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Red Cedar River Trail
Menomonie, WI
Trail Length: 13.0k  Maps: | 1 Menomonie Depot , 1 Irvington , 1 Downsville 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 715-232-1242    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   A groomed stretch from Menomonie to Downsville. Red Cedar Outfitters offer return van rides for a one-way ski trip. Follow direction signs from I-94.

Trail Reports:   2016-2017 season   view current season

1 to 5 of 15    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Saturday, February 25, 2017  posted: 2/25/2017 10:13:16 PM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  The dog-friendly section south of Downsville was not groomed - good 3-7" snow cover, enjoyable time breaking trail on about 5k, the 1st 2k had been tracked and snowshoed. Three downed trees across the trail, easy to get over. The trail going north from Downsville was groomed for skating - looked good.
(Karl Dewahl)
Saturday, February 25, 2017  posted: 2/25/2017 3:34:27 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Solid groomed for skate. 4-5 in base. Enough classic skiers have been out for decent classic grooming. Beautiful trail along the river the entire trip.
Photos:  
(John Whittington)
Friday, February 24, 2017  posted: 2/24/2017 10:14:22 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Unlike the Cities, there was plenty of snow. Estimate 8 inches. Probably 29 to 32 degrees, overcast with a north wind. Had to break trail. I used Blue extra. Over an hour drive in not the greatest conditions and $5 trail fee to break trail on my own but I found snow. In fact virgin, untracked snow. Obviously, it was slow - took me 45 minutes to do about 2 miles but I went 50% faster on my return in my own tracks. The aqua ice curtain that usually drapes a portion of the bluffs was largely melted. However, skiing fresh snow along the river that was running fast and high made for a nice ski.
Photos:  
(Keith Carlson)
Friday, February 10, 2017  posted: 2/10/2017 4:33:13 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Very good skating here around noon. Trail is flat and smooth. Noonday sun was making the hardpack glisten and lane was softening quickly where there was direct sun. Still was plenty fast at the end of the trip back in Menomonie. The coverage was perfect except under the County D bridge. The classic tracks were deep, with little debris. This gem is within an hour of St. Paul. There will certainly be melt and refreeze this weekend but if you time it for the sweet spot of 31-35 degrees it should be very nice.
(Mark Orlowski)
Friday, February 03, 2017  posted: 2/8/2017 2:19:08 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  One of the best trails that I've skied all year. I skated about five miles out from the trailhead (near Lucette Brewing) and then returned. The trail was in great condition, especially compared to most trails in the area. Snow was quick and groomers did a fabulous job...thank you! Highly recommend this trail if you are seeking a very flat stretch to ski, learn technique and/or just enjoy the river and surrounding scenery.
(Gary Simon)

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