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Winter Trail Reports for the Grand Rapids & Itasca County Area

Snowmobiling Trails

Grand Rapids Town Trails, South of Grand Rapids and to Remer Trails – groomed by Itasca Driftskippers Club    1-7-20: The through town trails are groomed and packed.

Avenue of Pines (Deer River, Squaw Lake, Max & Wirt area)– groomed by Squaw Lake Snowmobile Club: 1-4-20: groomed last night fresh 4 inches of snow ane comthis weekend should be a good weekend to ride. Trails in good condition.

Clearwater and Suomi Trails – groomed by 38er’s Snowmobile Club – 1-13-20: The 38ER’S Groomed Clearwater Trail Monday the 13th.  Trail was in great shape even better now.  Inky Creek issue is no longer a problem, we cover ice with snow.  The Soumi Trail will be groomed today the 15th. I have heard from riders on the Soumi that it is a great ride trail is in great shape. *Note: Logging is done for now, looks of the area has changed, good views to be had. 12-31-19: We tried to groom Clearwater today 12/31/19,  ran into water in wetland just south of 49 could not cross, sleds have been thru the area may have had some wet feet.  We plan on doing Soumi Trail on Friday or Monday.  The Soumi is in good shape the loggers have been great to work with.  We need cold weather freeze things that are open and or packed.

Taconite Trail, Little Bear, Bear Lake Trail, Circle T and Tim Corey Trail – groomed by MN DNR- 1-10-20: The Taconite trail from Grand Rapids to Highway 65 the trail was groomed on 1/9/2020. From Highway 65 to Highway 73 it was groomed on 1/9/2020. Logging is expected to begin just south of the Herb Brandstrom Trail intersection near Scenic 7. Signs will be put up. Please use caution and stay to the right.

Deer River TrailsBushwackers: 1-16-20: all trails have been groomed. Trails are excellent.

Driftskipper, Smith Creek, Little Pokegama, Shelter, Cook Lake Trails – groomed by Itasca Driftskippers Club: 1/15/2020: Trails are groomed. Ken made it to Hwy 200 yesterday! The only part of the trail system not groomed yet is a 1/4 mile of the Remer Trail at mile marker 4 and were the Driftskipper Trail crosses the lake. With the snow forecasted for today and Friday there will be fresh snow to ride on. We will groom as much as we can after the snow stops on Friday put we will only groom at night as there is to much traffic during the day on the weekend.  **ATTENTION SNOWMOBILERS: SLOW DOWN** well traviling though the heavy logging going on on the first part of the Smith Creek trail on the west side of HWY 169 and Smith Creek Rd. Trucks are hauling all the time be ready to give them the right of way. Its there living and the forest we have our trail system running though is a working forest owned by UPM Blandin.

Alborne-Pengilly, Blackberry, Charter Dam, Goodland, Pekey & Greenway – groomed by Greenway Snowmobile Club: Trails will all be groomed up this week. Some of them have been already. There is a meeting this Thursday at 7 as well. Hope to see you there! Ride sober and ride safe!

Keystone Trail, Hornet Spur, Hollywood Bait Spur, and Dirty Mike’s Trail – groomed by Itasca Snow Rangers: 1-17-20: The SnowRangers groomed the Keystone, Dirty Mike’s, and all spurs.  Conditions excellent.

Lawron, Lud Mandich, Daybrook, Delbert Brandstrom, LLL Spur, Nashwauk Trails – groomed by Lawron Trail Riders: 1-16-20:All Lawron Trails are groomed (Lawron, Nashwauk, Delbert Brandstrom, Lud Mandich, Day Brook) except for a small stretch on the power line on the Lawron Trail before CR 50. Groomer Dan was still able to sink this 6’ ice chisel into the soft spot on the Lawron Trail.

Bigfork Lions, Cameron Lake, East Bowstring, Effie Connection, Marcell, Wilderness Willie, and Circle T Trails – groomed by Marcell Snow Drifters: 1-17-20: Effie to Hwy 6 and Cameron Trail groomed. 1-15-20:The Bowstring trail was groomed.

Scenic State Park, Cameron Lake, Herb Brandstrom and Circle L Trails – groomed by Swampsiders Snowmobile Club: 1-14-20:Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 we were able to get our Groomer and drag across the 8 Mile stretch on the Herb Brandstrom that heads North to Bigfork between the Intersection of the Cameron Lake Trail and the intersection of the Circle L. But I heard through the grapevine that they are logging on it now somewhere, I don’t know where because they just started and I have not been up there to see. So just be aware of it. Tues, Jan 14, 2020 we were able to get the Scenic State Park loop done also, so that means all our trails are opened and groomed. As far as the grooming schedule, this week it will be done before the weekend, we are watching the weather and there are a few snow systems moving in that we are trying to work around as well as operators schedules. Thank you for being patient with us

Blue Ox, Caldwell Brook, Island Lake, West Bowstring Trails – groomed by Northome Ridge Runners: no report as of yet.

