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Minnesota River Bottoms - Lyndale Ave to Bloomington Ferry Rd

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 37' 11 m
Descent: -49' -15 m
High: 720' 219 m
Low: 695' 212 m

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Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by matt pekuri

Mostly flat singletrack. Great for those looking for a mellow run.

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Features River/Creek

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. All of the trails are two way, so be cognizant and respectful of other runners, as well as other trail users, such as cyclists and bird watchers.

While mostly flat, the running 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. Certain features come and go based on the river activity. Much of the trail travels 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 has frequent views of the Minnesota River.
Jul 19, 2019 near Savage, MN
Train swing bridge.
Jul 19, 2019 near Savage, MN
Barge coming through on Minnesota River.
Jul 19, 2019 near Savage, MN

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