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Itasca County Trail Conditions


Snowmobiling Trail Report

Trails are the BEST they have been in 10 years! #HeadNorth to Grand Rapids to enjoy the SNOW and TRAILS!
*Notice of a County timber sales:
  1. Daybrook  Snowmobile trail east of Buck Lake, south off of County Road 55.  It is starting up today for the next couple weeks.  It will cover about a mile of trail.  Please advise that extreme rider caution needs to be in place because the timber sale is right next to the trail, and they need to slow down in this area.  Our District Forester has placed 10 mph signs, Caution Logging Operation Ahead signs, etc.  The signs protect the rider and the logging operation. We tried to find a re-route for the trail but it wasn’t possible. 
  2. Nashwauk trail ½ mile south of Co Road 55, north of Twenty-four lake. This is located around Mile Marker 29.  This sale encompasses the trail.  The logger will be utilizing it for access.  Our District Forester has signed the trail with Caution Logging Operation Ahead, speed limit 10 mph signs, etc.  
Itasca Driftskippers, Cook Lake Trail, Splithand Spur, Smith Creek, Remer Trail, Sugar Lake Trail:
3-12-19: All trails are groomed. Trails in good conditions. Good base helped with recent rain.
Herb Brandstrom, Scenic Park, Little Bear, Circle T, Circle L Trails:
3-11-19  Trails were groomed and are in relatively good condition considering the rain we got this week. Logging is happening on the Circle L trail so be cautious – it is suggested to not even ride it!  (Swampsiders Snowmobile Club)
Tim Corey, Circle L & Bear Lake Trail: 
3-6-19  Tim Corey – The western section of the trail from the Taconite Trail up to the Circle T Trail was groomed on 2/24/2019. The northern sections was groomed on 2/25/2019. The eastern section was groomed on 2/25/2019. Watch for caution signs on the eastern section as water has been pushed up in spots and has created large ice patches. Be aware of logging activity in the area and watch for sections of the trail to be plowed. Please ride with caution and keep to the right. The DNR has been VERY good about getting out and grooming their trails twice a week.  Sometimes they don’t always update their website when trails are groomed.  Trails are in excellent condition.    (DNR)
Bigfork Lions, Wilderness Willie Trail, Effie Connection, Marcell, Circle T, & Cameron Trails:
3-12-19  Trails are in good condition considering rain. Will not be grooming due to rain.  (Marcell Snowdrifters)
Taconite Trail:   
Grand Rapids to Hwy 65 was groomed on 3/12/2019. The section from Hwy 65 to Hwy 73 was groomed on 3/9/2019. There is some logging activity around Hwy 65 and Stoney Brook shelter so please ride with caution and keep to the right. Due to the rains grooming will be suspended unless we receive a significant snow fall. Please ride with caution and keep to the right. (DNR)
Day Brook, Nashwauk, Lud Mandich, Delbert Brandstrom & Lawron Trails: 
3-12-19 With rain in the forecast for the next couple days, we will be holding off on grooming the trails. We will post a update to see how the trails hold up after the rain is done.
Keystone, Diamond Lake, Dirty Mike’s & Hornet Spur Trails:  
3-12-19 No report. (Itasca Snow Rangers) 
Greenway, Blackberry, Pelkey, Pengilly, Charter & Goodland Trails: 
3-12-19  No current updates. Trails are in good condition considering the rain.  (Greenway Snowmobile Club)
Suomi & Clearwater Trail: 

3/5/19 Clearwater Trail Completed,3/6/19  Suomi Trail Completed. Both trails in great shape for a ride.  With warm weather on the way we will have water issues on both trails. This could be last trip have to see what the future holds for temps.

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**CAUTION**Cowhorn Ski Trail:

Trails were groomed on 2/1/2019. The Boomer Blue section of the trail that starts at the parking lot off of Wendigo Road and is available for skiing and walking will be closed due to logging activity starting the weekend of February 9th. The parking lot off of Wendigo Road will also be closed. The trails from the Danson Road parking lot will remain open but ski with caution and watch for signs and possible equipment activity where the trails cross the Boomer Blue trail. MNDNR update 

Tuesday March 12, 2019

Trails were groomed Monday morning before the warm up and they were really nice this morning while still cool.

