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Things are looking better!
Wow! Some cold weather to help freeze the trouble spots and looking forward to a little warmer
temps with snow in the forecast for the weekend.
Groomers in all areas are out and working. These groomer operators are doing a great job considering the smaller amounts of snow to work with. These operators are the key to our trail system.
All trails in our area are now being groomed on a regular basis with just a couple of exceptions. The Blue Trail in the Park is not open as of yet. That is on the eastern end of Namakan into Sand Point lake. The other area not open yet is the trail going west from Pelland Junction to the Birchdale area.
All of the trails in the Park are now being groomed and are getting better every day.
The Crane Lake area has both groomers out and working. The Voyageur trail from Ash River to Crane Lake was groomed the entire way yesterday. The Voyageur south trail from Crane to the Arrowhead trail and the Arrowhead link trail are in good shape. There is a new trail on the map this year, the Vermillion River Bridge trail is being groomed and it runs from the Buyck area to Elephant Lake. It crosses the new bridge over the river. Check it out.
The Int’l Falls club has everything looking very good and are on a regular grooming schedule also. Remember there is a detour on the Arrowhead trail south of Ericsburg, please follow the signs for the detour.
In the Ash River/Kabetogama area, we are about the same, a regular grooming schedule and trails are continually improving.
I am hearing lots of reports from riders who are finding very good trails, and very happy to be able to get out and enjoy the North Country.
With warmer temps coming and more snow dancers things will continue to get better. Don’t miss out on great opportunities to ride, get up here and enjoy our great trails and hospitality!!!
The Park Service has found good ice on Rainy Lake and Namakan lakes. Crews are working on staking both lakes, Rainy the Purple trail, and Ash River to Crane lake the Green trail. Both of these trails will be ready in the next couple of days. The Chain of Lakes trail is now open, and the Yellow trail from Ash River to Kettle Falls is open also.
In the Int’l Falls area, the groomers have been east of town and trails are slowly getting better. The Arrowhead trail south of Ericsburg has a new bridge going in, so there is a re-route in that area. Watch for signs in this area. The trails heading west from Pelland Junction are not open as of yet.
The groomer will be out in the Ash River/Kabetogama/Ray area before the weekend. These trails are open and are in fair condition and we have a few areas that will need more snow and more ice to groom. We will keep checking those areas.
The groomer will be out on the North Spur at Orr and we will be checking the South Spur. Need more snow there as there are some rocky areas.
In the Crane Lake area, the groomer has been out with the drag, the South Trail has been done and the North trail to Amundson creek. They haven’t been able to cross there as of yet. The Link trail has been done as well.
The State has been working on the Arrowhead trail and it has been packed with the groomer and drag.
Overall, the trail system has some rough spots and some areas the are pretty good. The trails are very rideable and get out and enjoy and have fun! Ride with care, watch out for the rough areas, and a few areas with logging operations. Snow is in the forecast so lets hope we get more and get the trails in great shape soon.
You’ll love riding here in the Voyageur Country! Get up here!
Hoping for more snow
More of the same from the last post. We haven’t had any snow since the last post so we are in a holding pattern with grooming. Groomers are all ready to go as soon as we get some snow. As I write this we are hoping for some snow with this weather pattern that is moving in. I will post as soon as the groomers are able to get out.
The trails are in fair to poor condition but open if you ride safely, watch your speed, and use caution.
A couple of updates, there is a logging operation on the Bill Morgan trail so be careful there, also on the Morgan the mounds area is not groomed for about a 1/2 mile due to poor ice there.
The Falls area be on the lookout for orange cones as they are working on parts of the trails to widen and clear brush from sides of the trails.
The only trail that is open in the Park is the Green trail from Black bay to Ash River. On that trail watch for several pressure ridges, and there are icy spots and spots where slush came thru and re-froze so there are ruts. Use caution in those areas. The Green trail from Ash River to Crane Lake is not open because of a few areas of thin ice, less than 5 inches, so travel there is not recommended.
Let’s hope things change and we can get in full operation soon. Take care and ride safely.
Happy New Year to all!
Here is the latest info on our area trails.
Ash River/Kabetogama trails have all had their first grooming run. We have panned most areas and groomed some areas. With panning, the holes have been filled and snow packed. They are rideable but not in great shape.
Orr north and south spurs have the same as above. First trip with groomer and drag is done.
Crane Lake is working on their trails, groomer has been out without the drag filling holes and clearing. They will be out with the drag in the next couple of days.
In’t Falls area trails have been panned and are open. The only trail that has not been panned is the west trail going to Birchdale.
The Arrowhead trail from the Blue Ox south has had a first groom/pan. It has been done all the way from Int’l Falls area to south of Elephant Lake.
The Park Sevice has the Green trail staked and groomed from Black bay south to Ash River. Ash River to Crane lake has not been staked as they are still checking ice in those areas. It will be staked as ice is certified safe.
Everyone needs to start dancing, that is snow dancing, with another dump of 5-6 inches, we will be in very good shape.
Remember the trails are not in great shape, so ride according to the conditions, stay safe, and still get out and have fun! See you on the trails!