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11km
Classic Only
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In spite of being located in rugged terrain, the trail is suitable for skiers of moderate ability. Only the 8.6 Km loop has climbs and down hills that demand intermediate skiing ability.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Great stop on these fun, flowing, classic trails. Freshly groomed, appears I was the second skier on this grooming. Some twigs poking up in small segments. I was concerned when I read that snowshoeing would be allowed on these fairly narrow classic trails, but there was no damage on the trails and it appears that attentive snowshoers could stay to the side of the classic tracks. Fun trails on great grooming.
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(Sue Schroeder)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Groomed in the couple inches of fresh snow today. Tracks look great. There is some debris on the trail under the hemlock stands. The open water that crosses the trail has a snow bridge over it, but still use caution. Warning sign is posted and flagging is marking the area. It’s crossable, but at the bottom of a hill, so wanted to give a heads up about it. Trail is open to skiing, skijoring, and snowshoeing! It’s beautiful out there!
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(Katie LeMoine)
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Charming old-school trail. Nicely groomed but starting to fill up with debris. Grooming crew deserves much credit as you could see evidence of the significant brush removal effort recently. Conditions were very fast/glazed. Someone had hiked up to the first trail junction and the track had taken a beating. The open brook at the bottom of the hill near the end (all loops) is still open and it’s not a good scene. I avoided taking a bad (wet) fall but not by much, and I have intermediate skills (would have eaten my kids for lunch). Attention signs (at a minimum) are warranted. All that said, fun skiing in a beautiful setting.
(Eric Sherman)
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed in the 3-4 inches of snow on all loops, and set nice looking tracks. The wet heavy snow bent a lot of brush into the trail, but we were able to remove most of it the last couple of days. The high winds have brought down a lot of sticks, and there is some debris on the trail. Penokee is now open to skijoring, classic skiing, and snowshoeing.
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(Katie LeMoine)
Friday, January 8, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
The trail was very fast but but wearing thin in spots with a few rocks. On the return trail there is a open creek cutting across the trail. The exact location is posted on a map by the first intersection. It's at the bottom of a hill with no warning.
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(Tom Stieber)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I did the 5k loop as the sun was setting. Some of the parts in the second half had a lot of baby trees coming up and could use some mowing (or at this point more snow). The creek crossing was unexpected, and a sign at the top or trailhead would have been nice. Since I wasn't exactly where I needed to be and didn't ski jump, I ended up rear in the creek and hurting days later. I would wait until there is more snow to ski this one, and/or make sure that you know how to navigate the creek. It is towards the end of the trail, on all loops.
(Anna DeMers)
Monday, January 4, 2021
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Groomed in about 10 inches of snow at Penokee today. The tracks look excellent, and the woods are beautiful. Penokee is open to skijoring, snowshoeing, and classic cross country skiing. There is a 3-sided shelter on the trail that can be used for camping, or just taking a break. Get out there and check out this gem of a trail!
Photos:
(Katie LeMoine)

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