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Boulder Junction, WI
20km
Classic Only
No
No
715-385-3355 x121
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This trail is very hilly, rolling and scenic. It winds around five different lakes, through stands of maple, aspen and balsam. There are a couple fairly steep hills requiring intermediate skiing skills. A shelter with a fire ring is located on the trail.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Conditions very good to excellent. Cut and tracked all loops. 2 plus inches of new snow last night to mix in for some really good track. Firm track and pole plant. Town of Boulder Junction doing a great job of keeping Nebish road as wide as possible but stay to right on corners and hill crests. Plenty of new animal tracks witnessed today such as Fox, fisher, squirrels, 2 deer,and snowshoe rabbit. While grooming last week I saw a raccoon and a weasel in its winter white coat on the red, Escanaba loop.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Monday, February 17, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Cut leveled and tracked green loop. Surface was increasingly bowl shaped so cut out hard track and cut down area next to track for more level surface side to side. Able to widen herring bone hills. Filled in many crash sites. Short loop and loop around Escanaba lake still in fair to good shape. Plan is to re-work outer loop tomorrow morning and mix in some fresh snow.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Friday, February 14, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Firm base and tracks, tracked all loops but some shallow track and blocky under pines. Very good track on majority though. Good pole plant and one skier coming off said really smooth. Birds at the feeder and will welcome any handouts offered. A zip lock bag of sunflower seeds is easy to ski with and useful to birds when minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit like this morning. Road narrow from plentiful snow so stay to right on the way in.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Monday, February 10, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
I skied the entire red loop. As the groomer states, he groomed the green loop which is the same as the red loop out to the trail hut. Tracks were shallow in spots. Unfortunately, control on the steep downhills was difficult as I could not get an edge on the skis. They didn’t go where I wanted them to go and as I result, I fell at least six times on the steep downhills which is highly unusual for me on this trail. As the groomer states, he did not groom the red loop past the trail hut. I had no problem with control on the steep downhills on the rest of the red loop. I then skied the yellow loop which had been groomed except for the section from the red/green cut off to the yellow return leg. The section down to the trail hut was a hair raiser with the narrow bridge and conditions not conducive to good ski edge control. Be careful there. Obviously, I had to negotiate that twice, once down to the trail hut and then back again to the parking lot.
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(Jim Gantz)
Monday, February 10, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The existing tracks are better than what I could work up. I tried to re-track but only left chunks so had to cut twice then level, then cut and track. I reconditioned and tracked the green loop only, then left for the day. What is there is very good and one half inch of dry snow yesterday makes for debris free tracks. We tried, but this is one of those times where what is there, is better than result of reconditioning. Green reconditioned loop in good shape and the rest was left as that also was in in very good shape.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I have always wanted to ski these trails, and finally got the chance. And conditions were perfect. The tracks were firm with a couple inches of fresh for bomber kick. Beautiful rolling trails through diverse, lovely forest around lakes... And peaceful silence. Plus the wonderful company of friends and spouse. This is why you ski.
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(Sue Schroeder)
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Cut and tracked green loop around Pallette Lake and yellow /short loop on February 4th. Really good track and set up well with firm pole plant and able to widen herring bone hills. Finished reconditioning red loop and now tracked, February 5th, so all loops tracked and in good shape. Go slow on the road into the trail and stay on your side. Road is narrow, barley two cars wide due to deep snow and high banks on side of road.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Cut and tracked green loop around Pallette Lake and yellow/short loop. Really good track and set up well with firm pole plant and able to widen herring bone hills. Only able to cut track out of red loop around Escanaba Lake but plans are to finish cutting and tracking red loop tomorrow. Will update when completed.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed and tracked green and yellow loops on Tuesday. Excellent condition. Outer loop around Escanaba Lake was still in excellent condition so did not re set track. Steady temperatures in the teens at night and 20's during the day with very little wind this week, so no breakdown of tracks or drifting. Checked tracks today and still in excellent shape so did not re-track.
(Dan Jacoby, Wisconsin DNR)
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Excellent conditions. On days like today Escanaba is one of the best trails anywhere. Thank you for outstanding grooming!
Photos:
(Steve Turner)

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