Itasca County Trail Conditions
Snowmobiling Trail Report
Snowmobile Club Pages:
Don’t forget that Snowmobile Safety Certification is required by law for residents born after December 31, 1976. Click HERE for more information.
Skiing Trail Reports – For specific individual ski trails report, please visit: http://www.northernlightsnordic.org/trail
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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Trail Condition Resources:
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.