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Center City, MN
55k
Skating/Classic
No
No
651-583-2125
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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 16    Month: Jan | Dec
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
I skied a loop from the trail center Amador prairie to Trillium trail, to Old Logging Road, taking the north part of Mitigwaki loop back to trail center and trails were great!
(Julie Anne)
Monday, January 23, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
First time at this park, very impressed - so many trails and trails are well-marked. Tried out Old Logging Trail and Mitigwaki loop, trails are well-groomed for classic with two tracks, nice for skiing with a partner. No debris on trails and no human footprints either! Quite a few wildlife tracks, saw a few deer on the trail. Some areas are getting a little out of shape due to use but still very enjoyable. I'll definitely be going back to this one! Thanks to the park staff and groomers for making such an enjoyable track for skiing!
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(Katie Faragher)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Skied south trails: Pioneer, Deer Creek, Dry Creek. Magnificent hoar-frosted forest and bountiful fresh animal tracks. Very good double-track set. Steeper sections are hard surface and fast, sometimes rough. A bonus to briefly hangout at the trail center while the MN Youth Ski League families started showing up near 2 PM.
(Bob Julian)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
I skied all the way north from the trail center to Trillium trail, then returned on the Old Logging Road / Mitigwaki loop route. Trails are perfectly groomed, both skate and classic decks are firm and crisp. 20°, I waxed blue/green, was just right. Enjoy!
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(Rita Minnichsoffer)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Absolutely perfect conditions! Trails and temps were so enjoyable. I skied classic. Full coverage, firm and not icy. Get out there!
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(Karen DeWitt)
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
A beautiful day for skiing, and great conditions. I skied the Deer Creek Loop. The small amount of new snow from midweek was worked into the tracks. Tracks were well formed and not icy, with isolated spots where the track edge was missing. I saw 22 swans as I went around the loop, and a namesake deer as well. Nice to see some sun!
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(Kris Backlund)
Friday, January 13, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Kudos to the groomer the ski trails at Wild River were absolutely pristine! Skied from about 10:30 am to 1 pm today. No icy spots whatsoever, very little debris, excellent coverage. Honestly haven't seen these great of conditions in years. Love all the wildlife including the swans and deer. Enjoy!
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(Shauna Verheyen)
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Wild River was great today, the freezing drizzle/ice did not reach there. All trails that I saw were recently groomed. Very few leaves and sticks. Quite the enjoyable time, and not crowded. Plenty of open water on the St. Croix.
(Doug Nelson)
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Another beautiful day for skiing. Going north on the Walter F. Mondale River Trail led to 40+ swans at the southern tip of the Nevers island. Very good snow coverage. The Old Logging Trail provided very nice tracks. You could tell though that there had been plenty of use throughout the day.
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(Kris Backlund)
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The trails were freshly groomed and in great conditions all over, as I did the full outer loops. They were clean of leaves and sticks, so could bring your good skis. Since it hasn't been windy, no overblown section. It was a lot more busier than usual.
(Karoly Horvath)

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