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Theodore Wirth South
Minneapolis, MN
Trail Length: 10K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
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Notes:   South Wirth Park includes 10 kilometers of groomed trail, with a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Trails include JD Rivers Loop, Wirth Lake Loop, Eloise Butler Trail, Quaking Bog/Norm Oakvik Trail and Bridge Trail.

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Monday, February 18, 2019  posted: 2/18/2019 1:27:39 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Fantastic morning skiing the "Re-Loppet" doing the entire Wirth South (and North) system from Cedar Lake through the man-made loops. Fantastic conditions throughout the system on a beautiful bluebird day. This is truly a world-class trail system that is second to none. And the red beans and rice from Cajun Twist hit the spot at the end! Thank you to the Loppet Foundation for organizing the Re-Loppet. Hope they do this again next year. Trail conditions on the lakes were a "10", the rest of the south Wirth trails a solid "9", the man-made loops a "10", and the Judy Loop a "7", as that segment was still pretty soft.
Photos:  
(Keith Gilbert)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 1:05:32 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Since the North trails were closed for the races, I skied South and cut through JD Rivers to Eloise. Under the highway bridge, the snow was dirty but no worse than expected. The track on the way was skied in, but still firm enough for good skating. The track in Eloise and the Bog had plenty of snow for good skis, though there was some of the usual debris. Careful in the Bog, there are some branches to watch out for on the North side, especially coming down to the parking lot. As usual, the deck is a bit narrow for regular skating, especially on the connector tracks in Eloise and the Bog, so I end up doing a modified skate. Great snow out there! The only spots that could have used better signs were heading North into Eloise and then coming back into Eloise from the Bog (easy to go the wrong way up the hill).
(Dan Boody)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 8:11:20 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  With races closing off Wirth North, I skied every bit of Wirth South. At first I was disappointed with the mixed conditions: some soft sides, some ridgy centers, leaves here, unevenness there. But then I realized that after 3 months of skiing constantly groomed snowmaking loops around town, Wirth South is what real skiing looks like: it's a mix, and you take it as it comes. So go ski it -- lots of variety -- and enjoy.
(David Moore)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 6:56:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Best conditions of the season! All of the Wirth South trails have been groomed just right for classic and skate, best conditions I've skied in Wirth South for quite some time. There is some forest debris here and there, but then again, it's a forest! I'm liking the new flow to the trails in the Eloise Butler and Bog sections, and there are new, larger navigational signs so it's easy to go the right direction. Enjoy perfect skiing conditions on natural snow!
(Bill Oyler)
Thursday, February 14, 2019  posted: 2/14/2019 7:58:41 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied Eloise Butler and the Bog this morning for the first time this year. Generally speaking, I love the new course layout in Butler - very well done! There are a lot of people going the wrong way. Signs are up in Butler, but they are small and hard to see (especially if you are skiing around dawn/dusk). In JD Rivers and Bog, they have additional temporary signs up that are bigger with arrows and "wrong way" indicators. I do see a high potential for collision on some of the step, curvy hills if people are going the wrong way - be cautious! In terms of conditions, less than 24 hours after grooming, it's pretty chopped up. Tracks are hit and miss, but mostly viable. The snow is so soft they get crushed pretty easily, and the track is narrow so skaters cut into them. The bog was overall better condition, with less traffic. I hope they groom daily.
Photos:  
(Sam Knuth)

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