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Hackensack, MN
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Classic Only
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218-947-3338
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Another set of trails within the Foot Hills State Forest, these are rated from novice to expert.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 19    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I made one trip around Hiram late this afternoon to reset the track and try to cover up as much of the forest litter as the old groomer could do with no new snow to work with. The track looked like it was forming pretty well but a little shallow on some of the hills that had been packed hard from all the herring boning. Much of the forest litter looked like it was getting covered up. Hopefully the track will firm up overnight and the deer won't do to much damage.
(Paul Klinger)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied at Hiram this morning and conditions are very good to fair. The parts of the trail that had no deer damage or pine trees near by were in very good condition. The strong winds today are bringing down more oak leaves, needles and sticks. The worst areas for sticks and needles are those parts of the trail going through the more dense stands of pine. There are also clumps of snow falling out of the pines and landing on the track making it lumpy in some areas. The deer walked down some sections of the track over night and really tore those parts up. You can still ski in the track but it is very lumpy now. Still a nice morning ski over all.
(Paul Klinger)
Monday, January 20, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I groomed Hiram Ski Trail this morning after around 6 inches of new snow Friday night and Saturday morning. Made several passes around the entire system with the groomer trying to pack down all the new snow. The track set deep but there are ragged spots here and there because of the track setter collecting chunks of ice from the snowmobile. There are some leaves, needles and sticks mixed into the new snow after the strong winds on Saturday but not enough to be a problem right now. The deer were already walking on the trail before I made the final pass setting the track and they were sinking deep into the snow since it is still rather soft. It should firm up more as the temperature drops so hopefully the deer won't ruin the track before it hardens up. The parking lot was not plowed as of 1:45 PM today but I was able to get in and out with my small front wheel drive car.
(Paul Klinger)
Friday, January 17, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied at Hiram this morning and skiing was good over all. The track is deep and fairly firm with the snow getting faster as it warms up. The deer have ruined a couple of sections of the track as they look for easier walking with the snow really getting deep in the woods. The wind is starting to pick up so more leaves, needles and sticks are falling onto the trail today. I gave it the B skis rating because of the sticks falling into the track but if your careful you could use your best skis.
(Paul Klinger)
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I groomed and set new track at Hiram Ski Trail today after 3 inches of new snow yesterday. I made several passes to firm up the trail. The track formed up well over all except for a few ragged spots from chunks of ice collecting in the track setter. I did a test ski after I was done grooming and the track and deck were firming up well. The deer had already started walking on the trail and really messed up one section. Beautiful afternoon with all the new snow and blue sky with plenty of sunshine. Temperature got up to around zero and there was no wind when I was skiing.
(Paul Klinger)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I made one pass around Hiram Trail this morning to reset the track after the 3 or 4 inches of new snow last night. The oak leaves and sticks are pretty well covered up again. The track formed up pretty well but it and the pole deck are fairly soft. It should firm up as the temps drop. Very beautiful morning in the woods with all the new snow. Get out and enjoy.
(Paul Klinger)
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed Hiram today to try to cover up as much of the leaves and sticks as I could plus smooth things out a bit after all the traffic. It took multiple passes with our old groomer to work up enough loose snow to cover up the forest litter as best I could and reset the track. Most all the sticks are covered and the leaves are mixed in well enough so that not many are showing through in the track. The track formed up fairly well with not having any new snow to work with and the old groomer not being able to dig very deep into the hard pack. It will take more new snow to make things better. I skied it after I was done grooming and it was good skiing but the sides of the track are still some what soft. Hopefully it will firm up more overnight.
(Paul Klinger)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
I skied at Hiram this afternoon and there is a lot of forest litter on some parts of the trail. I cleared most of the sticks off the trail when I skied yesterday but the wind last night and today brought down more sticks plus more oak leaves. Some segments are still fairly clean but in other segments there are enough oak leaves in the track it really puts a lot of drag on the skis. The track is getting washed out on some of the hills but over all is still holding up well. If the track was clear of all the forest litter it would still be fairly good skiing but with all the leaves it is slow and grabby in some places.
(Paul Klinger)
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The trails were in fantastic condition. Thanks Paul Klinger for doing a wonderful job grooming Hiram! I did run into some people who were snowshoeing. They were staying off of the main tracks but walking along the edge which wasn’t good for the ski poles. I did mention to them that snowshoes really wasn’t allowed when the trails were groomed for cross country skiing. At least I didn’t meet any dogs today. All in all, a fabulous day for skiing!
(Jane Korsberg)
Friday, January 3, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied at Hiram this afternoon after grooming this morning and over all conditions are good. The track was firming up well and the snow was fairly fast with good glide. The leaves and sticks mixed into the snow were not bad so it would be ok to use good skis. The track in some places is broken out and some hills are all ready washed out from herring boning because it did not have enough time to firm up before being skied on. There is also damage to both the track and pole deck from someone bringing a dog onto the trail. Just a reminder please don't bring dogs onto the groomed ski trail, that includes no skijoring please. Hiram is a classic skiing only trail. It should be good skiing this weekend so get out there and enjoy winter.
(Paul Klinger)

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