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Grand Rapids, MN
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Classic Only
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218-832-3161
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Located in the Chippewa National Forest, semi-primitive. Contains Joyce Estate, a historic northwoods retreat with log and stone buildings of Adirondack architecture. Rated beginner/intermediate.
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Reports 1 to 10 of 13    Month: Jan | Dec
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
2+ inches light fluffy snow. Set new classic tracks on all Trout Lake and Doan Lake trails this morning. South Trailhead to Joyce Estate has excellent conditions with minor dirt under dense pines on last hill before estate. Minor debris in random spots on spur to North Trailhead. Doan Lake very good with isolated thin spots.
(Carl Nordgren)
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
First time here. Fresh snow from a couple days ago was nicely groomed in. Great track. 16 deg. Perfect blue wax day. Absolute joy. Drove up from Duluth where the rain has messed up most trails. Well worth the trip.
(Trent Wickman)
Friday, January 15, 2021
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Set new classic Tracks on all trails tonight. Joyce Estate Trail is in excellent condition. Spur to North Trailhead is very good. Doan Lake Loop is overall very good. Spur from Trout Trail is best. Loop on south end still has a few thin spots under thick trees but much improved over previous condition. Tracks should freeze hard overnight and skiing be near perfect.
(Carl Nordgren)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Evening
Grooming Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
3+ inches of heavy wet snow...and still snowing. Grooming plans: I will not be groom until temperatures drop late Friday night or Saturday morning.
(Carl Nordgren)
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Wonderful ski today with bright sun and gorgeous hoar frost. Tracks were great, firm and well set, just a few dirt spots easily gotten around. Thanks Carl. Lots of folks enjoyed the trail today.
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(Peter Friedlieb)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Set new classic tracks on all trails. Joyce Trail from South Trailhead very nice. Just a little dirt on far north end. Spur to North Trailhead good but spots of debris here and there. Worse on far north end. Doan Lake is good with scattered thin spots. I did not set tracks under some of the thick pines.
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(Carl Nordgren)
Friday, January 1, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Tracks on Joyce Estate trail are well used but still in very good condition. The last uphill before the cabins has dirt on the left side of the trail under thick pines. Trout Trail from North Trailhead a little walked on but still good skiing. Doan Lake Trail showing a little wear from use but still good skiing with scattered thin spots.
(Carl Nordgren)
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed and set classic track on all Trout Lake and Doan Lake Trails this morning. 3” light fluffy snow. Trout Lake Trails are in excellent condition...maybe just a bit thin under thick Pine Trees. Doan Lake Trail still has a few thin spots mostly on bumpy sections. Should be easily avoidable.
(Carl Nordgren)
Monday, December 28, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
At trout lake, I skied the Doan Lake loop. A bit thin compared to the trail to Joyce. Only risk of ski damage is the two road crossings. Good tracks for such little snow. Thin and wind blown by the lake.
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(Craig Jarvinen)
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
Wonderful skiing. Snow deeper on the north side. Excellent grooming, thank you! Double tracked from south parking to Joyce Estate.
(Craig Järvinen)

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