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Minnesota Weekly Winter Trails Update - March 10, 2016
 
 
 

 

 

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Some ski and snowmobile trails in northeastern Minnesota remain in fair to good spring condition. Please note that temperatures will rise significantly over the weekend, causing conditions to deteriorate rapidly. As always, please call ahead for the most current trail conditions before traveling.

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Northeast Region

International Falls

All ski and snowmobile trails running through Voyageurs National Park have been closed due to insufficient snow cover. All park ice roads have also been closed, and all stakes, signs, and warming huts will be removed from trails and lake surfaces by the end of this week.

Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail

In Cook County, just outside of Grand Marais up the Gunflint Trail, the Central Gunflint Trail ski trails are in fair to good spring condition. Area snowmobile trails remain ungroomed since it has been too warm for grooming. As of March 8, the trail base measured 6 inches overall, with 12-20 inches of snow in the woods. Riders should expect a few bare areas and patches of rocks around the mid Gunflint Trail.

Lutsen

From 8-22 inches of snow blankets the ground within Cascade River State Park. The ski trails are groomed, with a base measuring 6-16 inches. Conditions are reported to be fair to good. The snowmobile trails running through Cascade River State Park are also in decent shape, with a 4-8 inch base. Please note that these conditions were reported on March 7.

Silver Bay/Two Harbors

Tettegouche State Park is covered in 6-18 inches of snow. The ski trails are very soft and in poor condition. The snowmobile trails have a 4 inch base on average, however, there are quite a few bare spots.

Duluth/Grand Marais

From 4-22 inches of snow covers the ground along the C. J. Ramstad/North Shore State Snowmobile Trail. The trail from Finland to Grand Marais was groomed last night, March 9, and the final grooming run will take place tonight, March 10, from the Caribou Parking Lot in Cook County to Finland. The trail base measures 0-2 inches from Duluth to Finland, and 2-4 inches from Finland to Grand Marais -- conditions are poor to the south and fair to the north. Please note that trail conditions may deteriorate rapidly with the forecasted warm temperatures and heavy trail.  

Grand Rapids/Bigfork

While there is plenty of snow for die-hard cross-country skiers, grooming has ended for the season. Area snowmobile clubs have also stopped their grooming operations.

Northwest Region

Most trails in this region of the state are either in poor condition, or have been closed due to a lack of snow.

Central Region

Most trails in this region of the state are either in poor condition, or have been closed due to a lack of snow.

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan Vicinity

Most trails in this region of the state are either in poor condition, or have been closed due to a lack of snow.

Southern Region

Most trails in this region of the state are either in poor condition, or have been closed due to a lack of snow.

 

Explore Minnesota will report winter trail conditions each Thursday during the winter season, with updates as changes in conditions warrant. Information used to compile the Winter Trails Report is provided courtesy of the Minnesota DNR, Voyageurs National Park, the Three Rivers Park District, and communities throughout the state.

Please note that a Snowmobile State Trail sticker is required for all snowmobiles operating on state or grant-in-aid trails. All cross-country skiers on state park or forest ski trails, or on state or grant-in-aid trails, who are 16 years or older must have a Minnesota Ski Pass. For further information, contact the Department of Natural Resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-888-646-6367. To order cross-country ski passes and snowmobile trail stickers, dial 1-888-665-4236 or access the DNR Online License Sales web site. To locate a license center in Minnesota to purchase ski passes and snowmobile stickers, check out DNR License Agents.

 
 
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