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Balsam Branch Trails
Amery, WI
Trail Length: 12k  Maps: | 1 Main Lot , 1 Kennedy Park 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The Balsam Branch trails are open to the public for no charge. When there is snow, tracks are set by Polk County Park and volunteers. The trailhead parking area is always well plowed. Toilet facilities are available at the nearby Kennedy Environmental center but no coffee shop or warming facility. Roughly 4K of lighted trails added in 2010.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019  posted: 3/20/2019 8:20:09 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  The base is still there but getting soft and the tracks are now icy in most places. Some leaves and pine needles too, but mostly free of debris but probably best to use waxless skis now. With rising temps and it not dropping below freezing at night the season is almost over here. A big thanks to those who groom, track, and otherwise maintain this wonderful trail! I'll be sending a contribution your way soon.
(David Wilford)
Monday, March 18, 2019  posted: 3/19/2019 8:35:05 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Still a firm base with no pools of melt water anywhere yet, inner loop in decent condition with some foot prints in places but nothing I couldn't go over easily. Some ice in open areas but tracks in woods is o.k. Nice to get out for a few more days, hopefully.
Photos:  
(David Wilford)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 3:53:58 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  Skied the inner B loop at noon. Icy. People have walked on trail and someone skied classic down the middle of the skate deck. Twigs and leaves on the trail.
(Mark Carey)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 6:33:13 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Whew, what a reminder of how important our groomers are! I wish they'd been out there, but I'm grateful to the very strong and determined skier who made the tracks I could ski in -- much better than not skiing at all!
(Bonnie Corcoran)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 5:10:47 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Four to five inches of new snow fell on Saturday, so no grooming done yet but the classical skiing conditions were good with no ice on any of the trails. Parking lot and drive were not plowed but it was possible to get in to park at the trail head. Have fun while it lasts!
Photos:  
(David Wilford)

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