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This is where you will find information about various projects relevant to the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

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  • 08/02/2018 6:07 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    The Parks and Trails Council of MN (a 501 c3 non profit group supporting parks and trails throughout Minnesota) is undertaking another survey of the condition of MN State Trails. Having a comprehensive understanding of the condition of Minnesota State Trails is essential to the goal of ensuring trails are maintained and vital new trail connections continue to the built.


    They have an e-bike with some fancy electronics and cameras on board. Smile if you see it !

    More information at https://www.parksandtrails.org/news/researchbike-adventure-underway/


  • 07/24/2018 1:59 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)


    E Bikes and Electric scooters have been in the news around the Twin Cities recently. There are some fundamental differences in their design, function and the rules that apply to them for use in public areas.


    E-Bikes are allowed on the Gateway and Brown's Creek trail if they meet the requirements of the MN Statutes 169.011 subdivision 27  (< 1000W motor, fully operating pedals for pedal assist, limited to 20 mph) . More details at: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/other_trail_uses.html


    Electric scooters typically do NOT meet the requirements of the MN Statute  169.011 subdivision 27 because of one or more of the following conditions : 1) motors > 1000W, 2) lack of pedals for pedal assist, and 3) lack of 20 mph speed limiting) . Electric scooters that do not meet the requirements above should not be used on the Gateway and Brown's Creek trails .


    Segways (2 wheeled non tandem personal assistive mobility devices) have their own set of rules Minnesota Statutes 169.011 Subdivision 26 . They are allowed on the Gateway Brown's Creek Trail.

    More details at : https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/other_trail_uses.html


    In general E bikes and E scooter regulations vary widely across the USA and other countries.  Regulations are still being formulated in many places. Before considering a purchase or a rental it is recommended that you understand fully what laws will apply to your use in each location you plan to use one of these devices. 


    Remember whatever your mode of travel , practice good trail etiquette and everyone will enjoy the day on the trail.

  • 07/16/2018 5:09 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    For those wanting to extend their Brown's Creek trail experience to the S of Stillwater along the 'paved' bike path along the river South  to the new St Croix bridge and beyond:



    The bad news : The trail is closed because of flooding and construction from about 200 yards S of the Dock Cafe/Nelson Street. It is passable (rough dirt ) to the Oasis Cafe . Then to proceed S you need to ride on the very busy and "narrow to zero" shoulder of hwy 95 to the Sunnyside marina turning where the paved trail restarts on the E side of hwy 95. Coming N there is a better shoulder on the E side of hwy 95 until parked cars line the road .


    The good news:  

    A new paved trail right next to hwy 95 on E side (so should be no flooding issues) is under construction from the Oasis Cafe to Sunny Side marina turning. According to construction crew blacktopping is schedule for Aug 24th (.UPDATE (8-2-2018) Blacktopping is done. Crews are doing some finishing work (retaining walls, grading etc). Trail is passable if construction crews are not actively working on it.

        On the Wisconsin side the trail head on the E side of Houlton has a very nice new parking lot and a building under construction so the Houlton - Stillwater loop is starting to take shape ..


    So this Brown's Creek link trail route is a work in progress.  This is based upon my bike tour today July 16th and 1 update of Aug 2nd

  • 05/12/2018 7:52 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A very nice article about Bluebirds along the Gateway Trail and the efforts of some key Gateway Browns Creek Trail Association members is here at the Press Publications . Thank you Dennis and the Holy Rollers bike group !

  • 05/10/2018 4:56 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    MN Parks and Trails Council and the DNR have released their state trail survey based upon information gathered in 2017 . It was estimated that bikers and walkers travelled over 2,500,000 miles on the Gateway and Brown's Creek trail in the period April - November 2017 with over 500 users per day on average in the summer.  The full report can be found here. It is interesting reading and confirms what we all know that the Gateway Browns Creek trail system is enjoyed by many. 

  • 12/06/2017 8:29 PM | Joan Kahle-Berger (Administrator)

    The DNR will plow the Gateway Trail from University Ave. in St. Paul to Jamaca Avenue in the City of Grant.  There will be no plowing or maintenance on the Gateway from Jamaca to Pine Point Park. The City of Stillwater will plow the Brown's Creek Trail from Brown's Creek Park to Stillwater.  A reminder that on the unplowed areas  you should respect ski tracking if you are walking or riding horses on the trails.


