Nemadji Forest Trails Update

September 16, 2011

“Michael R” from the Twin Cities Dual Sport Yahoo! group recently posted an update on the trails in Nemadji that had been damaged by storms.  It was a great summary so I am reposting it here…

I just spent a week there.

It’s hit or miss on the closures. They are mining timber on the Continental Divide, and have ruined that one for scenic beauty.

The ATV trails North out of the big parking lot by the South Extension intersection still have many blowdowns, as does the single track there. I did not ride the Adventure Trail or Bald Eagle, but heard there are still blockages.

The small loop off Grouse Road was in bad shape, but still passable.

Bear Hunter was open, but completely washed out at the river north of Harlis Rd, and Harlis Rd is washed out as well and closed. You won’t be getting through without a trials bike, or building a jump and crossing Evel Knievel style.

Trails confirmed to be open:
Yellow Birch
Iron Gate
Iron Pipe
Gandy Dancer Bypass
Duquette Run
Willow River

The Straight Arrows(including myself) have been working on trails for the Moose Run next month, so I’m willing to bet that a lot of the single track in the Northeast has been cleared as well.

It was drier than I have seen in many seasons, so there was plenty of sand on the usual suspects and no bottomless mud holes. There were a lot of ruts from runoff, and a lot more exposed rocks than I have seen on the hillier trails. Plenty of trails open to keep you busy.

If you find trails blocked that I have not mentioned, please let me know and I’ll pass the word along to the crews.

Great group rides coming up!

September 16, 2011

Lots of great group rides coming up in the next few weeks.  I was planning to ride in the Iron Range this weekend, but my riding partner backed out and the BWCA fire has also put a damper on that plan.  Instead I am riding the southern loop of the TMAT tomorrow.  Whatever it takes get out and enjoy this great weather for riding!

Brainer Lakes Dual Sport Ride (THIS WEEKEND!)

Big Woods 200 in Wabeno WI

NorthwoodsSTOC 10/8

Park Rapids DS 10/1  : Look up Danomsp in the TC Dual Sport yahoo group ( A link anyone??)




Fire/Smoke Hazard in Northern MN this week

September 13, 2011

The fire at Pagami Creek is spreading.  If you are heading north for a ride this weekend be aware of this.  Some roads could be closed and air quality could be poor in some areas. Fire is not crossing TMAT trails at this time.

More info here.