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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).

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season   view current season

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Monday, February 26, 2018  posted: 2/26/2018 3:05:51 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Exquisite. I took Shear Pin's advice and chugged around the outer loop mid-morning. It was a blast! I found the trail comfortably firm, but soft enough for my aging knees. The sunny exposures had already stared to soften by 10:30. This lap was my own personal way to celebrate 30 years of the volunteer efforts of the Woodlands Trail Crew. In those 30 years, they have built more than 12 miles of trail (all trails at Woodlands except for the GNT (old railroad trail), cutting over 5000 trees in the process. They have groomed more than 50,000 miles along with summer mowing and storm damage/disease tree removal. All of this is done out of love of community and a passion for winter recreation. Seeing all of the happy trail users this past weekend is why they do what they do. I could not be more proud of the accomplishments of the men and women of the Woodlands Trail Crew and would like to take this opportunity to thank them. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)
Sunday, February 25, 2018  posted: 2/25/2018 9:13:19 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Shear Pin and the Goddess-of-the-Trail (she hasn't been on a Skandic for a while) just finished their evening run with the rollers followed with the light screens for our Monday skiing pleasure. Tracks were set this morning on the interior trails and Wash Pond. The tracks got a really good run today as did the winter walking trail and skate trails. Groomer hint from Shear Pin: if you can call in late for work on Monday and ski before the day warms, you will not be disappointed and may be treated to the best Woodlands ski of the season. Enjoy it before it melts away!
(Dave Anderson)
Saturday, February 24, 2018  posted: 2/24/2018 11:03:31 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Chainsaw just reported in that he and Reverse finished their rolling run of our new 7.5 inches. Big snow events are big work for the trail crew. Ancient One and Blooming Onion will head out early Sunday for another pass before handing the sleds off to the dead tree cutting crew. Expect a soft trail for your Sunday ski. We will set tracks after the wind dies down on Monday. The roller humps will be screened during the week. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)
Friday, February 23, 2018  posted: 2/23/2018 8:01:01 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  With several of the Trail Crew across the boarder for the big race tomorrow, Eagle 17 to spring Babe from the Old Groomers Home for their evening run around the outer loop with the rollers. Tracks are set on trails west of the grade. Enjoy!
(Dave Anderson)
Friday, February 23, 2018  posted: 2/23/2018 12:03:07 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Four new inches rolled and ready for a nice soft ski. Ancient One and Reverse(earned his nickname this morning compliments of his extraordinary ability to roll in reverse as good as most of us can going forward) spent three hours rolling the trails curb to curb this morning. Expect very good, but soft, conditions. There are the usual roller humpty bumps that will be there until we can run the screens. Best snow of the year just in time for the weekend when most folks head to Wisconsin for their skiing fun. Lumber Jack is heading out now to set a few tracks for us. There will be a little biathlon activity in the park both Saturday and Sunday, so keep an eye out for them and our growing deer herd.
Enjoy this great winter weekend, wherever you choose to be on the snow!
(Dave Anderson)

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