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Trail Report: Ely, Minnesota – March 2, 2017

Ely, MN Chamber of Commerce

Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: 7"
Date of Report: March 2, 2017
Area Report:


Ely Area Lakes & Trails: Area trails have a base ranging from 0-4” and are rated as poor.  Anticipate rough trail conditions as trail grooming will not commence until temperatures drop below 20 degrees and we receive at least 4” of new snow.  Lakes may have areas of slush.  Remain on staked trails when traveling across lakes.  Creeks and low lying areas may have open or standing water and no trail base. 

Echo Trail: Fenske Lake and other short trails along the Echo Trail are staked. 

Taconite Trail: Snow – 5-15” depth  Base – 0-4”  Groomed – yes  Condition – poor   The entire Taconite from Ely to Hwy 73 is in poor condition.  There is a small section of open water between Big Aspen and Pfeiffer Lake that is flagged, signed, and passable.

Arrowhead Trail: Snow – 8-18” depth  Base – 0-4”  Groomed – yes  Condition – poor  The entire Arrowhead is groomed and in poor condition.  Use caution when crossing the bridge in the Lost Lake swamp due to thin ice and open water.  This bridge is located two miles north on the Arrowhead from the Hwy 1 crossing. 

Putnam-Fishing Lakes Trail: Groomed – yes  Condition – poor

Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Groomed – yes  Condition – poor

Taconite Spur Trails and Stony Spur Trails: Base – 0-4”  Groomed – yes  Condition – poor   

Tomahawk Trail & Local Trails: Base – 0-4”  Trails are in poor condition.  Everything is groomed from the Knotted Pine in Isabella to the Northshore.  Some sections of trail may have up to 18” of standing water.