Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.
 
Where to Rollerski - Recommended Trails



Rochester City Trail map - Rollersking
The Rochester Park and Recreation Department has a large map of all the city trails - these are excellent for rollersking.


Rollerskiing on the Douglas Trail (26 ml)

The Douglas trail is ~13 miles in length and goes from behind IBM to Pine Island, with a break at 4.5 miles in Douglas. It connects to the Rochester City Trail system at the trail head, allowing one to rollerski from downtown Rochester to Pine Island.


Trailhead (South end): Car-park off 

Valleyhigh Road (CR 4).

Trailhead (North end):

Pine Island City Park on CR 11.
Trail conditions : Excellent



Note: All major road crossings now have trail bridges crossing them.

The Douglas trail follows an old railroad line from Rochester to Pine Island crossing numerous small roads along the way. The section of trail from Rochester to Douglas was resurfaced a few years ago and is in relatively good condition. The first main section of the trail goes to Douglas (4.5 miles) where there are toilets and other amenities. The next section is from Douglas to Pine Island and is in excellent condition. Total distance = 13 ml one way. The trail is essentially flat and straight with only one minor climb near the beginning. There are multiple road crossings - most are quiet gravel roads.



Henry Walker and John Resman lead a small group of skiers on an easy rollerski on the Douglas trail.



Douglas - Mazappa - Pine Island - Douglas (33 ml)

Trailhead Douglas: Car-park at trail head in Douglas

Trail / road conditions : Fair to Excellent

This loop starts on CR 3 out of Douglas with one small hill before joining CR 12. Follow CR 12 to US 52. Cross over US 52 and take the next left into  Orinoco where CR 12 continues. Continue through Orinoco on CR 12 and head west for about 200 feet before turning north on CR 18. You then begin a long steep climb up out of Orinoco. This road becomes Wabasha CR 1. Just before Mazappa, turn left on CR 11 to head to Pine Island. this road has numerous long ascents and descents - all with good visibility and good run-out. Note: if you need food, continue on into Mazappa on CR 1 and then return to rejoin CR 11. At Pine Island, there are plenty of opportunities for rest and food / fluid. The last section is on the Douglas trail from Pine Island to Douglas and is flat - something you will be very grateful for after all those hills.


This is a 3-4 hour run, so bring plenty of fluid and money to stop for food / drink.



Bamber Valley - Pine Island (43 miles)

Starting at Bamber Valley school, head out along the Mayowood road and then onto the Salem road. Go past Salem Corner and head north to Byron. At Byron continue north on country road 5. Just out of town the road has a new hard shoulder making it great for roller skiing. This road goes past Oxbow park all the way into Pine Island. Return on the Douglas trail back into Rochester. Then connect onto the trail on West Circle drive to get back to the Salem road and Bamber Valley school.


Total distance is 43 miles (70 km). Allow over 4 hours on a hot day. Take nice rest stops in Byron and Pine Island. Route involves about 1000 feet of climbing - not much given the distance.





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