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No Achen Trail
Aitkin, MN
Trail Length: 10K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-927-7364    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   No Achen Bicentennial ski trail winds through wooded areas and around small lakes. Varying degrees of difficulty from easy to difficult. Known locally as the Tank Trail. Crosses private land, please stay on the trail.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report

1 to 5 of 6    Month: Jan
Monday, January 28, 2019  posted: 1/28/2019 3:53:32 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Aitkin got a light 5" of dry snow. I was able to pack most of the trails with the Piston Bully. Grooming went fairly well for how dry the snow was, all trails that are available have been groomed. Leaves are starting to show on some south facing slopes.
Photos:  
(Brad Krause)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019  posted: 1/22/2019 8:16:59 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Groomed all of No Achen today. Snow was a very dry and fluffy 4 inches. Snow did not really add to base but I was able to mix it into the base to make a better skate lane base. Groomer did not like blending the two passes on the downhills, especially on the Black bear loop. The creek on the west side of the Lily lake loop is now frozen but there is not enough snow to groom over it, some rocks are still showing. I adjusted the track setter to the outside third of the skate lane to give everyone some more room. I'm off to ABR this week to get some ideas of new equipment and better grooming options.
(Brad Krause)
Monday, January 14, 2019  posted: 1/15/2019 9:19:32 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Groomed the outer loop of trails on Monday. I used the teeth to try and break up the ice. Snow did not pack very well and is very dry. The drag has a mind of its own when the teeth are down so I did my best to keep it going straight down the trail. On the West end of the Lily Lake Loop the creak at the bottom of the hill has opened up and has flowing water/rocks showing so use caution. I was able to open up the far west loop (Blue Lake Loop) that has been closed for a few years. I was not able to brush the whole blue lake loop. A small segment has raspberries sticking through roughly a 1/3 of a mile (classic skiing).
Photos:  
(Brad Krause)
Friday, January 4, 2019  posted: 1/4/2019 9:32:45 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Good training run on skate track. A little rough and soft in spots. But snow is deep and held up really well to warm afternoon. Extra thanks to Aitkin County staff for all the brushing work. Overall a great night. Additional grooming runs will only make it better. Thanks Brad.
(Brian Leitinger)
Friday, January 4, 2019  posted: 1/4/2019 11:57:45 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Overall...OK. Thanks to Brad for grooming and his "first run" explanation. Thanks to Aitkin County and the private land owners for the opportunity! Many sections of the classic track were set too close the the edge and sometimes in the underbrush making it difficult and maybe a little dangerous for classic skiers. I'll look forward to next time!
Photos:  
(Dave Sadlowsky)

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