The Ely area provides unique opportunities for those seeking hiking experiences. Depending upon the experience you are seeking, assorted trails can lead you either on a short jaunt, vigorous day trip or an extended wilderness trek. Hundreds of miles of 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. 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 21st, 2018
Snowfall Depth: 26+ inches
Taconite Trail: Snow depth: 12-28” Base: 1-4” Groomed: yes Condition: Good to Very Good The entire Taconite Trail is in good to very good condition. The trail has quite a bit of ungroomed snow on it right now, but it will be groomed again before the weekend. Please stay to the right and use caution while riding.
Arrowhead Trail: Snow depth: 14-26” Base: 1-4” Groomed: Yes Condition: Very good to Excellent The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in very good to excellent condition. Due to groomer breakdown, the section from Crescent Bar to Elbow Lake was ungroomed for the last few days, but it is groomed as of Wednesday, February 21, and will be groomed again before the weekend. Please be aware of and slow down for logging activity throughout the trail.
Putnum/Fishing Lakes Trail: Base: 1-3” Groomed: Yes Condition: Good The trail is groomed and in very good condition. The snow over the weekend improved the trail conditions dramatically.
Soudan Underground Mine & Vermilion State Park Trails: Base: 1-4” Groomed: Yes Condition: Good The Lake Vermilion Park trails are groomed and in very good condition.
Bear Head Lake State Park: Base: 1-3” Groomed: Yes Condition: Very good
Cross Country Ski Trails
Hidden Valley & Trezona Trails: Trails are open and are being groomed
North Arm Trails: Trails are opened. Some portions of the trail are mechanically groomed, while other sections are skier groomed
Bear Head Lake State Park: Base: 1-3” Groomed: Yes Condition: Fair
Babbitt Golf Course and Birch Lake Plantation: Trails are groomed and in excellent condition