Itasca County Trail Conditions
Snowmobiling Trail Report
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Skiing Trail Reports – For specific individual ski trails report, please visit: http://www.northernlightsnordic.org/trail
**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
Trails were groomed Monday morning before the warm up and they were really nice this morning while still cool.
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!
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.
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.
Set track on Amen lake trails, including south Suomi. About 5 inches of fresh snow.
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.
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.
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.
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!
County groomer packed drifts and tracked this trail through hardwood forests. Some logging last year left openings that caused drifts.
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.
Groomed and tracked Friday. Great conditions. Skied again today on fresh dusting of snow, very good skiing. Put down your snow shovel and ski!
Groomed tails after at least 4 inches of new snow that fell Wednesday. Set track on Prelude and Lake Loops. Looked nice.
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.
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!
Additional Trail Condition Resources:
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.