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Minnesota River Bottoms - Lyndale Ave to Bloomington Ferry Rd

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (15)

Mostly flat singletrack. Great for beginners and those looking for mileage and speed.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

Singletrack

722' 220 m

High

692' 211 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

57' 17 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

There are two trailheads for this trail: one at the end of Lyndale Ave. and one at Bloomington Ferry Rd.

From the Lyndale parking lot, head West from the boat launch and follow the gravel road about a quarter of a mile. You'll eventually see a singletrack trail on the left. Take that and it will snake between the river bank and the road, leading you to the main trail.

From the Bloomington Ferry Rd. parking lot, head East from the paved trail at the trail map sign. The trail begins as a downhill, gravel path and quickly narrows to singletrack.

The Minnesota River Bottoms trail mostly parallels the river, except for occasional splits. Most splits are ride arounds for features and most connect back up to the main trail. All of the trails are two way, so be cognizant and respectful of other cyclists, as well as other trail users, such as hikers, runners, and bird watchers.

While mostly flat, the pedaling on the trail isn't necessarily easy, due to the sandy conditions. A special feature of the trail is its dynamic character. The Minnesota River periodically floods, and when the water recedes, the trail takes on a new shape. Technical features such as skinnies and log overs come and go based on the river activity. Much of the trail flows over old sand bars which get fresh sand and silt with each flood. So the trail is ever changing.

The land on which the trail is located is actually managed by several organizations:
National Park Service -Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
nps.gov/miss/planyourvisit/…

National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
fws.gov/refuge/minnesota_va…

MN DNR - Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
dnr.state.mn.us/state_par..…

City of Bloominton
bloomingtonmn.gov/

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Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 15 votes

#6

in Burnsville

#1119

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#6

in Burnsville

#24

in Minnesota

#1,119

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Photos

9 Mile Creek log crossing.
Oct 26, 2015 near Savage, MN
Tree bridge over Nine Mile Creek. It's rideable if you dare.
Sep 5, 2014 near Savage, MN
Trail has frequent views of the Minnesota River.
Oct 1, 2014 near Savage, MN
Another view of the tree bridge.
Oct 1, 2014 near Savage, MN
Most of the rollers are natural sand bar deposits from flood waters.
Oct 1, 2014 near Savage, MN
Train swing bridge.
Oct 1, 2014 near Savage, MN

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Feb 20, 2021
Ahmad Nawaz
14mi — 2h 20m
Apr 9, 2020
Kt Ahmann
Started from the Bloomington Ferry parking lot and all three trails extending from that area were flooded and not crossable within a quarter mile!
Aug 25, 2019
Tracy Seelhammer
Sep 15, 2017
Pierce Wasmund
Aug 25, 2017
Matt Lennartson
Aug 5, 2017
Danika Hoffmann
Jul 31, 2017
Justin Formaneck
Jul 28, 2017
CV Daml