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Wild River State Park
Center City, MN
Trail Length: 55k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-583-2125    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   With trails from beginners to expert and a very modern, heated trail center, Wild River State Park is one of the hidden gems for cross-country skiing in eastern Minnesota. The Aspen Knob loop is extremely challenging.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019  posted: 3/7/2019 2:36:12 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Tuesday was my first time skiing this week. I skied the Dry Creek Trail out and back. It was clear the trail was well-loved by skiers and the deer, so tracks were not perfect, but still in good condition. A fresh grooming would touch up the tracks. Plenty of snow out there, and some stick litter also with windy weather lately.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, March 3, 2019  posted: 3/3/2019 10:58:15 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  They have groomed the trails since the last snow fall and they are in excellent conditions (park website conditions are not updated). Looks like some has wondered off toward Sunrise River, I might try that sometime...
(Karoly Horvath)
Sunday, February 24, 2019  posted: 2/25/2019 11:03:02 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I skied from the Visitor Center to the Nevers Overlook to stay out of the wild wind Sunday. Conditions were good to very good in freshly groomed tracks. There was some leaf and stick litter due to the wind. The tracks were still a little bit soft. I saw trumpeter swans and an eagle down by the river. The sun was great, and the wind was howling, but much better conditions than Saturday when I tried skiing Amador Prairie and the Nevers Dam trail. I actually stopped at the road crossing and skied back to the Trail Center on the road due to extreme sticking on my waxless skis. Hopefully people with wax skis had a better time skiing Saturday. The couple inches of fresh snow then, plus drizzle and temps at or just above freezing were not a good combination for my equipment. It looked like another couple inches of fresh snow overnight Saturday into Sunday.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 10:38:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Finally back out on the trails. I skied the River Access Road hill, River Trail going north, Nevers Dike, and Old Logging Trail. It was clear the trails were well used this weekend, but the tracks were holding up well. Best snow and skiing of the last few years. I would say good to very good conditions for classic skiing. There were some oak leaves blown into the tracks on the home stretch going down the Old Logging Trail, but that's not surprising with some wind in recent days. In the wildlife category, I saw deer, a nuthatch, a robin and trumpeter swans. Didn't have a chance to ski there, but saw the groomer out combing and setting a single track on the Amador Prairie loops, so that may address some of previous concerns.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 10:24:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied Mitigwaki to Old Military Rd. to deer Creek Loop and pioneer trail. There is a double classic track which is in good shape. Plenty of snow. Beautiful views of the St. Croix River, the deer Creek Valley, and Meadows and Woods. There were a few people out but not nearly as many as I expected on a Sunday. There was a sign indicating the Highland Hills Loop trails were closed because of conditions. They are advanced trails.
(Wayne Nelson)

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