The Ely area provides unique opportunities for those seeking hiking experiences. Depending upon the experience you are seeking, assorted hiking trails can lead you either on a short jaunt, vigorous day trip or an extended wilderness trek. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails can be accessed in the Ely area. With good planning and proper trip preparation, a day on a Northwoods trail can be rewarding and memorable. Hiking trail information and maps are available at the Ely Chamber of Commerce, the Kawishiwi Range District office, and at local lodging facilities.
Ely Area Trail Conditions – Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Snowfall Depth: 14-18 inches
Ely Area Lakes: All Ely area lakes have been staked. It is recommended that snowmobilers stay on the staked trails to avoid issues with slush.
Taconite Trail: Trail Condition: good Trail groomed: yes Trail base: 2-4 inches Trail is has been completely groomed and is in good condition. Portions of the trail may have exposed rock or ice flows, so please use caution while traveling.
Arrowhead Trail: Trail condition: good Trail groomed: yes Trail base: 3-5 inches The entire trail has been groomed. Portions of the trail may have exposed rocks, so please trail with caution.
Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Trail condition: good Trail base: 2-4” Trail groomed: yes
Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Trail condition: good Trail base: 2-4” Trail has been groomed and is in good condition.
Taconite Spur Trails and Stony Spur Trails: Trails have been groomed. Some rough areas exist, so use caution while traveling.
Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails: The entire Tomahawk Trail has been groomed. There will be no more grooming between Ely and the Mattila Shelter until the area receives more snow. Some rough areas exist, so please use caution while traveling.
Cross Country Ski Trails
Bear Head State Park – Trail Condition: Very good Trail base: 3-5 inches. Groomed mileage: 6 miles. Grooming report: All trails are groomed except the Norberg Trail.
Hidden Valley Ski Trails & Trezona Trail – No report available. Trails were reported as groomed last week.
Babbitt Golf Course Trail – The Babbitt golf course is groomed and in excellent condition for classic and skate skiing with a solid base. The Birch Lake Plantation trails are groomed and in excellent condition for classic skiing.
North Junction Trail – The North Junction trails are in good shape. These are rustic trails and are not machine groomed.
Birch Lake Plantation Trail - The Birch Lake Plantation trails are groomed and in excellent condition for classic skiing.