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Hormel Nature Center
Austin, MN
Trail Length: 16K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 507-437-7519    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The J.C. Hormel Nature Center offers classic tracks and roughly 10K of skate skiing segments.

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

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Thursday, February 21, 2019  posted: 2/21/2019 3:41:30 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  All trails on the south end have been packed and tracked except for the Pine Loop, which will be groomed tomorrow. A loop has been packed and tracked in the north trails through the West Prairie, around the tower, and back. Grooming will continue in the north trails tomorrow, around the Prairie Garden Loop. The trails out to the Big Bluestem Loop (via the Headwaters Loop) are in rough shape due to buckthorn removal in progress--deep ruts and wood chips (grooming may not be possible in that area).
(Maria Anderson)
Monday, February 18, 2019  posted: 2/18/2019 3:14:00 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
  Trails have not been groomed since the weekend's snow, due to our snowmobile being out of commission, but where skiers have made their own tracks, the south trails are pretty skiable anyway. We're hoping to have the snowmobile fixed by midweek. A few sections of trail in the far southwest corner of the Nature Center (near the interstate off-ramp and 21st St) are temporarily closed while crews work on buckthorn removal.
(Maria Anderson)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 11:25:57 AM
Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
  The north trails (around the prairie out in the open) have drifted in pretty bad. Had a skier come in and mention that if you are not careful you could break a ski in some of the conditions. The southern trails in the woods seem to be holding up ok. Be careful of drifts but the trails are open for skiing. Will not be until the middle of the week before we have a working snowmobile for grooming again.
(Kelly Bahl)
Thursday, February 14, 2019  posted: 2/14/2019 2:44:58 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Tracks on the south trails in the woods are holding well, with good glide. One loop was tracked on the north trails (around the tower and Prairie Garden Loop), but any trails out in the open have been drifting in. Unfortunately, additional grooming won't be possible until the middle of next week due to a broken-down snowmobile.
(Maria Anderson)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019  posted: 2/13/2019 9:23:29 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  South trails (around the pond and in the woods) have been packed and tracked and are in good shape! North trails are not yet groomed due to drifting and bare patches from yesterday's strong wind.
(Maria Anderson)

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