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Hoyt Lakes, MN
18 km
Classic Only
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218-453-8650
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Trail meanders through northwoods country with black spruce bogs and hills of aspen and birch. Most of the trail is for beginners and intermediate skiers. Two trailheads offer access.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 14    Month: Jan | Dec
Friday, January 27, 2023
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
It's a beautiful thing when you look back and the track looks perfect. If you don't have skis you find yourself wishing you did. The fresh couple inches left it looking great but the drifts were coming across before we get out and back. All sections are freshly groomed. Enjoy it before the bitter cold sets in.
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(Roxanne Tea)
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Our FS grooming crew where at it again today, as we had damage from an ATV on the trail. The crew was able to clear the trees and pack with snowmobiles the section from 3-5, but it is too soft to set a track. We may not get the section set from 4-8 this year as the swampy areas are not freezing well. The rest of the trail is in great condition!
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(Roxanne Tea)
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
100 % surprised! It has been many years since my last kilometers unfolded on this quaint out and back trail system. The terrain gently rolls through the Superior National Forest - with a ton of personality - around every corner. The tracks were well set and the pole plants were A+. (A round trip earns 21k in the ski log) Thanks to the USFS for maintaining and grooming! It definitely shows that this little trail is well taken care of.
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(Cheri Johnson)
Sunday, January 8, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied the Bird Lake trail from Hoyt Lakes to the east towards Bird Lake, and conditions were excellent. Firm, well set up tracks that were a little shallow but fast. Lots of animal tracks - it was a beautiful ski through the woods.
(Jack Greenlee)
Thursday, January 5, 2023
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
This morning we cleared the rest of the downed trees from Bird Lake loop. It is now groomed with a track set. It is not in the best condition, there is a lot of debris on the trail. We hope to get the section from Bird Lake trail head to Lillian Lake groomed tomorrow.
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(Roxanne Tea)
Monday, January 2, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skied bird lake trail from hoyt lakes. Trail set, some snowshoe tracks over ski tracks at start of trail but otherwise good snow. Did not have any debris on trail.
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(Michelle Engbretson)
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
This was my first time skiing this area. I used the trailhead closest to Hoyt Lakes and skied towards Bird Lake to trail marker 3. The trails had just been groomed and were in excellent condition. Clearly some major trail clearing had occurred and I appreciated the effort expended by staff to make this wilderness of roller coaster type trail of spruce, popple, and birch accessible to us winter people. The downhills have good sight lines and the trail seems to meander along a comforting higher path of quiet beauty. Probably not for the true beginner but one that can be enjoyed by all other attitudes. I stopped often to listen and look on the way out, but quickened my pace back to the truck before dark and found the undulating track and double poling pace quite exciting, but certainly not terrifying in a wolf chasing you kind of way that the imagination can inspire as the night descends. I will ski in from the other side today and certainly start much earlier to try and survey the whole course.
(Michael Wilke)
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Forest Service has groomed and set track from Hoyt Lakes parking area east to the Lillian Lake loop. Happy New Year!
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(Roxanne Tea)
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Trail is now packed from East of Hoyt Lakes parking lot to the Bird Lake parking lot. Plans are to start setting track tomorrow. Plans are to get the lake loop packed next week with snowmobiles.
(Dave Coy)
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Morning
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Progress continues on the packing end of the trail. Made it from the Bird Lake parking lot to #1 headed West towards Hoyt Lakes. Another attempt will be done today, still finding lots of overhanging brush and fallen trees.
(Dave Coy)

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