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McCarthy Beach State Park
Side Lake, MN
Trail Length: 14.5k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-254-7979    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Scenic trails wind through stands of large red and white pines. For longer ventures, head out on the Taconite Trail for access to hundreds of miles of additional trails.

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

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019  posted: 1/22/2019 6:15:34 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Big Hole loop user tracked and excellent after the two inch snowfall. Will not require grooming until next dump or unlikely heavy use. Great to see the snowshoers staying of to sides of set ski tracks, plenty room for both if separate. Skiing now perfect, get going!
(Neil Gardner)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019  posted: 1/22/2019 5:45:58 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Groomed trails with classic tracks set and covered with 3" new light snow. I skied both the Red Top 8K and Big Hole 5K, awesome ski. Lots of deer and squirrel tracks.
Photos:  
(Arden LaBonte)
Monday, January 14, 2019  posted: 1/14/2019 10:27:56 PM
Secondhand 
  Volunteers have groomed the Big Hole and Red Top Trails off Ski Trail Road for X-Country skiing in Side Lake. The Lakeshore trail from the main park entrance is groomed as well, for those who enjoy scenery without the scary hills. A ski pass is required if skiing.
(Arden LaBonte)
Friday, January 11, 2019  posted: 1/11/2019 5:20:21 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Completed grooming all three loops: Big Hole (two days ago), Red Top (first time in five years), Campground (first time in three years). All in excellent shape with 14" snow in woods. Some short stretches and connectors are double tracked. Enjoy. Thank Tom for volunteering his time, machine and gas.
(Neil Gardner)
Monday, January 7, 2019  posted: 1/7/2019 4:33:57 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  First grooming in two weeks set on Big Hole Loop only. Wet, sticky snow made for difficult, but effective slow grooming. Will attempt other loops another week.
(Neil Gardner)

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