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Trail Report – : Ely, Minnesota – January 10, 2019

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Reporter:Ely Chamber of Commerce/Explore MN Visitor Center
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 14"
Date of Report: January 10, 2019
Area Report:

Taconite/David Dill State Trail

Snow: 14-22”

Base: 2-3”

Groomed: No

Condition: Good

Hwy 53 to Hwy 73 and Tower to the Arrowhead junction will be groomed today, Jan 9. Tower to Ely will be groomed Thursday, Jan 10. Going east of Hwy 53 has been groomed to the Big Aspen area and will be groomed as far as wetlands and ice thickness allow (ice remains thin in swamps and areas with moving water). We anticipate grooming the rest of the way up to the Arrowhead junction in the next week.

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

This trail remains ungroomed. We anticipate having the Putnam Lake trail groomed within the next week.

Lake Vermilion- Soudan Underground Mine State Park Trail

The park has five miles of snowmobile trails that connects from the Taconite State Trail to the Lake Vermilion ice trail.  This trail remains ungroomed. They will be groomed by the end of the day Friday, January 11.

Tomahawk Trail – From Ely to Knotted Pine is partially groomed and groomers are hoping to have the trails completely groomed before the weekend. Mud Lake is not groomed due to thin ice and slush.

Arrowhead State Trail

Snow: 14-22”

Base: 2-5”

Groomed: Partially

Condition: Good to Very Good (where groomed)

The Arrowhead is groomed from the Taconite Trail Jct north to the Landing spur trail (southeast of Hoodoo Lake), from the Orr North trail to just south of the Arrowhead Link trail, and from the Bill Morgan trail to the end of the Arrowhead at the Blue Ox. We anticipate grooming from the Bill Morgan trail south to the Arrowhead Link Trail today, Jan 9, and from the Orr North trail south to the Landing spur trail Thursday, Jan 10.

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