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Snake Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Mostly two-track and ATV trail that traverses 300 ft. high bluffs along Snake Creek Valley. Majority of trail is wooded with some open sections along edge of farmland at top of bluff. Long, moderately steep climbs will be encountered. Only technical obstacles are some washed out and rutted downhills and some loose rock ascents. Many scenic vistas of Snake Creek Valley.
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Latitude
44.33551356674424
Longitude
-91.97599411010742
Trail Directions
About 8 miles south of Wabasha on Hwy 61 are signs for "Snake Creek Recreation Trail". There is a dirt road turn-off (different turn-off if coming from south than from North). Follow until road turns to the right. Go straight instead on narrow dirt road. Follow this for 1/2 mile to parking area next to gate.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wabasha
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Shawn Polson , from Plainview Minnesota

Summary:
This is a 3.5 mile loop. From parking area go back to gravel road turn left. Ride down hill to gate on left. Go around gate start ride with a nice stream crossing. Climb hill for about 1/2 mile. Stay to the left. At top of hill turn left. Some nice downhill cruising for abour 1 mile. Watch trail carefully tends to be very weedy in summer. Trail passes through some nice stands of pine. Mainly two track the whole way. Another option: at main trail parking area go through gate veer to right. Go 100 yards to short downhill which goes to short climb. Ride along corn for 100 yards down another short hill. Trail gets very difficult to ffollow now due to lack of use, you will eventually come to steep climb that will take to top of hill where turn left to complete rest of loop. To get some mileage in I usually do 3 loops. This is a nice trail not real challenging. It would be nice if more people used it just so the trail could be a little more distingushable during the summer months. There is another trail just up the gravel road on the left, however, this trail is open to atv's. Consequently, the entire trail has been churned into sand.

Recommended Route:
When coming off hwy. 61 SOUTH OF WABASHA Go to north trail about 1 mile off highway on right hand side of gravel road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kruger Recreation Area 5 miles west on HWY. 81 2 miles south of Wabasha



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Review Date
April 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jim , from Twin Cities

Summary:
I like this ride as I spend a lot of time in Wabasha during the Summer. It is best to ride it in the morning before it turns into a zoo with horses and ATV's. Spring and Fall rides are by far better than balmy Summer days. There are big nasty horseflies that will swarm you as you are climbing the long hills. None of the hills are especially steep - but they take their toll by being long. Tons of wildlife can be seen in the spring morning rides - especially wild turkey. I like this ride because compared to the Twin Cities - there is not a crowd 24x7.

Recommended Route:
Riding the full loop is 10+ miles - but most people climb to the top and get confused as to where the trail goes. This just takes a few rides to figure out.



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Review Date
September 19, 1999

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jason Schumacher , from Burnsville, MN

Summary:
I thought this trail bit donkey! Nobody has ridden this trail at all. The grass was thick and took way to much effort to pedal. The trail had just been mowed too. It felt like you had to pedal on the downhills just to get some speed. There was no track. It was like biking in your backyard(if you have a lawn). The climbs are unreal and not worth it. Nothing is marked and it was way too short. There are no obstacles, no roots, no dips, no logs, no switchbacks, no fun.

Recommended Route:
off Hwy61

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This trail has a chance if more people rode it and there were more obstacles.



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Review Date
July 26, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dani , from Twin Cities

Summary:
This is a great trail with good variety. It is definitely more climbing than you typically find in Minnesota/Wisconsin with some long, grinding ascents from the bottom of the valley to the top. It is an easy to follow ATV trail with little chance of getting lost although I did go the opposite direction on the second half of the loop which was really no big deal. I rated this trail as "advanced" since it has climbs that are long and steep enough to spank someone who is an occasional rider. The descents are not real technical, but it is not recommended to go all out on the descents as there are loose and rutted sections. I rode this trail in the morning of a hot and balmy day. The valley was thick with fog but it was clear on top of the bluff. This made for some especially cool views and the feeling of being in a Costa Rican rainforest.

Recommended Route:
There is really only one loop here although there are cut-off points to shorten the ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are a bunch of other loops of similar terrain on the Minnesota side of the river that I have been meaning to ride such as:



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