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The Farm

Average Rating:    (4.47 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

That trail pretty much kicked ass. They had the trail marked somewhat, craftily named as trail 1 and trail 2. I rode some of trail 1 and most, if not all, of trail 2. Trail 1 was pretty short, twisty and a bit muddy. It reminded me of some of the stuff at Wirth. Trail 2 was long, it probably took me 40 minutes to make the whole loop. It was a lot like Terrace, mostly flat and it just twisted up, down and around a ravine. The only problems I had were some of the sections were just unridable, at least at my level. When there were up hills, they were killer, I had to walk about 5 five of them. Maybe that was because they were still slimy from the rain, but I don't think I could have done it even if they were dry. It took me about 45 minutes to get down there, but it was well worth the drive. I'd do it again anytime.
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Latitude
44.83085651706706
Longitude
-93.60085487365723
Trail Directions
Take Hwy 169 or Hwy212 South to the hwy 41 intersection. Go right, through dntn Chaska, up the hill till you see a watertower for Johnathon on the right and an SA station on the opposite corner. Park in the SA lot(be sure to patronize for them allowing us to use thier lot!). Just across the street, you'll see a faint trail leading up a hill to a vacant lot.
Trail Length
10miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Chaska
   


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Review Date
October 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: magellan317 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is definitely a great trail. It has short steep technical climbs and decents, along with some fast open flow. All together the trail is only about 5 miles, if you manage to hit it all. After moving up to Chaska from Red Wing, this trail(along with Mammoth) has become my playground. I highly recommend having a guide the first time you ride it. I would be happy to lead! You have to ride it soon though, because they have already started construction on the new Hwy 312 which will run right through it, cutting it down to about 3 disconnected miles of trail. Definitely hit up Mammoth trail (about 14 miles of single track) which is less than a mile away. It is another great trail with some similar FARM feel and once again I recommend a guide.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mammoth (Farm II)



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Review Date
July 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jung4g ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I hit this on a hot day and that was a bad idea. the trails go up and down over and over. Not for a freeride or dh bike at all. Buggy, muggy, and muddy.

Super technical and would be a great for an agile xc bike, just bring water and get used to the conditions before you die.



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Review Date
July 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: grivosan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As others have mentioned it is very physically demanding and will hone your skills by riding this trail system. I got lost on trail 2 as it came to an end at a culvert and gravel trails. Perhaps the suburbs are moving in on the farm. Or maybe I just lost the trail. Great obstacles are placed on the trails.

If you're in a pinch for parking and the SA is kind of busy, use the lot at the Super Target in the commuter area and ride back a 1/4 mile to the trailhead. There's also a city park with limited parking nearby.

Recommended Route:
Hell, I don't know. Just get back there and be alert to the trail conditions. Changes occur very rapidly.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know any others down in the SW metro.



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Review Date
June 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Chanhassen, MN

Summary:
The Farm is the most technical, and most fun riding I've done anywhere in Minnesota. This trail, if practiced, will help tremendously in any racing or riding. As you enter the place, make sure that you go left at the "Y". Be prepared for the jump at the bottom of the hill by aligning yourself directly in the center of the jump. There is no need to do anything else, because this jump is smooooooth. The adrenaline it creates definitely sets you up for the whole ride. as you follow the singletrack, be sure to head across the field (this will be 5 minutes into the ride, and obvious). The rest of the trail speaks for itself. A huge pointer is to keep your momentum throughout the whole ride...If you fall or slow down, it will prove very hard to get across many of the obstacles. ENJOY!!!

Recommended Route:
There is only one loop. For a small treat, look for some of the short trails running parallel to the gravel path; it's all short and sweet.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Secrets, Secrets are no fun...but then again, these secrets could hurt someone. SORRY!



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Review Date
June 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Bill , from Wisconsin

Summary:
Hats off to the people who built & maintain this trail. They deserve an award. It is so fun you don't even notice your heart rate is close to maxing out. I have been riding for about 18 years, Iv'e ridden out East, out West and all over the Midwest. This is some of the best singletrack I have ever had the pleasure of riding. I travel to this area for work several times a year, I always look forward to riding this trail.
This is a great set of trials!
I think we may loose this trail in a few years. This is land that has been set aside for the continuation of Hwy 62 sometime like 2007. Enjoy it while we can.
If I could take this opportunity to make a suggestion to all MTBers. Try not to skid. It ruins the trail. Think of it this way; the better you are at ridding your bike the less you should have to skid your tires. O.K. I'll get off my soap box.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Terrace Oaks



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