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Magney-Snively Trail
Duluth, MN
Trail Length: 14K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-730-4321    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The Magney-Snively trail has 14k of trail for intermediate and advanced skiers. This trail offers skiing through a beautiful hardwood forest with large hills and trees. This terrain is rugged and therefore is not recommended for beginners. The trail loops clockwise.

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

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Saturday, March 23, 2019  posted: 3/23/2019 11:12:59 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Everything is still entirely skiable. However, after the heat of today I'm not sure how much track will be left. When I departed at 10:00 AM after skiing the system, the snow was still lovely rocket fast but by now it's probably going to be a pretty slow march out there. Save your energy and hope that the trail traffic will be light enough and temperatures will go low enough tonight for the snow to firm back up for fast and fun crust skiing again early tomorrow morning. Or Monday morning. Yes, the road is closed but the trail system is maybe only a 1/8 mile walk further down from where you have to park. I marked the "good skis" option on this report because I saw no sign of any rocks, but this is spring skiing and it will get more unpredictable.
(Sara Zimmer)
Friday, March 22, 2019  posted: 3/22/2019 7:58:16 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Was surprised (but understood) that due to the very poor condition of the road, it was closed just before the Stewart Creek bridge. Walked in no problem. The trail was in excellent shape for spring skiing. Very happy I chose to skate ski. Temp was perfect for one layer and no hat. A great workout. The connector to Spirit was also in fine condition. Any earlier in the day and it would have been rocket fast due to low temps at night.
(William Humes)
Sunday, March 17, 2019  posted: 3/17/2019 7:19:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  4pm start. 35F. The skate lane was glazed in areas and soft in areas, overall fantastic. The classic track was perfect. There's no subsurface water flow yet, so all parts of the trail were fully covered and skiable. In my ideal ski fantasy world, the skate lane would be groomed again tonight after the temperature dips below freezing.
(Louise Levy)
Sunday, March 17, 2019  posted: 3/17/2019 1:42:22 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Magney was groomed earlier this morning. At 11am and 28F, it was absolutely spectacular for skating--pretty much the best I've ever seen it. I noted some leaf litter in the classic tracks here and there, but I'd still think classic skiers could do worse in the latter half of March. Note: Skyline Drive as you approach the trailhead is in terrible shape. Navigate carefully--I'd advise getting in and out early before the road thaws, as parts are clearly super-soft.
(Erik Riker-Coleman)
Friday, March 15, 2019  posted: 3/15/2019 7:50:40 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Groomed before the rain and warmth, and needs another grooming. The tracks were poorly set with the light equipment and are usable but not very good. In many places the track was set directly on the old tracks and there are three or four grooves. The base is over 2 feet so there is no reason not to groom again, so let's hope that happens a few more times!
(Bruce Bauer)

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