The following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Terrace Oaks

There is also a playground at the trail head that the kids always stop at

Terrace Oaks MTB trail in Burnsville, is the first real single track built in the Twin Cities. Going off of memory, two guys both named Scott built it in the early ninties. I belive it was a sort of renegade trail and later had signs put in making it legit. At the time this was the only true single track through the trees, up and over hills that we had to ride. The river bottoms to the north were also single track but that was kind of different with all the sand and it was made by people just walking it. The river bottom trial also cut through a chunk of Issac Walton League land, and they were not happy with this, threatening to close it to bikes. I remember seeing hand written signs with nasty comments on them, posted on the trees. This all went away and the river bottom trail still remains one of my favorite. Terrace Oaks still remains virtually the same as is was 20 years ago. I don't believe a lot of people ride it since it's close to Murphy Hanrehan and Lebanon Hills and it's short (3 miles ++). On the other hand this is the place I take my kids, we can ride there from home and the trail is not too long. They can do one lap or several and not have to commit to a ride that will turn them off to MTB riding. It's cool to think they are "cutting their teeth" on the very same trail I did 20 years ago.    

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