Hill Lake, Perry Lake, Rabey, Washburn Lake, Remer Trails – groomed by Haypoint Jackpine Snowmobile Club:  1-9-20: All trails have been groomed with the exception for the last couple of miles south where we meet the Aitkin Trails. This is due to swamps not being frozen. 1-13-20: make it to Savanna today. There are still several bad spots in the trail that are healing. I was able to partially fill a couple of them in but they are not repaired all the way so please ride with caution. Also, thanks to Ron Davis for riding with me today in case I h ad trouble. Thankfully, we had an uneventful day and were able to make it all the way to the park and back with no issues.

Cross Country Skiing Trails brought to you by Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club

Cross Country Skiing

Trout Lake: 1-16-20: Groomed and tracked Doan Lake Trail. Excellent conditions. 3 inches light fluffy snow. Beautiful in the woods.

Minnesota Power: 1-15-20: Groomer did both MN Power and Portage Park this morning, but it has been snowing all morning with over 2 inches already. Go ski in the fun powder before it gets too deep!

Suomi Hills: 1-14-20: Groomed south Suomi up to the north Soumi parking lot, and south around the Amen Lake trails. A couple of 2 inch snow falls since last time.

Alder Pond: 12-31-19: County groomer reported parking lot plowed and trail down the powerline is packed and tracked. He did not indicate whether he did the uphill, one past the outhouse, was too.

Legion Park Trail: 1-14-20: Groomed and tracked all loops. The skate lane is still excellent. The track set much better today. More snow forecast plan to groom after.

Robin Baker Blueberry Hills: 1-9-20: We got a couple of inches of new snow today, just before I groomed. Groomed and set track on inner and outer Prelude loops, groom and track should set up well with cold weather. Please help by picking up sticks / branches off the trail as you ski. Remember to get your ski pass if you haven’t already done so.

Forest History Center:  1-11-20: Packed and groomed. Forest of Today Trail and Swamp Trail were pretty nice. River trails had some debris and rough spots courtesy of a rogue snowmobiler from the river.

Stoney Ridge: Thursday December 12, 2019 Trails closed due to logging. Not expected to be groomed at all this year by the county. (Catherine McLynn)

Cowhorn:  1-15-20: Trails are still posted closed at both entrances. County forester and DNR groomer are working to resolve hazardous conditions on loops 1 and 3. Caution signs have been put up on only two of the four newly plowed logging roads crossing the ski trail on Loop 3. More snow, grooming and setting track is planned for Friday which should result in re-opening the trail for the weekend.

Golden Anniversary: 1-3-20: Use caution as the trail is icy due to weather conditions. The trail was last groomed on 1/2/2020.

Sugar Hills: 1-8-20: Finally fully reestablished the snowshoe trail east of East loop, after finding a corner pin tree that I’ve looked for since the 8″ snowfall from two weekends ago. Ton did most of the work yesterday, found evidence of the old trail and then broke trail. Took us three hours. Glad that is done! Ton is out classic skiing, cold but should be nice.

Thistledew: Tuesday December 10, 2019 Called the DNR today, this trail is not being groomed anymore. (Jan Lasar)

Wabana: 1-8-20: Groomed but now a little rough with deer tracks and nature litter. After yesterday’s wind, there is a lot of tree debris in the tracks (sticks, needles, pine cones, etc).

Big Ridge: 1-9-20: Big Ridge has been groomed and trackset.  Great condition.

Amen Lake: 1-14-20: Groomed Amen Lake trails up to the north Soumi parking lot. A couple of 2 inch snow falls since last time.

Mount Itasca: 1-16-20: Freshly groomed this morning, trails are in great shape and ready for the weekend races.

Scenic State Park:1-3-20: Volunteer groomer packed and set tracks in preparation for EOWSKi! Will groom again if needed.

University of Minnesota Trails behind Itasca Community College: No grooming being done this season on this nice trail system close town.

Simpson Creek: 1-15-20: Trail not groomed at all for skiing. Open for snow shoeing. Not sure which roads are plowed during the winter.

Tioga Recreation Area – brought to you by City of Cohasset and GRIMBA

 

Tioga Recreation Area: 1-14-20: Greenway, Gurly Flinn, and Tioga Party lap are groomed! Ruby Slipper is snowshoed!

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