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Isabella, MN
29k
Classic Only
No
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218-830-2457
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These classic single-tracked trails are set in the remote boreal forest of Isabella on Superior National Forest. The trails wind along lakeshores and through spruce/tamarack bogs and old pine, fir, aspen, and birch forests. Skiers can experience a wilderness character on mostly beginner to intermediate loops. Trailhead located at Flathorn Picnic area.
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Saturday, February 4, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Saturday's ski with groomer Gary and friends was spectacular. All but trails 19 to 24, 19 to 23 and 6 to 9 have been packed and tracked. The forest is like a NY city fashion show. Every tree is strutting a winter show outfit so unique and visually show-stopping. Trails had a little debris on them and slight fill-in from Thursday and Friday's wind, cold temps a ½ inch of snow. Open areas are slight to moderately drifted in but easy to ski through and a relatively short distance.
Photos:
(Nancy Schultz)
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Hallelujah, all trails except 19 to 24, 19 to 23, and 6 to 9 have been packed and tracked. Come out and enjoy the beauty of this amazing wilderness trail system.
Photos:
(Nancy Schultz)
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Today was another remarkable gorgeous day on the ski trails. Attached with this posting is a map showing the trails highlighted in pink that were packed and tracked on Saturday. The orange highlights indicate the trails that are packed but not tracked. There is a reasonable deck/base to ski on even though you will have 4 inches of powder to maneuver on the not groomed trails, see the picture attached regarding these particular conditions. Grooming plans: Wednesday, the groomers will be out making more progress on the trails highlighted in purple (packed but not tracked). The Isabella wolf pack also enjoys groomed trails, making it easier terrain to hunt.
Photos:
(Nancy G Schultz)
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Four inches of fresh snow fell on Friday (with strong winds) making the forest continue to be a winter wonderland but covering previously tracked and packed trails. The groomers were out Saturday and did a fantastic job of packing and tracking the eastern trails. Regarding the western trails, a few sections are packed but not tracked and/or skiers have been on them making them a backcountry (but not difficult) ski experience. Attached with this posting is a map showing the trails highlighted in pink that were packed and tracked. The purple highlights indicate the trails that are packed but not tracked. There is a reasonable deck/base to ski on even though you will have 4 inches of powder to maneuver on the not groomed trails.
Photos:
(Nancy Schultz)
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Morning
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Four inches of fresh snow fell yesterday making the forest continue to be a winter wonderland. With this 4 inches of fresh snow, breaking trail on previously packed and tracked trails will be less than ideal but still a good experience in this special place. Attached with this posting is a map showing the trails that were packed and tracked on Jan 23rd, this will help to let you know that there is a reasonable deck to keep you from post-holing with your poles. Grooming plans: The plan is to groom (track and pack) all trails on Saturday morning.
Photos:
(Nancy Schultz)
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Broke trail around much of the trail system that had been previously groomed. Maybe 30 percent has not yet been groomed or packed and was too deep for my classic track skis. The rest had about 5 to 6 inches of fresh snow overnight and thru the morning. Breaking trail was not too hard, but the underlying deck was soft and pole plunging was a problem that prevented anything close to smooth rhythm. When they groom, hopefully they will pack the classic deck well to allow strong poling. Beautiful forest with several bridge crossings of Little Isabella River that would have made good pics if I had a camera.
(Tim Nelson)
Monday, January 23, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Trails are near perfect where trails are tracked. The untracked trails are located between intersections 19 to 20. Unpacked and untracked trails are located between 19 to 23 and 19 to 24.
Photos:
(Nancy Schultz)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Although there are some damaged areas of track and snow-laden low branches, overall the course is near perfect. Get out there and enjoy it!
Photos:
(David Johnson)
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
All trails groomed/trackset today except for the following western segments: 18-19-20 (packed); 19-24 and 19-23 (unpacked); 19-20-16 (packed). We are getting there!
(Mary Shedd, Friends Of Flathorn Gegoka Trails)
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Fantastic afternoon skiing a beautiful pine and birch forest with the trees still loaded with snow and frosted crystals. The trails were in nice shape with soft snow - no icy ruts. Sections 5-15 are now open. Our group came back with 7 of our 8 ski poles remaining intact. Snowmobile repaired so we hear groomers will be back out Tuesday. Great job getting the many many downed trees free from the trails.
Photos:
(Karla Anderson)

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