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Itasca County Trail Conditions


Snowmobiling Trail Report

Herb Brandstrom, Scenic Park, Little Bear, Circle T, Circle L Trails:
1-16-19  Groomers are out today and tomorrow.  Trails are in good condition.  Logging is happening on the Circle L trail so be cautious.  (Swampsiders Snowmobile Club)
Tim Corey, Circle L & Bear Lake Trail: 
1-16-19  The east branch of the Bear Lake Trail, as well as the Little Bear Trail up to the Circle L, was groomed on 1/15/19.  The trail (from the western connection on the Taconite to the Circle T intersection) was groomed on 1/11/19. The northern and eastern portions of the trail were groomed on 1/15/19.  Trails are in good condition.    (DNR)
Bigfork Lions, Wilderness Willie Trail, Effie Connection, Marcell, Circle T, & Cameron Trails:
1-16-19  The groomer went out today (1-14-19) on the Cameron and Marcell North.  We Facebook rumor – we believe the Wilderness Willie got groomed today!!  Trails are in good condition  (Marcell Snowdrifters)
Taconite Trail:   
1-16-19  The start of the trail from Grand Rapids to Hwy 65 was groomed on 1/15/19. The section of trail between Hwy 65 and Hwy 73 was groomed on 1/14/19. Trail is in good condition.    (DNR)
Bearskin Trail, Wolftrack Trail, Cook Access Trail:
1-16-19  Good morning, folks! Just a friendly Wednesday update here – the Wolftrack, the Cook Spur, and the Bearskin have all been groomed again in the last few days. The Arrowhead trail from the Spur trail to the Taconite trail has improved in the last couple weeks. Please see the Mn DNR trail conditions on their website for the latest information. Trails are in good condition   (Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club)
Day Brook, Nashwauk, Lud Mandich, Delbert Brandstrom & Lawron Trails: 
1-16-19  Trails are getting groomed tonight!   Trails are in good condition  (Lawron Trail Riders)
Keystone, Diamond Lake, Dirty Mike’s & Hornet Spur Trails:  
1-16-2019 No report yet. (Itasca Snow Rangers) 
Greenway, Blackberry, Pelkey, Pengilly, Charter & Goodland Trails: 
1-16-19  Trails are getting groomed tonight!  Trails are in good condition  (Greenway Snowmobile Club)
Suomi & Clearwater Trail:  
1-16-2019  No updates as of today. (38’ers Snowmobile Club)
Itasca Drift Skippers
1-16-2019  Trails have been groomed as of Monday

Snowmobile Club Pages:

Swampsiders Snowmobile Club Facebook Page

Marcell Snowdrifters Facebook Page

Haypoint Jackpine Snowmobile Club Facebook Page

Lawron Trail Riders Snowmobile Club – Minnesota Facebook Page

Driftskipper Facebook Page

Greenway Snowmobile Club Facebook Page

Taconite Snowmobile Trail

Don’t forget that Snowmobile Safety Certification is required by law for residents born after December 31, 1976.  Click HERE for more information.

Snowmobiling Information

Skiing Trail Reports – For specific individual ski trails report, please visit:

1-4-19: Mt Itasca – The entire system has been groomed to perfection with set tracks, lots of them for the MSYL skiers on Sunday. Enjoy! Warm temps and refreeze will make for some fast skiing on the smooth surface. This morning there was just enough texture get an edge.

1-4-19: Wabana Trail has been groomed and trackset.  Due to the warm weather we were not able to trackset the Aspen loop and the River loop, however they are packed and groomed. Big Ridge next week.

1-4-19: Alder Pond has been groomed and Trackset.

1-3-19: Golden Aniversary – Met groomer, Tracy Foix, while I was skiing at Cowhorn. He was done grooming there by noon and heading to groom these trails this afternoon. Should be great skiing!

1-3-19: Legion Trail: Combed skate lane and set new track around entire trail. Believe it or not there are still a few spots with thin snow cover, three sections with large pines that don’t allow the snow to reach the trail. So a small amount of debris gets pulled up by the groomer. All that said, the trail is in great condition.

1-3-19: Forest History Center: groomed one side of trails for cross country skiing and the other side is for fat tire biking and snowshoeing.

1-2-19 Sugar Hills: Some parts are great, some parts are soft, but all of it is gorgeous. There’s some drifting in certain areas. Last groomed on December 31st per the chalkboard outside warming house. Light bit of snow over most of the groomed trail.

1-1-19: Blueberry Trail (aka Robin Baker Trail) – Packed/combed from Chasewood P-lot to Red Pine Jct to include: Lake Loop, Prelude (outer and inner trails), Skate and Classic trails near Red Pine Jct and Judy’s Hill to Lower Jct. No track set, firming up a good base for now. Trails are not terrible but grooves in the snow are common, use caution. Tower end has been packed only, not combed or groomed yet.


Updated trail conditions will be posted on and

For More information about Mount Itasca contact them at (218) 326-1313 or follow them on Facebook

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: 

Skiing Information


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From ride planning to managing your vehicles, we provide you with the tools to plan your next adventure!

From ride planning to managing your vehicles, we provide you with the tools to plan your next adventure!


ATV Trail Reports

Spring, Summer and Fall is a great time to be in the woods on the 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.