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Carlton, MN
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Classic Only
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218-384-4610
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Easy to difficult trails. The farther you get from the park office, the more difficult the trail.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 13    Month: Feb | Jan | Dec
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
North side trails apparently groomed yesterday with excellent results. Excellent conditions on White Pine, Greeley, first portion of Triangle. Very good on CCC return with a bit of washout along the river. Occasionally hopped from one track to the other due to one side deeper track than the other, and some minimal debris in a few spots (only exception is the usual pine needles above the dam on Jay Cooke Road). Big downhills are very fast but control is not a problem. I've been skiing on home groomed trails all winter, and this was so much better
(Joel Rosen)
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Skied all of the trails on the south side of the river. Lost Lake and Spruce trails had just been tracked the day before and were amazing. Other trails were a couple days to a week old but still really good skiing. Tracks were for the most part set to full depth and firm. The downhills on the Silver Creek Trail have been getting really snowplowed out but coverage is still good. I used my good skis but the only reason I put B skis is because it can get fairly thin in low, heavily shaded areas with some dirt and hemlock litter that you just have to be careful around.
(Ketzel Levens)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ B skis ]
I classic skied the Silver Creek Trail, Lower Lake Trail, and Upper Lake Trail. The snow was good and powdery. There were tracks from previous skiers, but there was not any grooming so the snow was not packed. The tracks were easy to veer out of on downhills. Any herringbone, snow plow, or fall erased the tracks.
(Max Buehler)
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
Skied East Ridge Trail and Silver Creek Trail. East Ridge was good, with some debris on trail. Tracks mostly intact. Silver Creek was great for the riverside of the loop, but the Fat bike/return half on the southwest side was terrible. Significant ice portions and covered in debris. Would not recommend.
(Aaron Klemm)
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Evening
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
I hiked the Superior Hiking Trail from HWY 23 up to the park HQ so followed miles of ski trails south of the river. Classic tracks are worn but skiable. Snow is hard with a few icy spots. There is small debris and needles in places but nothing that will damage equipment. There are a few, small rocks peeking through the steep hill on Silver Creek. It looks like many skiers walked down.
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(Nick Lansing)
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Very good conditions on the campground/north side trails late Saturday afternoon: White Pine, Greely, CCC, Thomson, and River Trail. A few thin and dirty spots scattered here and there that are easy to avoid, coverage is generally quite good. I came across just two other groups of skiers but also two groups of walkers, some with leashed dogs. Footprints were negligible, classic tracks are firm.
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(Tom Urbanski)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Skied White Pine and Thomson loops. Fortunate to arrive around 3:30 pm as the trails were getting a refresher. Lovely afternoon for a ski, couple of spots where snow is thin and roots/moss/needles showing up.
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(Paul Overvoorde)
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skied oak trail conditions OK. Met walker with unleashed dog as park is allowing them on ski trails without trail pass. Lucky did not meet on a hill. Disappointed in lack of new grooming. It can only get better, I hope.
(Russ Mattson)
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Mixed conditions today at Jay Cooke. Great conditions on CCC and White Pine north of the swing bridge. Across the bridge there are footprints everywhere and some trails not groomed.
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(Anna Richards)
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Saying most trails are open assumes you consider rolled trails or skied in tracks to be "open.". Skied much of the trails south of the bridge. Lots of walkers have packed things down, but the trail is still in pretty nice shape and was completely adequate for putzing around on some rock skis. There are numerous rocks poking through, which may be harder to spot with more snow. I wouldn't come here to workout, but I would come if you'd like to go on an easy ski with a friend who is comfortable on their skis.
(Mitchell Campbell)

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