Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saint Paul to Hastings MN

It doesn't show up on Google Maps, but I'm told it's possible to ride trail from St Paul to Hastings MN. From a local Facebook group:
... rode this trail from Hastings to West St Paul and other than a few hundred meters it was all trail. I think I rode a little gravel on pine bend trail. In fact once you get to Hastings there’s a trail that goes over the Highway 61 bridge and goes out to Prescott. There’s also a trail that goes south from Hastings over the Vermillion River and heads back West along the South side of the Vermillion River..
... The gravel gap in the trail is only 2 miles of very hard packed limestone and is passable by road bike. I've probably done it a dozen times.
The next big connection from Hastings will hopefully be the north to Afton. There is an abandoned RR grade along the river....
... the current trail ends near the beginning of Pine Bend Trail (which is a road, not a bike trail). You can take Pine Bend for a mile??? Maybe???? Both paved and gravel and then snag the trail again near the archery range at Spring Lake Park. It’s a pretty small gap and Pine Bend isn’t too traveled on anyways...
... Least favorite part of the trail is that in SSP/IGH you have to bike by a shooting range. Hearing the sounds of guns going off all around me does not make me feel calm.  I bike through there very quickly
From near Pine Bluff (44.7545486, -92.9801149) it's all trails to Hastings.

Another member shared their Strava map (125 miles - beyond me):

Another one:

By comparison here are the parts Google knows about:

There's a trail from the red marker at bottom to the heart icon in Hastings but Google doesn't know anything about the trails that tracks the green space to the east of 52.

I'm looking forward to doing this route and updating this guide.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Minnesota Inline Skate Club (MISC) trails page: Minneapolis and St Paul inline skating trails

The Minnesota Inline Skate Club site has been revised and republished. It's now relatively mobile friendly and uses https. The club is smaller than it was in the 90s, but there's generally a good turnout for the Monday social skates that usually start in May and end in October.

There's a new menu based Trails list. For example- here's the Rush Creek Regional Trail listing. It's a great resource for skaters and cyclists too.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Sunday Ride - Murphy Hanrahan (Murph)

Murph is a western metro trails system with a xc flavor.

Parking is by the trail head: 44.724184, -93.348320, 44°43'27.1"N 93°20'54.0"W.

Three Rivers publishes a trail map, and it's well represented in mtb project. Trail status is published on the MORC page and the Murphy Hanrahan MTB Facebook Page. MORC volunteers maintain it.

All the trails connect, so start on easy, go to intermediate, then do advanced.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sunday Ride - Makeout Point Minnesota

This Sunday ride ends at an illustrious local landmark. It travels along the Mississippi river and south st paul.

It's about 50 miles.

Some useful milestones for this ride:

901 Sibley Memorial Hwy
5 Harriet Island Blvd
240 Point Douglas Rd S
County Rd 18, 55119

Makeout Point
12085 Grey Cloud Trail S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

587 Verderosa Ave
565 Marie Ave W, Mendota Heights

UPDATE - notes after riding it

You can't get to Makeout Point by road! It's posted as a private road, no trespassing. I think from satellite map it may now be on private property. The public road ends by Camp Galilee.

Some routes are hard to find! This map uses quite a few park trails, sometimes worn and battered, sometimes hard to find. Google Bike Maps are great, but they don't distinguish trail rotes from road routes.

Our ride was 2,600 feet of climbing. Some of that was due to some navigation errors that turned short flat routes into long routes with big hills. Some of it is because on the way back from near Makeout Point we took MN 75 (Grey Cloud Island Drive) and it's hilly. Mostly though it was because the route I plotted Simon's Ravine Trailhead across West St Paul is really hilly.

There aren't a lot places to stop for food or fluids. Plan accordingly.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sunday ride: reverse northern loop and Minneapolis open streets event

This ride is a variant of an earlier ride, but it's run backwards so we end up at the July 21 Minneapolis Open Streets event on Lake and Minnehaha:


The ride starts by my garage and there are two segments:

Part 1 - Starts at (my garage) - 44°55'55.2"N 93°10’14.0”W
16 miles 2h allowing for urban paths, getting lost on occasion

Part 2: Starts at 45°03'16.0"N 93°18’42.4"W
22 miles, 2.5h
(but at E Lake St & Elliot Ave we follow open street path more or less depending on congestion)


Friday, June 28, 2019

Sunday Ride - road to Carver Lake Park, Mountain Biking, return

This Sunday ride combines a road ride with mountain biking and possibly including trials of some Pivot mountain bikes.

On June 30 Angry Catfish and Pivot Bikes are providing loaner bikes from 10am to 4pm at Carver Lake Park. So there's the option of riding a road bike to Caver and then borrowing a mountain bike. Carver is sometimes used as an introductory trail for someone new to mountain biking (trail riding really, we don't have mountains here).

I'll ride my mountain bike so I won't use up a trial bike, but if one is free I'll try it. Since I'm on my mountain bike I have an excuse for being slow.

The ride starts in St Paul's Mac Groveland neighborhood and looks something like this:

There's about 30 miles of road riding plus Carver trail biking. I think we can get lunch in South St Paul (Stockman's Truck stop) but bring some snack food and water.

There is a possible variation: if everyone is on mountain bike we could take a shorter route by doing the Battle Creek overlook trail down to the bottom of the creek, and then pickup the road and trail along highway 61.

On the way back we'll climb Ramsey Hill (much nicer than climbing Jefferson) or follow Tim around Cathedral to Summit.