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Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
Burnsville, MN
Trail Length: 19.3k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 952-447-6913    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Expert only trails. Some of the most exciting and challenging trails in the metro. They need a really good snow cover to be open.

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

1 to 5 of 17    Month: Mar | Feb
Saturday, March 9, 2019  posted: 3/9/2019 12:09:42 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Overall, pretty good conditions this morning on the Razorback trail, considering the high temps yesterday and overnight freeze (and no new grooming). I would say about 5% icy, 5% forest debris, and the remaining 90% was good conditions. I was able to get in two loops of the Razorback without falling so I consider it pretty darn good! Due to the forest debris (twigs, branches, leaves, etc.), I suggest "B" skis to be on the safe side. Also, I tried out the Kettle Trail and it was likewise in good shape. Classic tracks were present and pretty good throughout the Razorback and Kettle, but intermittent forest debris to watch out for. Lots of folks enjoying this gem of a ski trail this morning!
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(Bill Oyler)
Saturday, March 9, 2019  posted: 3/9/2019 11:51:40 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Murphy was its typical mix of decent to marginal grooming. I skated most of the system. Although I normally stride here, I was skiing with a friend who only skates, so I did too - and I'm glad. Trail was a little icy and some ruts, so a little treacherous in places on Razorback, so classic would have been challenging (frightening?) especially because there were a lot of oak leaves in the tracks. The inner trails were better. A fun ski but a lot of work. It was definitely slowing down when I left at 11.
(Pete Thurmes)
Thursday, March 7, 2019  posted: 3/7/2019 5:21:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skate skied the full outermost 6-mile loop (Razorback). Great to have enough snow to ski these trails again. Generally pretty good, but they could use a couple more passes with the groomer on the skate deck to fill in the troughs and grooves and knock down the ridges. The set classic tracks looked excellent over most of the trail.
(Craig Wiklund)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  posted: 3/6/2019 6:43:46 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied Razorback and Knob loops this afternoon. It had been many years for me and I forgot how challenging and exciting the hills on Razorback are. Conditions were good although the trail gets narrow on many of the hills forcing skating over the classic tracks, a condition aggravated by some drifting. Grooming was a little uneven but it was great to be back on these exciting and heart pounding hills (both up and down!).
(Tim Nelson)
Tuesday, March 5, 2019  posted: 3/5/2019 5:23:14 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  My first time at Murphy, and conditions were great. Looks like they had been groomed this morning, I was first track on Razorback, and did that twice. All other trails once. Classic track was set on all the trails, I was skating, but hopped in on a couple areas and they seemed pretty fast. There were a couple windblown sections near the end, and a couple hills weren't quite flat, bowled in the center. Based on what I've heard though, it's probably as good as it gets here.
(Zach Varty)

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