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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     Request a new report

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Thursday, March 7, 2019  posted: 3/7/2019 8:15:33 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Beautiful sunny day to be on the trails! Skied the Central Corridor - this corridor plus the entry point had been walked on; so very little of the track was there. The Cut-thru and the East leg were much much better without people tracks, in spots the track was pretty shallow. There were snowshoe tracks on the sides of the Cut-thru and the East Leg, fortunately not on the ski track! I did not ski the Lake loop or the North loop.
(Diana Olson)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  posted: 3/6/2019 7:20:20 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Today all of the south trails have been groomed. We earlier thought that due to significant drifting in spots that we'd give up the south for the season. But I skied them earlier this week to see how bad the drifting was and found others had been out. Given there is demand, we decided to open it up. In the end - it wasn't so bad. A few passes with a couple of snowmobiles to pack it down and it was ready for grooming.
(Paul VanderWaal)
Monday, March 4, 2019  posted: 3/7/2019 8:54:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Skied the far north and east part of the trail. There was a little snow in the tracks but there was still good glide.
I would rate the ski conditions as good.
(Gary Anderson)
Friday, March 1, 2019  posted: 3/1/2019 6:55:25 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Returned this afternoon to try to open the lake loop trail on the North trails from the significant drifting. After four passes with just the sled to try and pack it down, I was able to hook up the groomer and lay a track. Because of the drifting, it will be fairly hillocky - there really isn't a way to smooth it all flat without spending entire days at it - and not sure even then it could get flat with the equipment we have. Then I went on to groom some of the South trails. I got partway along the cut-thru east and encountered more significant drifting. It was getting late and I had the groomer hooked up, so I maneuvered and turned around. Given the calendar, I hate to say it, but we may have to give up the South trails for the season. We don't have a lot of grooming resources, and those we have have difficult schedules this year, and opening it up takes a lot of time. But for sure the North will stay open as long as Mother Nature complies.
Photos:  
(Paul VanderWaal)
Thursday, February 28, 2019  posted: 2/28/2019 8:59:28 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  First grooming tonight since it was very windy several days ago. All of the north is groomed and open except for the segment along Lake Washburn. I found a snowmobile had gone in on the trail and down to the lake but didn't come out the other end. At the north end of the trail that goes down to the lake someone had stuck a branch in the middle of the trail as to provide a warning about going on the trail. There was another branch near the south end of the trail that the groomer would go on. I interpreted that to mean that there is excessive drifting along the lake that the groomer might not get through. As it was, I encountered very deep drifts on the very north end of the trail, which I had to stomp down first with my feet hoping it would be enough to get me through - and it was. But if there is that or worse along the lake, it would be much more extensive and too much to do on foot. I'll ski in the morning and investigate. Similarly, concerned about access across the power line on the south trail, so no grooming yet on the south. I need to investigate that first.
(Paul VanderWaal)

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