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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.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019  posted: 2/25/2019 11:03:02 AM
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I skied from the Visitor Center to the Nevers Overlook to stay out of the wild wind Sunday. Conditions were good to very good in freshly groomed tracks. There was some leaf and stick litter due to the wind. The tracks were still a little bit soft. I saw trumpeter swans and an eagle down by the river. The sun was great, and the wind was howling, but much better conditions than Saturday when I tried skiing Amador Prairie and the Nevers Dam trail. I actually stopped at the road crossing and skied back to the Trail Center on the road due to extreme sticking on my waxless skis. Hopefully people with wax skis had a better time skiing Saturday. The couple inches of fresh snow then, plus drizzle and temps at or just above freezing were not a good combination for my equipment. It looked like another couple inches of fresh snow overnight Saturday into Sunday.
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 10:38:06 PM
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Finally back out on the trails. I skied the River Access Road hill, River Trail going north, Nevers Dike, and Old Logging Trail. It was clear the trails were well used this weekend, but the tracks were holding up well. Best snow and skiing of the last few years. I would say good to very good conditions for classic skiing. There were some oak leaves blown into the tracks on the home stretch going down the Old Logging Trail, but that's not surprising with some wind in recent days. In the wildlife category, I saw deer, a nuthatch, a robin and trumpeter swans. Didn't have a chance to ski there, but saw the groomer out combing and setting a single track on the Amador Prairie loops, so that may address some of previous concerns.
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, February 17, 2019  posted: 2/17/2019 10:24:59 PM
[ 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
[ 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
[ 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.
(Karoly Horvath)

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