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Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Lake Elmo, MN
Trail Length: 16k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-430-8370    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Mix of woods and open prairie over rolling terrain. All trails are groomed skate and classic. Almost 9K of lighted trails.

Trail Reports:   2015-2016 season  view previous season     File a new report

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016  posted: 2/24/2016 9:17:33 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Enjoyable spring ski conditions (skating).
My expectations were pretty low when I arrived today. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how good the conditions were. I stayed primarily on the green trail since it is mostly in the woods and has many north facing slopes. There were icy sections, but 80% or 90% of the trail provided great edging. The open stretch with about 0.5k left on the green was melting out, so I made my return loop to the chalet on the yellow. The green finger along Lake Elmo was particularly good and seems like it might last a bit longer. Enjoy!
(Torry Kraftson)
Monday, February 22, 2016  posted: 2/22/2016 1:37:24 PM
Grooming Scheduling 
  Due to the deteriorating trail conditions, the lights have been shut off and trails have been opened up to hikers, as well as skiers.
(Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)
Sunday, February 21, 2016  posted: 2/21/2016 5:43:26 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Fair. Some bare spots but very skiable. Skate deck mostly firm and holding fast against uncertain weather.
Regrettably, hikers (and their dogs) are now permitted on ski trails. As it's winter, hopefully this policy can be reversed -- trails are dangerous for walking and footprints only hasten deterioration.
(Charlie Corcoran)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016  posted: 2/16/2016 2:45:23 PM
Firsthand 
  Conditions: Mostly good for skating.
I skated most of the trails on the east side at around noon today. The grooming crew was working away and doing a great job of getting the most out of a thin base. There are a number of easily avoidable bad spots and only a few that are hard to avoid. Most of those are on the trail around the campground. If you get to Lake Elmo today, or tomorrow before the temps rise, you will find some good skiing.
(Jerry Beutel)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016  posted: 2/16/2016 1:50:34 PM
Grooming 
  East and west side groomed today - skate deck only. Trails looking good but the areas where the sun shines are deteriorating pretty fast.
(Theresa Young, Washington County Parks)

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