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Upper Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN
Trail Length: 97k  Maps: | 1 Gunflint Lodge , 1 Gunflint Pines , 1 Hestons 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-388-2294
218-388-4454
218-388-2243
   
Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   45 miles north of Grand Marais. Large system near Canadian border and BWCA. Good mix of terrain with lots of overlooks. Many trails for classical with limited skating (~ 30K). A very good trailside restaurant! 3 trailside lodges (Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines Resort, Hestons Resort). 4K of lighted trail.

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 5:53:49 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  We still have snow on the Upper Gunflint Trail, and our ski trails are in good condition for this time of year. I skied on the Little Pine Trail today and found the trail base snow depths to be 7 - 13 inches. Off the trails, I observed everything from bare ground to 23 inches of snow. Overall, we have had 88 1/2 inches of snow this season. Due to the spring conditions, we are often seeing soft snow or ice on the trails (depending on the air temperature). I did not see any bare spots on the actual trails, but it would probably be best to come up to ski relatively quickly as we are seeing a fair amount of melting. Unless we get another big snowfall, grooming is done for the season.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 5:30:28 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The skiing conditions are still great on the Upper Gunflint Trail. Even after the warm spell and rain, we still have a 12 - 17 inch trail base, and snow depths off trail going up to 24 inches. Yesterday, we got an additional inch of snow, making our seasonal total 87 1/2 inches. When I skied around the Little Pine Trail today, I did not see any bare spots.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Friday, March 8, 2019  posted: 3/8/2019 10:27:04 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Our total snowfall for the season is at 83 inches. One more inch to 7 feet! The ski trail base depth is at 12 - 15 inches, and I found the snow levels beside the trails to be around 27 inches. We never got a mid-winter thaw, so the trails were not at all icy today. It is absolutely spectacular snow conditions for this time of year!
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Saturday, March 2, 2019  posted: 3/2/2019 3:38:40 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Conditions on the Upper Gunflint Nordic Ski system are spectacular! We received a total of 27.75 inches of snow for February alone, making a seasonal total of 82.5 inches. Base depths on the trails range from 15 - 16 inches, and off-trail snow depths range from 19 - 30 inches. All trails have been groomed in the last few days.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Saturday, February 23, 2019  posted: 2/23/2019 4:13:16 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  We got more snow last night, making a seasonal total of 77 inches. There is a 14-15 inch base on the trails, and 23-30 inches of snow beside the trails. The trails were groomed yesterday, making for a wonderful skiing experience.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)

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