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Wild River State Park
Center City, MN
Trail Length: 55k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-583-2125    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   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.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 10:24:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied Mitigwaki to Old Military Rd. to deer Creek Loop and pioneer trail. There is a double classic track which is in good shape. Plenty of snow. Beautiful views of the St. Croix River, the deer Creek Valley, and Meadows and Woods. There were a few people out but not nearly as many as I expected on a Sunday. There was a sign indicating the Highland Hills Loop trails were closed because of conditions. They are advanced trails.
(Wayne Nelson)
Saturday, February 16, 2019  posted: 2/16/2019 7:13:57 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Despite the "good" trail conditions posted on the DNR website, I tried to skate from the trail center on the Amador Prairie loop counterclockwise from the trail center, and immediately found the single pass groomed surface isn't wide enough to create an adequate skate deck, so you constantly catch your tips on each side. And when the groomer had adequate room and did at least 2 passes, they failed to overlap, leaving a ridge of ungroomed snow between! The advanced trail should be closed because they couldn't make it up some hills, leaving treacherous, ankle-braking ruts.
(Bryan Lueth)
Sunday, February 10, 2019  posted: 2/10/2019 8:48:48 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Excellent coverage but slow because of the lightly falling snow. From Trailhead went down to the river, past the camp grounds, turned back to trailhead at the Sunny Lake trail (basically the northern outer trails). Someone walked next to and on the track but luckily not with snowshoes, so wasn't damaged badly. Then I did the Pioneer Trail, Deer Creek Trail, River Trail loop and back to the Trailhead. Again, nice coverage but slow.
Photos:  
(Karoly Horvath)
Saturday, February 9, 2019  posted: 2/9/2019 8:21:35 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied Mitigwaki to Amik's pond to River trail to Nevers Dam to Amador prairie. Excellent classic track until I reached Amador Prairie which was good to very good. Zero degrees out but expected to see more skiers.
Photos:  
(Wayne Nelson)
Wednesday, February 6, 2019  posted: 2/7/2019 2:55:07 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I actually skied both Wednesday and Tuesday afternoons. The previously set tracks were still discernible and at least a few skiers had worked in the new snow. It was nice skiing with fresh snow falling Tuesday. Conditions were fair to good if you don't mind not having a pure, machine-made track. Wednesday I skied down the boat landing road, then north along the River Trail, and back via the Old Logging Trail. I saw some trumpeter swans near Nevers Dam. Tuesday I skied the bike trail part of the Mitigwaki, then the boat landing road, south along the River Trail, up at the Visitor Center, and bushwhacked my way back to the Mitigwaki via the Windfall Trail. There was evidence of some freshly packed trails Wednesday, which it appeared another skier tried to skate on not so successfully with the snow not set up. I'm assuming trails will be in very good shape for the weekend and candlelight event Saturday night.
(Kris Backlund)

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