Bicycling Magazine Minneapolis, MN: Sogn Valley Loop 

Roll through Minnesota farmland on a 27.5-mile loop pairing idyllic roads with speedy descents and race-worthy valley rollers.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 14 Aug 2008 6:02:14 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Minnesota (MN)
Distance: 27.62 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1820 ft
Total Loss: 1821 ft
Net Change: -2 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This clockwise loop begins at the Warsaw Town Hall building (30-miles south of Minneapolis/St. Paul) and heads north along County Highway 24. The route's first 8-miles are a downhill warm-up winding between cornfields and woodlands leading toward the town of Cannon Falls.

A brief climb skirts the southern edge of the city and the loop turns south at mile 10, descending into a heavily wooded valley. This descent marks the beginning of an uphill grind through wide-open fields and farms—this climb features in the annual Nature Valley Grand Prix, a state-wide, six-stage cycling race held each June. Cross County Highway 1 for a short, fun, valley dip near mile 17 before the route before turns west at County Highway 9 Blvd.

The route levels off until reaching the edge of Sogn Valley near mile 24. Stop to appreciate the view from the valley edge before speeding downhill into the tiny community of Sogn and gearing up for a mile-long climb. The last mile of the route is a flat, easy cool-down that leads back to the parking area at the Warsaw Town Hall.

- Mapped by Steve Johnson

TO TRAILHEAD: From Minneapolis, take I-94 E and merge onto US-52 heading south. In 8.6 miles exit onto Courthouse Blvd/US-52, continuing south for 28 miles through Cannon Falls taking a right turn onto County 14 Blvd. Four miles later, take another right onto County 9 and proceed 2.8 miles, through Sogn, to the Warsaw Town Hall.

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Minneapolis, MN: Sogn Valley Loop

Distance: 27.62 mi Points: 2136
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Warsaw Town Hall

Location: 44.406807, -92.978493
Begin your ride at the Warsaw Town Hall, a community center on County Highway 9. © Steve Johnson

Warm Up

Location: 44.457310, -92.954636
The route's fist 8 miles are a scenic, mostly downhill warm-up.

Descent

Location: 44.491608, -92.885284
On this first descent after Cannon Falls, prepare for the grinding climbs to follow. © Steve Johnson

Climbs

Location: 44.486218, -92.882881
A series of long, grinding climbs begins here.

Shallow Valley

Location: 44.426914, -92.811470
This fun mile-long descent into a shallow valley is followed by a 150-foot climb.

US-52 Crossing

Location: 44.399448, -92.843742
Use caution at this highway crossing, there is no traffic signal indicating right-of-way.

Farmstead

Location: 44.399357, -92.881210
The route rolls through idyllic farmland south of Minneapolis. © Steve Johnson

Sogn Valley

Location: 44.402821, -92.916443
The smooth descent into the Sogn Valley in the foreground and the exiting climb in the distance. From the valley edge you can see the descent into--and the climb out of--the Sogn. © Steve Johnson

The Sogn Valley Hill

Location: 44.406807, -92.936783
The route's final climb is 1 mile at an 8-9% grade.

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