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Woodland Trails
Elk River, MN
Trail Length: 15km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
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Notes:   Maintained by Elk River Nordic Nordic Ski Club, these trails have become a hot-spot for fantastic skiing in the North Metro. Trails are largely wooded over rolling terrain, but some sections have good climbs and descents. Trails consist of several interconnected loops and are aptly named--be sure to check out the "Top-of-the-World" and "Gravity Box" as well as "Wash Pond Flats" to the NE of the biathlon range. There is not a warming shack, but at least one port-o-potty at the main parking lot. Primarily groomed for skate (not always tracked for classic).

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Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 6:49:00 PM
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Groom-ski-repeat! There were plenty of hot laps on our little loop today, so we will do it again in the morning. Grooming plan: The woodchoppers will be heading out at 8 am, so grooming will be done by then. Use caution on your first lap. Enjoy the speed after that.
(Dave Anderson)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 4:23:55 PM
Firsthand Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  This just maybe the best 3.5k loop in the area. I have it on good authority that there is a grooming run scheduled for tomorrow morning before 8:00am. So if you have the time put on the green tights and enjoy a couple laps on St. Patty's Day.
(Robert Bullis)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 10:55:35 AM
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  The groomed loop is very good. Fast and icy, but able to get an edge. Just shy of 4k as per my watch. A little bit of everything, uphills, downhills, and flats. Get out there before it gets too warm, you won't regret it! As posted earlier, stay on the groomed trail. There are lots of puddles on other segments, and on my reconnaissance mission yesterday to see what we could groom, I put my skis in the middle of one that snuck up on me. Needless to say, wet feet in the cold is no fun.
(Zach Varty)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 9:15:18 AM
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Neither bitter cold, nor deep snow or in today's case, a moat around the Grooming Cave, shall keep the trail crew from their appointed rounds. I stopped out to help Ancient One and Taxi start their grooming run. They used a tow strap to pull the screens to higher ground and off they went. They pulled the Godzilla screens around the Scouring Rush-North Mickey-Prairie Loop three times to scratch up a little traction on our 3k loop. B skis recommended so you don't tatter the edges of your good skis. Early skiers should expect lickety-split conditions which should improve (slow) as the day warms. Stay on the groomed trail. Ski with caution appropriate to the conditions.
(Dave Anderson)
Friday, March 15, 2019  posted: 3/15/2019 8:20:13 PM
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  We sent out Biathlon Girl and the New Coach on a scouting ski this afternoon. The only portion of the outer loop east of the grade, not interrupted by water, is Scouring Rush. The west side trails (flatter trails) are all ok. Grooming plans: Taxi and AO will be out with the Godzilla screens to groom a few km. They will groom A-D-E-N-M-U-V-Y-K-J-H-I-A, about 3km. Skiing for the very desperate? Ski with caution on your first little lap.
(Dave Anderson)

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