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Trail Report For: Ely – 01/06/2016

Trail Report: Ely

Reported By:Ely Chamber of Commerce

Date of Report:01/06/2016

Trail Conditions: Fair

Snow Cover: varied

Area Report: The Taconite Trail: Very little snow is on the trail corridors and many of the swamp/wetlands on the trails are not frozen. Crews are continuing to pack trails. Trail use is not recommended, please use extreme caution and travel at your own risk. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches. Trail base is 1-2 inches.

The Arrowhead Trail: Very little snow is on the trail corridors and many of the swamp/wetlands on the trails are not frozen. Crews are continuing to pack trails. Trail use is not recommended, please use extreme caution and travel at your own risk. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches. Trail base is 1-2 inches.

The Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Very little snow is on the trail corridors and many of the swamp/wetlands on the trails are not frozen. Crews are continuing to pack trails. Trail use is not recommended, please use extreme caution and travel at your own risk. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches. Trail base is 1-2 inches.

The Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Very little snow is on the trail corridors and many of the swamp/wetlands on the trails are not frozen. Crews are continuing to pack trails. Trail use is not recommended, please use extreme caution and travel at your own risk. Local snow depth is 8-10 inches. Trail base is 1-2 inches.

The Taconite Spur Trails and Stony Spur Trails: Trails are groomed from Babbitt to the Mattila Shelter and from Babbitt to the Taconite Spur Trail towards Ely-Tower. Still not enough snow to groom to Giant’s Ridge.

The Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails: The Trail from the softball complex to Silver Rapids Lodge is all cleared. 13 Corners is cleared. Waiting for more snow to groom. Volunteers are clearing the trails. The Tomahawk is open except for the portion from the Knotted Pine to Forest Road 177 which will be opened up today, Tuesday, January 5. Clearing the debris on the trails is going slow, but progress is being made. The trail from Burntside to Lake Vermilion is cleared, but there are a couple of spots in the bog that are not freezing. Lake travel is NOT advised at this time. The trail from Fall Lake to Grassy Lake via the Cloquet Line and Low Lake has been cleared. The trail from the Trestle Inn to the North Shore State Trail has been cleared and packed but needs to be groomed. It is estimated to have 12-24 inches of snow in that area.

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