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Trail Report – : Ely, Minnesota – February 15, 2018

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter:Ely Chamber of Commerce/Explore MN Visitor Center
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 14 inches
Date of Report: February 15, 2018
Area Report:

Ely Area Trail Conditions – Thursday, February 15, 2018

Snowfall Depth: 14 inches


Snowmobile Trails

Taconite Trail: Snow – 8-20” depth  Base – 1-3”  Groomed – yes  Condition –good    The entire Taconite is in good condition, corners are icy, the trail base is thin, and more rocks are showing through, especially in high ground areas.  Trail divots exist on some hilltops between Ely and Tower due to heavy use, cold weather and lack of snow.  Please stay to the right and use caution while riding.

Arrowhead Trail: Snow – 12-24” depth  Base –1-4”  Groomed – yes  Condition – Excellent  The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in very good to excellent condition. Please be aware of and slow down for logging activity throughout the trail, especially a large section between Elephant Lake and the Elephant Lake Road to the south. Also take note: the East Camp 90 Rd (between Sheep Ranch Rd and Ash River Trail) has heavy logging traffic and is closed to snowmobiles. Please stay on the snowmobile trail rather than using the road.

Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Base – 1-3”  Trail is groomed and in fair to good condition. The trail remains rough in spots due to rocks and low snow.

Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Snow 13-14”, Base – 4”, Trails are groomed and in good condition.

Tomahawk Trail & Local Trail Sections: Snow 15-18” depth, Base – 2-3”  Groomed – yes  Condition – good  The trail is in good condition and groomers have been out on average twice per week grooming.  With the warmer temperatures, grooming will cease for a few days until temperatures drop and the base firms up.

Ely Area Lakes & Trails: All trails along the Echo Trail are groomed.  Hidden Bay is now open.  There is logging between Birch Lake and White Iron, so please use caution and remember the trails are shared with logging equipment.  Overall trail condition is good. Please use caution traveling across lakes – stay on marked trails to avoid slush areas.  Current areas (rivers, narrows and streams) may still have unsafe ice, please test before traveling across.

News and Reports:

Don’t miss the 12th Annual Minnesota Snow Run February 23 & 24th at the Grand Ely Lodge.  This is a fundraising event by the Pink Ribbon Riders.  Learn more event details at