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Trail Report – : Ely, Minnesota – January 31, 2019

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter:Ely Chamber of Commerce/Explore MN Visitor Center
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 16"
Date of Report: January 31, 2019
Area Report:

Taconite/David Dill State Trail

Snow: 14-24”

Base: 1-4”

Groomed: Yes

Condition: Good to Very Good

The entire Taconite is groomed and in good to very good condition. The trail base between Tower and Ely is relatively thin, and logging is happening just west of Hwy 1, south of Ely.  

The spur trail leading from the Taconite to the Oasis Bar and Grill in Britt has been rerouted due to landowner issues. The reroute goes from the Taconite east of Hwy 53 (opposite side from the Oasis) to Peppard Rd, crosses Hwy 53 at the Peppard Rd Jct, and follows the ditch south to Peel Rd and to the Oasis.

Putnam/Fishing Lakes Trail – is groomed and in good condition. Be aware of an open spring just off the trail as you go around Putnam Lake. Also watch out for exposed rocks in a few places throughout the trail.

Lake Vermilion- Soudan Underground Mine State Park Trail- are groomed and in good condition.

Tomahawk Trail – From Ely to Knotted Pine is partially groomed and groomers are hoping to have the trails completely groomed before the weekend. Burntside to Mud Lake is groomed but Mud Lake to Vermilion is not. Teams hope to have everything groomed within the next week.

Arrowhead State Trail

Snow: 14-24”

Base: 2-5”

Groomed: Yes

Condition: Good to Very Good

Cold weather and groomer break-downs affected last week’s normal grooming operations. On the up side, the cold weather helped to keep the trail in good to very good condition. Looking ahead, the trail will be entirely groomed between now and Friday night. Be aware of logging activity on and around the trail going north from Hwy 1 toward Lost Lake swamp. There is also logging activity going north from the Orr North GIA Trail.

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