Trail Report: Ely
Reported By:Ely Chamber of Commerce
Date of Report:01/07/2015
Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 8-10 inches
Area Report: Over the previous weekend, the Ely area received another 8 inches of snow, bringing the total snow cover to about 9-10 inches of snow on the ground.
Taconite Snowmobile Trail – This trail stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely through many scenic vistas of rolling hillsides, lakes, rivers and forests. There are several trail shelters along the trail located at popular stopping points offering scenic vistas. Local snow depth is 7-9 inches and packing and grooming will begin when conditions allow. Groomed Mileage: 165 Miles
Stony Spur Trail – This trail is 24 miles long and is not groomed at this time. Crews will try this weekend if it warms up a bit.
Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails–This trail is 85.5 Miles long. Crews are in the process of rolling the entire trail system. Base is 2 inches at best. Burntside, Shagawa and Fall lakes are staked. Please follow the staked trail when choosing lake travel.
Taconite Spur Trail – This trail is 39 Miles long and is not groomed at this time. Crews will try this weekend if it warms up a bit.
Bear Island State Forest – Putnam and Fishing Lakes Trails traverse 17 miles of forested, rolling topography through birch, ash, and pine stands. Several small lakes dot the landscape along these scenic trails. Local snow depth is only 7-9 inches. Packing and grooming will begin when conditions allow.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park – This two mile trail will be packed and groomed when conditions allow. Mine tours are closed to the public for the season and will re-open on Memorial Weekend. Only group tours by reservation are scheduled during the winter months.
Lake Vermilion State Park – This new state park has added some temporary snowmobile trails (trails may change in the future years) for this winter. The 6 miles of trails take you through some of the best viewing areas on the property. It connects up with the Lake Vermilion lake ice trail and a spur of the Taconite Trail that goes through the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. No report.
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