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Old 07-30-14, 05:29 PM   #1
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nice rides in Twin Cities ?

I am from southeast MN. We have the Lanesboro Trail System and the Cannon Valley Trail which are wonderful. We are looking for other scenic trails perhaps in the south metro area or Stillwater MN area. a 20-25 mile ride would be ideal. We ride hybrid bikes and would like to stay on trails. Anybody have any ideas? Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks
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The ride through Minnehaha Park through Fort Snelling and down to the Minnesota river valley and Crosby Farm Park would be one option that comes to mind. Mix of urban parks, historic sites, rides along wooded river sides.
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Is that part of the Grand Rounds Bike Trails? I have a "Minnesota Biking" book that talks a little about it. If you were coming from the south, either Highway 52 or 61, where would you get on the trail. Thanks
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The ride through Minnehaha Park through Fort Snelling and down to the Minnesota river valley and Crosby Farm Park would be one option that comes to mind. Mix of urban parks, historic sites, rides along wooded river sides.
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We ride hybrid bikes and would like to stay on trails.
That's unfortunate, because CR 21 (Stagecoach Tr/St Croix Tr) out of Stillwater is one of my favorite roads to ride on. It's very popular with cyclists. Lots of hills and lots of nature. Not much vehicle traffic either and what traffic there is is very used to seeing cyclists.
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If it's paved trails, we have the Dakota Trail from right off the lake in Wayzata about 30 miles to Mayer. It is a rails-to-trails path, going through Mound, past Lake Waconia, and then it to some farmlands. Not a loop though - it's out and back. There is a nice bistro in St. Bonnie, a little meat shop just off the trail in Mayer that has ice cream from buckets and of course meat and cheese.

We also have the gravel trail, Luce Line which is another rails-to-trails, just north of Wayzata and into Plymouth.
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Is that part of the Grand Rounds Bike Trails? I have a "Minnesota Biking" book that talks a little about it. If you were coming from the south, either Highway 52 or 61, where would you get on the trail. Thanks
I'm not sure. Highway 52 crosses farther East than I've ever ridden there, and I come from several miles north and west of there, entering into park trail system at Minnehaha Park, which could end up being your western end. If you're looking at a bike trail map like Google Maps or the Minnesota Cyclopath site Cyclopath Geowiki you could look for the Big River trail over in the more south eastern part of the Twin Cities. I last rode there this spring. For at least awhile all the low lying areas around the rivers and creeks were flooded after the heavy rains. I'd hope that's receded by now.
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Thanks for all the ideas. It seems a little weird driving to the Cities to go biking but I'm sure there are some nice trails. I look forward to riding on some of them.
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There is nothing weird about driving to Minneapolis to go biking. I drive all the way from Alaska to ride the trails. It's the most bike friendly city I've been to. I would second the Dakota trail recommendation. Outstandingly smooth asphalt, I don't know how they did it, and very scenic in a bucolic sort of way. The Root River trail is also worth a 3000 mile drive.
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