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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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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.
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(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)
Saturday, February 23, 2019  posted: 2/23/2019 3:08:24 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Skied the central corridor, north loop and the east leg, a good ski. The track conditions are good, a fun ski. With only a skiff of new snow.
(Diana Olson)
Friday, February 22, 2019  posted: 2/22/2019 9:48:30 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Groomed just the north 3 loops tonight. Set an excellent track. Snow is 26" deep with an great base.
(Gary Anderson)
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 6:32:36 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  I skied the North Trail - the central corridor the North Loop and the East leg. Great skiing. Lots of skiers on the trail. Thanks for having maps in the sign in box and names for each loop.
(Diana Olson)

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