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Ferry Bridge to 9 Mile Creek

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An out-and-back singletrack ride along the Minnesota River from Ferry Bridge lot to the 9 Mile Creek crossing.


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10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

777' 237 m

High

706' 215 m

Low

721' 220 m

Up

721' 220 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a great out-and-back ride along the river that is currently in danger of being paved over!

Description

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Burnsville, MN

Shared By:

blue suede

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 8 votes

#2

in Burnsville

#1599

Overall
  4.4 from 8 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#2

in Burnsville

#16

in Minnesota

#1,599

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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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Jun 17, 2020
Mark Maes
May 13, 2020
Allen Caldwell
A lot of sand. Otherwise flat and fast. 10.2mi — 1h 36m
Aug 22, 2019
Colby Kubat
First time on this trail. Really nice ride!
May 26, 2019
Ginew Giizhigookwe
5h 13m
Aug 6, 2018
erik odland
2mi
Sep 2, 2017
blue suede
18mi