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Saint Paul, MN
18.0k
Classic Only
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612-279-3550
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The most popular trail is the Pike Island loop offering views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Afternoon
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Went to ski but all access points I saw were melted. Folks were hiking and snow was gone. It was my first time there, and nothing looked skiable.
(Darcie Vandegrift)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Went skiing on Saturday morning around Pike Island and saw five deer. Double track is in good condition around Pike Island.
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(Amy Radermacher)
Friday, February 19, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
A great day for skiing! Classic tracks were in good to very good condition with only a bit of debris in sections (Watch out for gravel under the bridge). Saw almost as many deer as skiers!
(Kathleen Walter)
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Still really good conditions from the park office to the end of Pike Island. The only part lacking track is the wind blown section by the beach and just south of there. Track picks up again south of the entrance road. Skied some of the interior trails on Pike Island today, too.
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(Sara Brokaw)
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Great classic ski this morning from the park office to Pike Island! Double track is in great shape on Pike Island and Single track is in good shape elsewhere with the exception of some rocks under the Mendota Bridge (usual spot for caution). Noted four bald eagles while out and a coyote crossing the Mississippi while on Pike Island!
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(Sara Brokaw)
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Appreciated skiing the double classical track through the woods around Pike Island. The southside was of course better protected from the wind than the north side. Recommend: ski clockwise, so wind is at your back on the north side.
(Kathie Culhane-Pera)
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Skied Pike Island. The south side trails are skiable but icy in places. Not great. The north side, as usual, is in a lot worse shape. It seems this part of the island gets less snow or more wind, not sure which. Between the ice and gravel in places, couldn't get much of a stride going. Wait for more snow to attempt it.
(Steve Young)
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied around Snelling Lake, and all of Pike Island. Trails open and groomed, but expect to see ice in 90% of the tracks. Need snow!
(Bruce Cibuzar)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
The trails on Pike Island were groomed, in pretty good shape and the best of the lot. Those leading to the island were OK, and had some troublesome areas with gravel (stones) in the tracks, and particularly around large tree trunks. The classic tracks on the multi-use trails were virtually non-existent due to walkers, snow shoe and bike riders. Bottom line: Pray for more snow!
(Jim Accurso)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Starting from the top of the Minnehaha Trail, at East 54th Street, the trail was obliterated by walkers and dogs. Two thirds of the way down to Fort Snelling Park, the groomer was rolling the path on the way uphill. I did one pass around Pike Island before making my way back uphill. The Pike Island trail was double tracked and the tracks were in great shape, although a bit shallow and a little gravel exposed on the north side. I cannot comment on the other Park trails because I did not ski them. On my return uphill to 54th Street I found that the groomer had finished work with a nice set of tracks in place. The last quarter of the newly groomed trail was already marked with walker tracks, dog tracks, fat-tire bike tracks. To conclude, trail conditions downhill will be variable.
(Robert Bergad)

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