  • 12/05/2016 12:50 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    As of December 1st, 2016,  the Gateway Trail is now opened to the St. Paul Capitol area.  The DNR still has some things to finish, so the official opening will be later but the trail can be used.

  • 06/30/2016 2:54 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    Trail users on the Gateway Trail have reported that tickets are being given for improper parking. The two areas that you should pay  particular attention to are at the Jamaca and Jeffrey area where there are only about 6 DNR owned parking spaces adjoining the trail The other area is the side road at the Hwy 96 parking area.  Other nearby parking would be along Hwy 12 at the tunnel and either at Hadley or Browns Creek Park. Don't get a ticket that spoils your ride!

  • 03/13/2016 6:02 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    A subversive act? How to appreciate a walk in the middle of the workday
    Bob Timmons, Star Tribune

    It was a late-February day, in early afternoon, the sky thick and gray, mustering what light it could. And it was cool, made cooler by a dampness that raised the notion of spring but made me second-guess my decision to leave my gloves behind.

    Still, it was a good day to be outdoors. It was a good day to simply walk.

    At midday on a Wednesday, the act bordered on the subversive in the face of modern life’s frenetic pace and even the other recreational possibilities (I wasn’t fat biking or snowshoeing or running). Before me was an opportunity to detach for a brief time at nature’s pace and bidding. At the trailhead I emptied my mind of to-do lists and thoughts of what awaited me afterward, pointed myself southward, and just walked.

    I set foot on the Gateway State Trail, in Grant — new for me, in the sense that for years I’ve only really ever known the state trail by wheel or on the run, its woods and wetlands, its occasional hobby farm and horse trails, always rushing past in the periphery.

    Before long, the white noise of traffic dissipated. In the solace and quiet, my mind opened to the moments at hand. I picked up the hint of wind that rustled winter’s holdovers on the oak trees. Then, a large red-tailed hawk sliced overhead, perhaps looking for nest materials. And what of that chickadee that flew up to me oh, so close?

    All along, there were hundreds of tracks in what remained of the snow, less solid by the day. Some human, some animal, the tracks stepped this way and that. Fallen leaves made their own impressions, too, like elfen snowshoes had set down. More curious were the tracks on the gray ice of ponds in mid-thaw. Some of the imprints were unrecognizable, or stopped at center ice, or disappeared on a distant shore. There was some story there it seemed. Who or what made some of those? No doubt the answers come at night.

    At one of the larger ponds, I followed surface tracks that led up to their owners standing over their tip-ups, no doubt also finding their freedom just like me.

    I happened by other walkers, some solo, some in groups walking with a purpose. Regulars at the state’s parks and points on the North Shore, Mike Fuerst and Eileen Kellen were out there, too, but clearly heard a different call. The retired couple from St. Paul stopped, studied, photographed. They looked deeply.

    “You never know what you are going to see, and that is the exciting part,” said Minnesota state park naturalist Linda Radimecky, who leads midweek trail walks that include the Gateway. “If  you are walking, you do see things that you don’t see on your bike, you don’t see while you are running. … There are mysteries.”

    The human encounters, too, shouldn’t be overlooked. “There is a camaraderie among strangers. People show up, and the common goal is to walk and see what’s out there. By the end, you end up chatting with people and having a great time.”

    Back on the trail, the occasional power line or highway overpass encroached on my outing, but I felt more detached from the modern world with each step, each bird call, each whisper of red oak leaves in the breeze. The Gateway’s natural world had contained me but for a few hours in nature’s clarifying way that opens us to the bigger reality at work — and our truer selves.

    It was a good day to simply walk.

     

    Bob Timmons • 612-673-7899

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  • 07/03/2015 8:01 PM | GBCTA (Administrator)

    MN Trails magazine recently featured an article covering the grand opening of the Brown's Creek State Trail. The article also features a number of great photos from the grand opening. View the entire article here and enjoy the photo gallery here!

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