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Baker Park Reserve
Maple Plain, MN
Trail Length: 12.6k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 763-694-7660    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The trails pass through a nice combination of woods and lakes.

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

1 to 5 of 8    Month: Jan
Sunday, January 6, 2019  posted: 1/7/2019 12:15:38 AM
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  While all segments were open, both I and three experienced skiers who followed me when we returned to the chalet said the trails were too poor for anybody to be renting and that Three Rivers had overrated conditions. (They erased the white board after 2nd party complained.) Island was rutted ice on the sun-exposed uphills and ice on the downhills. The portion of Hill accessed from Island was actually ok but the access from the chalet across the golf course was again rutted ice. Once you were in the woods it was ok if you can keep good control going down the icy hill. (I did go down when I was skating to the top of Hill when I caught a leaf or twig.) Timber was actually okay after the initial icy hill. Prairie was again pretty good except for some minor rutting on more sun-exposed uphills. (Not blaming the groomers; there wasn't much to work with.) B skis only work if you are fast on switching from side to side to avoid bare spots and have enough control coming off hills to do that.
Waxing was really confusing. I did the perimeter on what should have been the right wax for high 20's/low 30's temperature, FastWax Salmon LF, which was slow on the drier snow. Switched to FastWax Yellow LF when I skied interior trails which skated better on the drier snow but still a little slow.
(Keith Carlson)
Sunday, January 6, 2019  posted: 1/6/2019 12:52:22 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Baker was pleasantly fair to good. We were out at 10 am. It's a mix of very good to ice down the hills. The Timber Trail was the best once you got out there. The short steep down hill on the way out was rutted ice (we took off our skis and walked down). Otherwise things were generally good. Fun on fresh snow.
(Diane Pattridge)
Saturday, January 5, 2019  posted: 1/5/2019 8:24:10 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Baker is for real. I had I great time skiing on natural snow. There are some rough spots but for the most part it was real good.
Photos:  
(Steve Dolan)
Saturday, January 5, 2019  posted: 1/5/2019 2:38:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Baker was great. I got rain last week, Baker got snow. A few bare spots easily avoidable. Place was empty. Nice to be on real snow with lots of subloops. Better than woodland last week...not any leaf litter. My choice right now.
(Scott Engstrom)
Saturday, January 5, 2019  posted: 1/5/2019 12:59:58 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Baker is still in excellent shape considering the temps yesterday. Skied late morning with similar conditions to what were reported previously. A few places with debris and icy patches here and there, but simply amazing considering the brown grass showing in most of the rest of the metro area.
(John Leaf)

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