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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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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)
Monday, December 31, 2018  posted: 1/1/2019 11:40:24 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Snowed pretty hard on our way up at about 2:00 pm, and kept snowing while we skied. Nice layer of powder over everything when we got there. You could tell that there was icy stuff under the powder but there was enough snow on top to make it a very enjoyable ski. No set tracks anywhere which was fine for us.
(Ken Fastner)
Sunday, December 30, 2018  posted: 12/31/2018 11:40:23 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  First time skiing for the season, with just enough snow to get by. I mainly skied the trails with the paved base, including portions of the Mitigwaki Loop, the River Access Road hill, and a little bit on the River Trail south of the boat landing. Trails were fair at best if you don't mind short pole plants. There is not much snow at Wild River yet, and no track set, but there was a decent combed surface if you really want to ski. Trails with an earthen base will be less consistent, but the short section I skied by the river was still skiable. I was rewarded with a panoramic view from the Visitor Center deck, and a dozen or more swans on the river near the boat landing. Hoping that one of these storms hits the St. Croix River Valley so we can get in on the fun they're having at points north and west.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)

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