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Woodland Trails
Elk River, MN
Trail Length: 15km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Maintained by Elk River Nordic Nordic Ski Club, these trails have become a hot-spot for fantastic skiing in the North Metro. Trails are largely wooded over rolling terrain, but some sections have good climbs and descents. Trails consist of several interconnected loops and are aptly named--be sure to check out the "Top-of-the-World" and "Gravity Box" as well as "Wash Pond Flats" to the NE of the biathlon range. There is not a warming shack, but at least one port-o-potty at the main parking lot. Primarily groomed for skate (not always tracked for classic).

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019  posted: 1/8/2019 2:06:07 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails: Closed ]
  What was slush yesterday is now ice, as feared, and there is nothing left to groom. Woodlands is kaput until it snows, sorry.
(Dave Anderson)
Thursday, January 3, 2019  posted: 1/3/2019 6:59:54 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skating trails really incredible considering the meager amount of natural snowfall this winter. Sure there is some leaves, putting a little hitch-in-your-giddyup. Yes, there is some icy sections, requiring you to relax, rather than stand tall and stiff. It is still skiing on natural snow, in January, at Woodlands. So how can that be bad. Only thing I was missing was a few whitetail deer crossing the trail to tell me that all is normal. Kudos to the groomers (could used a bit of scratching). Saw only a few skiers and a walker. The walking trails looked really worked up nice! There are no classic track set, but I still noticed a few classic skiers out strutting their stuff.
Photos:  
(Dean Kleinhans)
Monday, December 31, 2018  posted: 12/31/2018 6:11:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  A few inches of new snow (and still falling) on top of an amazingly good deck given the amount groomers had to work with. A few icy windblown spots east/north, but new snow was sticking to other areas really well. Downhills and corners were fun and allowed great control. Granted, conditions were not particularly fast today. Softer conditions on west side made for fun classic skiing even without tracks. Major kudos to groomers!
Photos:  
(Linda Evert)
Sunday, December 30, 2018  posted: 12/30/2018 9:20:50 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Conditions varied from very good to fair. Most of the trail east of the old RR grade - the more challenging portion - was in very good condition due in part to less traffic on it. Once you got to the bottom of the challenging hill towards the end of Scouring Rush it became more likely you would run into bare patches. Nevertheless, kudos to the groomers for getting the trail in great condition given the challenges of just enough snow followed by enough rain/melt that refroze to make the parking lot treacherous. I used last year's FastWax Red buffed with fluoro paste one I got to the top of X2. Despite temps in the high 20's and the appropriate wax, I moved pretty slow. Certainly that was mostly because I am not a strong skater but my wax did not seem right for the drier natural snow. It slowed me compared to its performance on the the corned, man-made snow at Hyland that I have skied three times previously this season. User traffic was very light. Only met four other skiers, all who passed me despite being off the trail before the Vikings game.
(Keith Carlson)
Saturday, December 29, 2018  posted: 12/29/2018 5:54:46 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Better than expected, as fast as I care to go. Some leaf debris, but manageable. Enough ice balls and powder on the downhills to allow control. If you are familiar with the trail, you know what to expect...or know where to hold your speed. If unfamiliar, the flatter sections might be more pleasurable for you. The dense cover has even the paved trails in great shape!
Photos:  
(Mark Rathbun)

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