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Washburn Lake Solitude Area Trails
Outing, MN
Trail Length: 21.3k  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-947-3338    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Located in the Land O'Lakes State Forest, the trails are rated novice to expert.

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

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Sunday, March 17, 2019  posted: 3/17/2019 10:45:28 AM
Firsthand Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  After some discussion Sarturday between a few of us groomers, we decided that with such a tremendous snow base we'd try to keep it going as long as we can. I waited until mid-afternoon for it to warm up, and was able to use the cutters well enough to get through the crust and set a pretty good track over most of the course. A skier went through immediately afterwards and reported excellent conditions for most of the trail. I skied this morning after the lightest dusting of snow overnight and concur. Well over 95% is excellent track. Some of the drifted areas along the lake are so uneven that I raised the track-setter for some of it to avoid cracking the fiberglass rod (which occurred a couple weeks back though we really don't know what did it). We'll see what the future holds with the warm-up for how long we continue. At this time there are no plans to continue grooming the south trails. With the conditions as they are it is very time intensive and we just don't have the availability to do it.
(Paul VanderWaal)
Saturday, March 16, 2019  posted: 3/16/2019 5:51:26 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Just finished skiing the north trail, fresh groomed, it was great. I had repaired the groomer to 100% this morning, finishing rewiring the knife motor, and replacing the fractured tracker spring. The three of us met another skier on the trail, and another vehicle was in the lot.
(John Elliott)
Friday, March 15, 2019  posted: 3/15/2019 11:40:47 AM
Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails: Closed, Rock skis ]
  With the rain and now the freeze, the snow is very crusty. Unfortunately, the part of the groomer that can cut this up is not currenly working, so we are unable to groom. There is a slight chance of repair, but I cannot reach the person that would be making the repair to get a current status. The forecast had originally predicted snow for last night, but since we didn't receive any, we can only groom if we can cut up the surface. Next week and into the foreseeable future, daily highs in the's will not allow for much more trail use anyway. We may be done for the season. If that changes, we will post here again.
(Paul VanderWaal)
Saturday, March 9, 2019  posted: 3/9/2019 9:53:38 AM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Fantastic morning ski! Trail was fast! Skied Central Corridor, Cut-thru, North Loop and East Leg. Thanks grooming the trails! It is much appreciated.
(Diana Olson)
Thursday, March 7, 2019  posted: 3/7/2019 9:05:53 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Groomed all the North trails today. So whole trail is done. Trails are in excellent condition except on the Lake side where there was a lot of drifting. I got stuck twice but made it thru with the help of the winch. Snow depth is 28" track base is 8" so we should have good skiing for a couple weeks. Moved a wolf killed deer off the SE portion of the lake loop where the hill is.
(Gary Anderson)

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