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Jay Cooke State Park
Carlton, MN
Trail Length: 51K  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-384-4610    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Easy to difficult trails. The farther you get from the park office, the more difficult the trail.

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

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Sunday, February 3, 2019  posted: 2/3/2019 5:02:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Very good track on White Pine, Greeley, Triangle, and CCC Trails. With temperatures in the mid to upper 20's, downhill sections were plenty fast, but purple kicker wax worked quite well on flats and uphills. Oak leaf debris was noticeable and somewhat distracting on the outbound section of the White Pine as well as short stretches on the Greeley and Triangle, and there was some heavy pine needle debris just past Jay Cooke Rd on Greeley east of the dam (the usual spots following a breezy day like Friday). As expected, CCC track through the popple forest had seen a bit more traffic than the other trails since grooming, but it was virtually debris free and the best segment to really "let 'er rip". While Jay Cooke is not groomed as regularly as some of the Duluth locations, it is arguably the most scenic trail system in Minnesota. The best scenery is east of the River Inn on either side of the Swinging Bridge, especially White Pine and Triangle on the north side and Lost Lake and Spruce on the south side.
(Joel Rosen)
Saturday, February 2, 2019  posted: 2/2/2019 12:15:41 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  World class Classic! Spruce off 23, freshly groomed. Thimson, CCC, White pine, all tracked and fantastic.
(Chris Gustafson)
Friday, February 1, 2019  posted: 2/1/2019 5:08:41 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Groomers had rolled trails and were setting tracks as we skied on white pine, greely and oak trails this afternoon. Trails are all classic, snow was very good to excellent. Lovely afternoon.
(Linda Johnson)
Saturday, January 26, 2019  posted: 1/26/2019 2:57:19 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  All trails open and amazing. Warmer in the woods! I did the Spruce loop, so remote and not always groomed, so get at it while you have the chance. Remember your MN ski pass.
Photos:  
(Annie Gustafson)
Friday, January 25, 2019  posted: 1/25/2019 9:59:29 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  A little frigid today, 3-5 below, but the trails were nicely groomed, very good overall, plenty of snow. Skied CCC and Thompson trails and East Ridge trail across the swinging bridge.
Photos:  
(Wayne Nelson)

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