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Trail Report: Ely, Minnesota – January 27, 2017

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Trail Conditions: Fair
Snow Cover: 12
Date of Report: January 27, 2017
Area Report:

Snowmobile Trail GROOMER UPDATE for Arrowhead, Taconite and Tomahawk Trails

Taconite Trail: Snow – 12-20” depth  Base – 1-3”  Groomed – yes  Condition – fair to good  The entire Taconite from Ely to Hwy 73 is groomed and in fair to good condition, save for a small section of open water between Big Aspen and Pfeiffer Lake.  This section is flagged, signed and passable. 

 Arrowhead Trail: Snow – 12-22” depth  Base – 1-3”  Groomed – yes  Condition – fair to good  The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in fair to good condition.  Use caution when crossing the bridge in the Lost Lake swamp area due to thin ice.  This bridge is located two miles north on the Arrowhead from the Hwy 1 crossing.  Also, be aware of and slow down for logging activity on the Arrowhead north of Hwy 1, north of Hoodoo Lake, and north of Elephant Lake Rd.

Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Trail base – 1-3” Groomed – yes  Condition – fair

Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Trail base – 3-5”  Groomed – yes  Condition – poor to fair

Ely Area Trails including the Echo Trail: Grooming has resumed on some local trails in the Ely area and up the Echo Trail.  Trail base: 1-3” Groomed – yes Condition: fair to good    

Tomahawk Trail & Stony Spur Trails: Various trail reports for the Tomahawk Trail indicate some exposed ground along stretches of the trail.  Groomers are out on trail and are working on Ely to Mattala Shelter portion.  Sections of the Ely to Mattala Shelter trail may have patches of bare ground.  Overall condition of the Ely to Mattala Shelter section is considered fair.  Mattala Shelter to North Shore section has been groomed and is in fair condition.