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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 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.
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(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.
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(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)
Thursday, January 31, 2019  posted: 2/1/2019 3:56:42 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Happy to be out skiing again. I skied the Mitigwaki Loop and River Access Road down to the St. Croix. Tracks were well set, with a little bit of fresh snow in them, so they weren't pristine, but nevertheless pretty good. I would say fair to good conditions. The tracks weren't icy with the blown in snow. There was a little bit of leaf litter and scattered sticks, but not as much as I expected considering some of the wind earlier in the week. There is some switching between one set track and two set tracks on the portion of the Mitigwaki with an earthen base (southwest side), with a double track throughout the portion with a paved base. South facing areas have less of a base due to sun exposure. I stayed plenty warm despite a temp of -6 when I started skiing. I recommend B skis in case you run into an area with less coverage.
(Kris Backlund)
Friday, January 4, 2019  posted: 1/4/2019 10:50:40 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  Despite highs around 40 degrees the last couple days, the trails I went on the last two days are still skiable. I skied the River Access Road hill, the River Trail and the Old Logging Trail. The River Trail had coverage, but conditions were much more variable, and I would expect that to be the case on any of the trails with a dirt base. My finishing run on the Old Logging Trail was fast but not icy. There was a fairly decent skied in track. There are also plenty of footprints throughout without any tracks set to make hikers think about where they are walking. I had no issues with dirt coming through, but there are some icy sections, especially in areas exposed to sun along the River Trail, and on the Nevers dike. Unless you're skiing on the paved base portion, you may want to consider rock skis. If I had the time, I would probably be heading north for better snow, but at least I have been able to get out. At least three dozen trumpeter swans on the river.
(Kris Backlund)

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