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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

1 to 5 of 5    Month: Jan | Dec
Friday, January 18, 2019  posted: 1/18/2019 1:18:26 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The Upper Gunflint Trail System has spectacular conditions right now. I skied the Overlook and West End Trails today and found them to be in great condition. Most of the trails were groomed after the last snowfall a couple of days ago, and all trails have been published recently. So far this season, Gunflint Lake has received 47.5 inches of snow, making for an 8 - 12 inch base, and a 20 - 22 inches of powder beside the trails.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019  posted: 1/9/2019 9:07:05 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The trail conditions today were great. There has been 44 inches of snow this season, making for an 8 - 12 inch base, and 16 - 20 inches off trail. All trails were groomed on Tuesday.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Saturday, January 5, 2019  posted: 1/6/2019 10:43:17 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Plenty of snow but dissapointed in grooming. Set tracks allowed good striding in portions of Overlook, Highlands, Rabbit Run and Ham Lake trails but snow base has not been packed well and tree branches extend into ski zones, both from ground up and from side brush and trees. Needs some trimming. A bit awkward going down hills to get slapped by brush. Stepping out of track results in sinking into unpacked base. Not what I expect for $15/day fee. I will be going elsewhere to ski. Would be difficult to skate ski with these conditions.
Photos:  
(Dean Kleinhans)
Saturday, January 5, 2019  posted: 1/5/2019 4:07:48 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I skied the Big Pine Trail today. It was fast, but not icy. The base depth was 6 - 12 inches. Snow depths beside the trail ranged from 18 - 21 inches. There has been 41 inches of snow this season. Trail conditions are excellent.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)
Friday, December 28, 2018  posted: 12/28/2018 10:05:27 AM
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most ]
  We just got 10.5 inches of snow, bringing our yearly total to 40.5 inches. Snow depths beside the trail are from 17 - 22 inches. Trail base is 5 1/2 inches. The groomers are currently working on getting everything packed and tracked.
Photos:  
(John Silliman)


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