Tuesday March 12, 2019

Ten skiers floundered around on the ungroomed trail with 4 inches of wet sticky snow. Skate skiing was pretty awful except downhill in the track. Did all the loops and the snowball fight afterwards was great!

Monday March 11, 2019

All North Suomi trails groomed and track set after fresh snow. Again very heavy drifting on ridge above Doctor Lake and along Spruce Island Lake. Use caution near Spruce island lake. This is a very difficult area to get through with the groomer and the trail is very rough.

Monday March 11, 2019

Packed and set a shallow classic track for all but the old race trail. Classic should be ok, skating not so good. We received about 5″ Saturday night and the wind on Sunday created a lot of drifting. With the warm forecast this week, we will not groom again until Saturday.

Sunday March 10, 2019

Set track on Amen lake trails, including south Suomi. About 5 inches of fresh snow.

Friday March 8, 2019

Very good skiing. It appears the track has not been groomed since March 1 (the last report). However, skiing is still very good due to use by skiers. There are a few areas where drifting has blown over the tracks, but this is only in the few open areas. The snow itself is still fabulous.

Friday March 8, 2019

Trails closed. Logging now on front loop. Browse might be good for moose! 🙂 Signs have been posted closed! Thanks to the county for providing notice.

Thursday March 7, 2019

Skiers have been skiing in the tracks this past week so all is great! Last few inches of snow covered most of blown debris from pine overstory. Evidence of deer kill at intersection of Main Loop and Aspen Loop.

Thursday March 7, 2019

Trail freshly groomed today. Conditions are outstanding all around. Lots of deer and other wildlife around. Hats off to the City of Cohasset for keeping this trail in top condition all year!

Wednesday March 6, 2019

County groomer packed drifts and tracked this trail through hardwood forests. Some logging last year left openings that caused drifts.

Friday March 1, 2019

Pulled out broken down snowmobile from north Trout. Picked up groomer and set track from north Trout back to south Trout parking lot. Track in good condition with snow falling.

Friday February 22, 2019

Groomed and tracked Friday. Great conditions. Skied again today on fresh dusting of snow, very good skiing. Put down your snow shovel and ski!

Thursday February 21, 2019

Groomed tails after at least 4 inches of new snow that fell Wednesday. Set track on Prelude and Lake Loops. Looked nice.

Tuesday February 12, 2019

Trails are packed, but not tracked until after the Fat Forest Fourteen fat bike race on Saturday on the Forest History Center trails. Regular grooming to commence after the race.

Saturday February 9, 2019

Trail to Fire Tower packed and tracked plus loops near the lodge and down to the lake. EOWSKI MYSL skiers and parents had a great ski adventure!

Friday February 8, 2019
Boomer Blue will be plowed open so NO access to Cowhorn trails from Wendigo Road. Use south access off Danson Road or ski elsewhere. Logging will begin in a few weeks and roads will intersect groomed Cowhorn ski trails and one section of loop 1 will be closed.
A ski pass is required on Mt Itasca trails and the Great MN Ski Pass is required on all Itasca County Ski Trails.  Membership information to the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club is available by calling 218-326-1313 or email: 
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ATV Trail Reports

Spring, Summer and Fall is a great time to be in the woods on the designated forest trails. You can ride ATV in the City of Grand Rapids and Itasca County area has opened up all county roads (except the road into Scenic State Park). This makes it convenient to connect to the grant and aid wooded trails and state trail systems. The city of Grand Rapids has also opened their roads (except the central downtown business district) to ride to access lodging, restaurants, retail and bars/grills. As the trails open this season, we will keep you up to date below:

Safety training is recommended for everyone who operates an OHV. It is required for ATV riders born after July 1, 1987, and OHM riders under the age of 16. Click HERE for more information.

Itasca County ATV Trail OPEN/CLOSE Dates:

Alborn/Pengilly- OPENS: April 1st, CLOSES November 30th

Alvwood/Squaw Lake- OPENS May 2nd, CLOSES March 15th

Bigfork/Balsam- OPENS May 15th-30th, CLOSES November 1st

Little Moose-OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st

Balsam-OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st

Northwoods/Goodland-OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st

Northwoods/UPM/Blandin – OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st

Thistledew – OPENS April 1st, CLOSES November 30th

SOO Line – OPENS April 1st, CLOSES November 1st

Click HERE for Minnesota DNR ATV/OHV trail dates.