the best scenery in the valley. Tread: 12.8 miles dirt singletrack; 0.9 mile wide gravel trail."

Bloomington Ferry Trail Reviews

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8/8/2010
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.
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8/15/2008
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.
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6/5/2005
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.
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4/30/2002
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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10/25/2001
This trail has plenty of variety for the average mountain biker. It is generally quite fast, although there is plenty of climbing to challenge your fitness. One should use caution and courtesy, as the trail is also used by a lot of hikers and trail runners. The trail is not extremely technical, however because it does run along a river bank, there tends to be a camber to deal with, which can get annoying and is not typical of most "normal" mountain bike trails. Also, there are some sandy sections which pose some challenge. Overall, this is a fun ride for almost any rider, and the option of riding back on the trail gives it substantial distance without repeating the same loop over and over. Riding the opposite way definitely changes the flow. Go ride and have fun!
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1/1/2001
Probably one of the most popular trails in the city, and depending on when you go can get a bit crowded (traffic goes both direction)! The most enjoyable time to ride at the River Bottom I've found is earlier in the summer or as soon as things have dried up. Later in the year the vegetation tends to get a bit out of control making it very difficult to see oncoming riders. There is a fair amt. of itch weed - particulary later in the year. It's a relatively flat course and great for beginners as well as the more experienced. There are a few slightly technical parts (i.e. log crossings), but nothing to extreme. Overall, it's a great place to ride.
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8/11/2000
trail is right along the river, sometimes feels like you'll fall right in. the path gets pretty narrow for about 1 to 1-1/2 miles, w/a wall of weeds 6" high on either side of you; definitely hard to pass or go opposite directions. of all the times i've been there, i'm always the only girl. the most fun i had on this trail was the weekend after a huge storm last year. trees were down; you had to pick up your bike and throw it around a lot. a little bridge was out but conveniently a big tree fell across the creek. i tried to carry my bike while crossing the creek on the tree - doh! it didn't happen. i fell in; still have a few scars from last year. the mosquitos were very very thick so be prepared. there's about 1/2 mile of sand going uphill; that really sucks. the trail's mildly challenging but goes a long way (for being so close to the Cities) so it's pretty fun.
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7/1/2000
Definatley the best bang for your buck if you live in the Cities. It's free, and you can either go on the dirt track or on the paved track if you feel like an easy ride, altough once you're on the paved you're not biking along the river, but a highway. My brother took me on the trail some time in 2000, and I loved it. I would have rode through it during Autumn, but my ankle was broken, and that kind of limited my biking to a minimum for the most beautiful time of the season. Long story short, ride it, it kicks.
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Trail Information

Bloomington
Nearby City
13.7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
1.25 to 1.75 hours.
Duration
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 612-335-2323
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