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 – Thursday, January 19, 2017
Snowfall Depth: 18 inches
Ely Area Lakes & Trails: Area lakes have ice cover of varying depths. With warmer than normal temperatures, some lakes may developing areas of slush. Area lakes have been staked and some lakes may have areas of slush. Use caution on lakes and check ice conditions before venturing out.
Echo Trail: Fenske Lake and other short trails along the Echo Trail have been groomed and staked.
Taconite Trail: Snow – 22-26” depth Base – 3-5” Groomed – yes Condition – good The entire Taconite from Ely to Hwy 73 is groomed and in fair to good condition, save for a small section of open water between Big Aspen and Pfeiffer Lake. This section is flagged, signed and passable.
Arrowhead Trail: Snow – 24-30” depth Base – 3-5” Groomed – yes Condition – fair to good The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in fair to good condition except for a two-mile portion going north over a swamp from the Orr South Grant-in-Aid trail. Crews hope to have this section groomed by the weekend.
Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Groomed – no Condition - fair
Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Groomed and in good condition
Taconite Spur Trails and Stony Spur Trails: Base – 2-4” Groomed – partially Condition – poor THE HIDDEN BAY portion the trail linking up to Stony Spur has been closed due to logging. Please avoid the Hidden Bay area for safety reasons. Taconite and Stony Spurs are groomed.
Babbitt Area Trails: All trails are groomed and in good condition.
Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails: Base – 4-6” Trail is cleared through to the North Shore from Ely. Most of the trail is groomed; however, swamps and wetlands have not yet frozen so groomers are unable to do that portion of the trails. Trails are in fair to good condition.
Cross Country Ski Trails
Bear Head State Park: Trail base: 3-5” Ski trails are in good to very good condition. The Norberg Trail has some areas with rocks or surface debris. Trails have been groomed.
Hidden Valley Ski Trails & Trezona Trail: Both Hidden Valley and Trezona Nordic ski trails are in great shape.
Babbitt Golf Course Trail: Groomed for both classic and skate skiing and is in excellent condition.
North Arm Trails: North Arm Ski trails have been in good shape but we expect the conditions to deteriorate with the warm weather, rain, and ice in the forecast for the next week. Expect some ice or slush as the temperature fluctuates, so make sure to pack a scraper if you go out skiing.
Birch Lake Plantation Trail: Groomed for classic skiing and is in excellent condition.