Where are the trails in the Fargo Moorhead Area?
We currently have two trails and are working on more. You can access their locations and conditions here.
It just rained, will the trails be rideable?
It depends on how much rain. Valley soil is extremely heavy and sticky when wet. If it's muddy, you'll be unable to ride. We ask that you adhere to our request that you stay off when it's like this. If it's accumulating on your tires, it's too wet. You'll have to alter your riding plans. You can link directly to trail conditions here.
How do I know where to go?
We do our best to sign and keep the trails clear, but it can be a challenge with weather and cross traffic in some areas. There's usually someone else on the trail who knows the lay of the land so don't hesitate to ask. We've found the mountain bikers to be a pretty friendly and helpful group of people.
Are the trails difficult?
This depends on your experience. We've heard many say no they are easy...others say it's hard. Mountain biking in general will be more challenging than riding on a paved trail. That's part of the fun. We find most of the trails can be ridden by everyone, but if there is a part that looks harder than what you are up for, there is NO shame in hiking the bike through it or taking the easier route. Better that than injury. Use your own judgement here. Mountain biking and hiking both generally have more risk associated with them than a walk on a paved trail. By using the trails you accept those risks and hold only yourself accountable.
Does the buddy system apply?
Yes, it's more fun that way. Besides, who else is going to verify your "SWEET JUMPS". You should always at a minimum let someone know where you are going. Usually there are others on the trails that could help in an unfortunate situation, but preventive communication goes a long ways in the event of an accident. Also carrying a phone with you isn't a bad idea. Just don't use it while pedaling.
I like to be a rebel and ride the trail backwards. Are you cool with that?
We'd prefer you didn't. It's for the safety of everyone on the trails. If for whatever reason you have to, YOU MUST YIELD to oncoming traffic.
What kind of bike do I need?
It needs to have a least one wheel. In all seriousness, you can ride a variety of bicycle types on the trails. A mountain bike (think tires with knobs) works best, but certainly other types can get you from point A to B. In all cases, it's important to inspect your bike before riding to make sure everything is in working order. This helps prevent injury and frustration. This is also your responsibility. If you are uncertain about something, have a mechanic at one of the local bike shops take a look at it.
Do I need a helmet?
Yep. Protect your noggin. We're not helmet police, but you really should wear one.
Can I hike or run on the trails?
For sure!!! They are not exclusive to just biking.
There is a branch on the trail, should I ride over it or pick it up?
We'd suggest taking five seconds and picking it up. Sometimes those sticks are vindictive and jump into your chain or wheel causing things to break or worse yet, injury. Do yourself and the next person a favor and kick it off the trail.
Who has the right of way on the trails?
Typically a cyclist will yield or pull over for a hiker. There's no perfect way to do it. We've found it's best to slow down and move slightly off the trail if you have oncoming traffic. When approaching another patron from behind, alert them and be patient. Give them a second to find an easy spot to pull over and let you around. If you like to wear headphones, it's your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings. Biggest thing is to keep your head up and be friendly. Everyone enjoys a friendly person. Crabbies not as much.
Can I bring my dog or iguana with?
We are an equal opportunity organization. We love pets! Most public park rules
require that the pet be leashed and the owner pick up the doo. Nothing worse than stepping in iguana doo (or if on a bike it tends to fling up onto the rider).
I see a shady thing going on...what do I do?
Call the authorities ASAP! 911. This is not something that happens, but it could.
I like to ride hard and need food when riding. Can I put the trash on the trail?
No. There are trash receptacles at the parks
Can I build my own trails?
If it's your property, have at it. If it's on public or park land, we need to follow the proper protocol and make sure we doing things in a professional and sustainable manner. Before making ANY new trail, you should contact us for discussion. Please do not blaze off a new trail without going through these crucially important steps. It's to protect you and us. We've worked very hard to bring trail access to the community. That said, we'll likely ask you to join our organization and we put a solid plan together and make sure we have the proper approvals so that it can be done in the right way. It'll save you and us from being viewed in a negative light by local municipal leadership and area citizens.
Can I modify the trail?
Maybe. If it's a big reroute or significant change, we ask that you work with us. If you are simply fixing a dirt berm or clearing debris, then we love seeing the proactive effort. We love initiative and that's how this whole thing started. We don't want to be dictators but we do want to be on the same page. So if you're questioning something or want bigger and better, just give us a shout. Let's come up with a good plan and make sure it's not too much and there are appropriate B-lines (easy route).
Can I complain about the trails?
Sure. Freedom of speech man! However if you do, we suggest you do it at a trail day and a bring pair of gloves and a shovel.
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