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Ely Minnesota Trail Conditions & Updates

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.  

State trails open December 1 and close April 1.

Ely Area Trail Conditions – Thursday, February 16, 2017

Snow Depth: 18 inches

Snowmobile Trails

Ely Area Lakes & Trails: Area trails are groomed with grooming continuing as overnight temperatures remain below 20F.  Snowmobile trails are currently rated as very good with average trail bases in the Ely area of 4-9 inches.  Groomers anticipate that even with the predicted weekend warm-up snowmobile trails will hold-up through Sunday. 

Echo Trail: Fenske Lake and other short trails along the Echo Trail are staked and groomed. 

Taconite Trail: Snow – 10-24” depth  Base – 2-8”  Groomed – yes  Condition – very good   The entire Taconite from Ely to Hwy 73 is groomed and in very good condition.  There is a small section of open water between Big Aspen and Pfeiffer Lake.  This section is flagged and passable.

Arrowhead Trail: Snow – 10-26” depth  Base – 3-9”  Groomed – yes  Condition – very good  The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in very good condition.  Use caution when crossing the bridge in the Lost Lake swamp due to thin ice and open water.  This bridge is located two miles north on the Arrowhead from the Hwy 1 crossing.  Also, be aware of and slow down for logging activity on the Arrowhead north of Hwy 1, north of Hoodoo Lake, and north of Elephant Lake Rd.

Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Trail base – 2-8” Groomed – yes  Condition –very good

Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Trail base – 3-5”  Groomed – yes  Condition – very good

Taconite Spur Trails and Stony Spur Trails: Base – 2-8”  Groomed – yes  Condition – good   Stony Spur And Taconite Spur are groomed and in good shape. 

Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails: Base – 4-6”  Everything is groomed.  Some light logging activity is occurring in the Spruce Road and Hidden Bay areas, so please slow down and use caution.  These areas will not be closed or posted.  Trails are in very good condition.  Mud Lake to Vermilion still has a swampy area that has not frozen, so the unfrozen area is not currently groomed.


Cross Country Ski Trails

Bear Head State Park: Trail base: 3-6”  Ski trails are in good condition.  Trail is groomed.

Hidden Valley Ski Trails & Trezona Trail:  All trails are groomed and in good condition.

Babbitt Golf Course & Birch Lake Plantation Trails: Birch Lake Plantation ski trails are groomed for classic skiing and in excellent condition. Babbitt golf course is groomed for classic and skate skiing and in excellent condition. 

North Arm Trails: No trail report this week.



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