Ely Minnesota Trail Conditions & Updates

Trail Report for 1/23/2020

Snow Depth 15-35 inches

GENERAL INFORMATION: Trails are reported to be in excellent condition, groomed and holding up well.  Several area lakes are now staked, and riders are asked to please ride in staked areas to ensure best conditions.   As always, even when conditions are their best, it’s still wise to use caution when venturing onto the ice on foot or machine.  Also, there are two organized rides going on – the Northland 300 and the Fun Run- so above average traffic on some of the area trails is expected.

 

Area Trails:  Tomahawk trail is reported to be in great condition, and conditions on Grassy Loop, Burntside, Shagwa, Little Long, Mud Lake and White Iron Lake are also reported to be really good.  Grooming is complete to Mattila’s shelter and Birch Lake is now staked for snowmobile trails to Hidden Bay.  Cedar Lake is still not staked; snowmobilers should use Cloquet Line instead.    Everything else is staked and groomed.  As always, please stay on staked trails. 

 

Arrowhead State Trail

Snowmobiling: Condition-Very Good Trail – Groomed  Base – 2-6”

The Arrowhead State trail is the backbone to an extensive Grant-in-Aid trail system that travels through remote areas.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The entire trail has been groomed from the Taconite State Trail junction north to the Blue Ox trail. 

 

Bearhead Lake State Park

Skiing: Condition – Good  Trails – Groomed   Base – 6-11”

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The Norberg Loop, Beach Trail, and Campground Loops were groomed on January 19 and are in good to very good condition. 

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very good  Trails – Groomed  Base 5-12”

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The Taconite Trail and Cub Lake Spur to the Trail Center are both in very good condition.   

Bearhead State Park trails provide rolling topography through birch and pine stands.  You may see a variety of wildlife ranging from deer, wolves, ruffed grouse, and pine martens.  You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as snowmobiling or skiing.

 

Lake Vermilion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very Good Trails – Groomed  Base – 2-6”

TRAIL CONDITIONS: These trails are fully groomed and in very good condition.  For all trails use caution at all times.  Please travel at appropriate speeds and stay to the right.  There are two organized trail rides this week, the Northland 300 throughout the week and weekend, and the fun Run on Saturday between Ely, Babbitt, and Tower/Fortune Bay.  No motorized vehicles other than snowmobiles are allowed on State Trails or Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails.    

The park has 5 miles of snowmobile trails that connects from the Taconite State Trail to the Lake Vermilion ice trail.  The ride takes you through old growth pines and young aspen forests with large wetland complexes to view along the way.  You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as snowmobiling or skiing.

 

Putnam/Fishing Lakes – Bear Island State Forest

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very Good Trails – Groomed  Base – 2-6”

The Putnam and Fishing Lakes Trails traverse forested, rolling topography through birch, ash, and pine stands.  Several small lakes dot the landscape along these scenic trails. 

TRAIL CONDITIONS: Riders should be aware that there are active logging operations on multiple sections of the trails.  Please travel at appropriate speeds and stay to the right. 

 

Taconite State Trail

Snowmobiling: Condition – Very Good Trails – Groomed  Base 2-6”

Taconite State Trail stretches one hundred sixty-five miles from Grand Rapids to Ely through many scenic vistas of rolling hillsides, lakes, rivers and forest.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: The entire Taconite is groomed from Ely to Hwy 73.  With the recent snow in the last week, and early-season traffic, the trails are holding up well and looking great!

 

Taconite Spur West - Last groomed 1/22/20

Taconite Spur North - Last groomed 1/22/20 - Beware of continued logging operations underway!

Stony Spur East – Last groomed 1/20/20

 

Birch Lake Plantation Trail & Babbitt Golf Course

Skiing: Groomed and in excellent condition with a solid base.

 

North Arm Trails

Skiing:The North Arm Ski trails are freshly groomed and in great shape.  With warmer temperatures this week, skiiers should watch for icy conditions in the morning and sticky conditions in the afternoon. 

 

Trezona & Hidden Valley

Both trails are groomed.  The Trezona is tracked for skate and classic skiing.  Conditions on both trails are excellent with a good base built up making “rock” skis unnecessary at this time. 

 

Upcoming snowmobile events include:

2020 Snowmobile Fun Run January 25, 2020

Northland 300 Snowmobiling for Special Olympics January 22-26

 Black Woods Blizzard Tour 2020 January 29-February 1

More information on these events can be found by visiting our website at http://www.ely.org/mn/events

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