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Pine Valley
Cloquet, MN
Trail Length: 10km  Maps:    [ Google Maps ]  
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Y  
Contact: 218-879-4413    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Excellent trail with challenging terrain. It has difficult climbs as well as gradual rolling sections. Part of the system is lit from 4:30 to 9:30 all winter. Located adjacent to Cloquet area recreation center (hockey rink), south of Pine Tree Plaza.

Trail Reports:   2013-2014 season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014  posted: 4/9/2014 3:39:55 PM
  Conditions: Ungroomed corn snow with a deceptive "lake".
Getting to the trail is a wee bit tricky for starters. The only area where a person can traverse to the trail without stepping in very deep snow is now a pond. Upon first impressions, the trail appears completely covered in tree debris, however, once past that, it is actually in great shape for skating, except for one rather large impassible issue about 2k in which I encountered twice due to my own carelessness! After passing through the various foot print areas, I encountered what appeared to be mostly solid ice with some water on top and nice snow on the sides. In my attempt to get through it, I first tried the right side only to discover I sunk into what appeared to be snow and was really water with some snow on top of it. I crossed the "ice" safely to the other side and sunk again so both boots had gotten wet, yet I was able to glide through. After about a K or so, I realized the way I had "brilliantly" attached my keys to my waist belt was unsuccessful and I had lost my car keys on the trail. As I skied back through the "fun" part again, both of my skis were swallowed up by 'quick ice' encompassing my legs up to the knee! A combination of laughter and panic swept through me as I tried for about ten minutes to free myself! I would get one tip out then the other would go back down again! I somehow managed to use my pole to dig them out quickly enough to free both, and I was soaked with ice water! My keys were next to my car on the ground in the end. So, the moral of this trail story is, go backwards on the trail and don't try to go through the water!
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(Eve Graves)
Monday, March 24, 2014  posted: 3/24/2014 9:30:54 PM
  Conditions: Freshly groomed both classic tracks and skate deck.
Excellent conditions. Thanks City of Cloquet for grooming and giving us a few more days of skiing!
(Rose Paske)
Saturday, March 22, 2014  posted: 3/23/2014 1:52:51 AM
  Conditions: Groomed and very nice for skate and classic.
Post-storm grooming has the trail in great shape with a wide skate lane and deep classic tracks on the entire trail. Snow is dry and clean with very little tree debris, no ice anywhere. Slightly soft for skating today with all of the new snow and fresh grooming. We put down the first skate tracks at 3:00 p.m., only one classic skier left marks prior to us. Conditions over the next few days should be excellent.
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(Tom Urbanski)
Sunday, March 02, 2014  posted: 3/3/2014 12:29:23 AM
  Conditions: Excellent to very good conditions for classic and skate.
Nicely groomed, excellent skate lane and mostly excellent classic tracks on the main trail. The connector to the West Trail across Spring Lake Road was groomed and the West Trail is also very good, with the exception of some classic track damage on several corners caused by a rogue snowmobiler. Very light skier traffic this weekend, likely due to the extremely cold weather and windchill.
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(Tom Urbanski)
Sunday, February 23, 2014  posted: 2/24/2014 12:37:55 PM
  Non-skiing report: Trails ungroomed after recent snowfall as of 5 pm.
(Josh Schubitzke)

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