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Offline Solstice49

Route from Minneapolis Internaitonal Airport
« on: January 22, 2013, 08:15:26 pm »
Wondering how the route is out of the Twin Cities heading East toward Osceola?  Is there alot of traffic to deal with or are there bike trails available?  Planning trip in July 2013 :D

Offline Bclayden

Re: Route from Minneapolis Internaitonal Airport
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 11:10:38 pm »
There are bike paths and a rail-to-trails route nearly the whole way..once you navigate your way out of MSP.  See Google Maps Bike tab for more info.  I love riding this part of the country in summer.

Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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Re: Route from Minneapolis Internaitonal Airport
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 11:20:59 am »
From the airport, you can either head south into Ft. Snelling State Park, go through the park on the bike/hike trail and come out in Minnehaha Regional Park, cross the Mississippi on Ford Parkway and work your way from there, or (Best route) cross on the Hwy. 5 bridge, get on the Shepard Parkway bike trail which will take you all the way into downtown St. Paul. Get on the Bruce Vento Trail to the Gateway State Trail, and just keep going. At the current northern end of the Gateway at Pine Point Park, take the county roads to to the north/east. They are adding on to the Gateway, and it will eventually go past the Osceola crossing, all the way to Taylor's Falls, but I think that won't be done until 2014. Traffic on MN Hwy. 95, which parallels the St. Croix River can be moderate to heavy, particularly on summer weekends. Either way, the Gateway Trail is your best bet for the 24 miles from St. Paul to Pine Point. Expect plenty of bike, skate and hiker traffic on the trail in the summer, but no motorized.

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Offline Fred Hiltz

Re: Route from Minneapolis Internaitonal Airport
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 05:06:37 pm »
Wondering how the route is out of the Twin Cities heading East toward Osceola?  Is there alot of traffic to deal with or are there bike trails available?  Planning trip in July 2013 :D
As you see, it can be done on trails and a few residential sections. If you would like the full benefit of Adventure Cycling's mapped and documented route, get Section 6 of the Northern Tier, where it is the Minneapolis/St. Paul Spur.