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Grand Marais, MN
25K
Skating/Classic
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Primarily classical trails with an 8K segment off the FR 158 trailhead. Connects into Moose Trail and Cascade River State Park.
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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All trail segments on the most current map (A through V) were rolled and tracked. Portions of the unplowed road were also double-tracked. Windy conditions may impact some of the more open parts of the trail this weekend but the cold temps helped set tracks nicely. Please be mindful that the parking lot could fill up while you're out, so leave room for other cars and grooming equipment. The truck and trailer usually takes up the whole West side of the lot (same side as the kiosk/map) so keeping it clear Monday-Friday would help a lot! FR 158/ Bally Creek Road is narrow in spots, so be cautious on turns. Cascade Connector has still not been maintained.
(Kris Rich)
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All trail segments on the most current map (A through V) have been groomed and tracked, now including the L to K segment. The portions of trail on the road have been double- tracked. The Cascade Connector trail to Pike Lake Road still has not been maintained. The trail system is seeing quite a bit of use every day. Please be mindful that the parking lot could fill up while you're out, so leave room for other cars and grooming equipment. The truck and trailer usually takes up the whole West side of the lot (same side as the kiosk/map) so keeping it clear Monday-Friday would help a lot!
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(Kris Rich)
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
The outer loop trail (A-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K), one interior loop (L-R-P-O-N-A), and the trails east of the road (S-T-U-V-J) were regroomed and retracked this morning. Segment L to K is still not groomed but it is snowmobile packed. The Cascade Connector trail to Pike Lake Road still has not been maintained since the most recent storms. The trail system is seeing quite a bit of use every day. Please be mindful that the parking lot could fill up while you're out, so leave room for other cars and grooming equipment. FR 158/ Bally Creek Road is narrow in spots so be cautious on turns.
(Kris Rich)
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All trails (intersections A through V) on the most current map (besides L through K segment) were rolled and classic tracked. Parts of the wider road portion of the system (H, I, J, K, C) have been double-tracked. The Cascade Connector trail to Pike Lake Road still has not been maintained since the most recent storms. The groomer is still picking up some debris from earlier storms and the recent melting conditions, but pretty much all of the tracks are clear and should set up hard as it cools. While the snow has made for great skiing, please be cautious travelling FR 158/Bally Creek Road and using the trailhead parking lot as both become quite narrow.
Photos:
(Kris Rich)
Friday, January 13, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Most trails were groomed before the last snow. There's still a pretty good track but it's due for grooming again. Northern-most trails across the creek not groomed at all. Not sure if the Cascade connector has been tracked yet.
(Yvonne Mills)
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
All trails (intersections A through V) on the most current map (besides L through K segment) have been rolled and tracked. The Cascade Connector trail to Pike Lake Road still has not been maintained since the recent storms. Visitor use is picking up as skiing conditions improve. The latest snow and colder temperatures have hardened the tracks, making for great skiing. Please be mindful driving on FR 158/Bally Creek Road as it is narrow in spots. There is still some debris on the trail from the last storm.
(Kris Rich)
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
West side of road trails are excellent. East side has been packed, but no tracks set. Bally creek loop and moose rub trails have apparently been abandoned. They aren't even shown on the new maps. [ While the northern loops aren't currently shown on the map, the USDA website clearly states they are not groomed "due to time constraints, but we hope to be able to groom them later in the season" -- Ed. ]
(Michele Flynn)
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Trails were groomed and tracked on the west side of Bally Creek Road (FR 158), with the exception of I to Q, K to L, and the trails on the east side of the road (J, V, U, T, S, K). The trails on the east side (J, V, U, T, S, K) have been snowmobile-packed. In total, about 30 trees were cleared off the trail system and the road. Due to the recent storms, there is still a lot of fine tree debris on the trails. There are spots where brush and branches are still overhanging, so take care going down slopes. The Cascade Connector Trail down to Pike Lake Road still has not been packed, cleared, or groomed.
Photos:
(Kris Rich)
Saturday, December 24, 2022
Afternoon
Observation 
[ Trails: Closed ]
Road is heavily drifted over past Brazell Blvd, not passable in my low clearance Impreza.
(Tess Dornfeld)
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
All trails on the most recent Forest Service map (letters A through V) have been packed and rolled this week. No classic tracks were set, but you'll see a combination of hard packed snow from snowmobile tracks and a roller. Our crews are getting a handle on brush bending down from the last wet snowstorm, so please expect some hanging brush and take care going down hills. We have built a 20+" base that has set up quite nicely. Please take care going up FR 158 (Bally Creek Road) to the trailhead. It is all plowed but the road gets narrow.
Photos:
(Kris Rich)

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