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Pine Valley
Cloquet, MN
Trail Length: 10km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
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:   2017-2018 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018  posted: 2/21/2018 12:05:35 PM
Observation 
[ Trails Open: All ]
  As of 11:00 a.m. the trail was packed, not groomed or tracked. Soft snow, not many skiers.
(Tim Blais)
Monday, February 12, 2018  posted: 2/12/2018 10:58:18 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  5 degrees with recently groomed trails made for a near perfect setting on the trails in cloquet. 99 percent of the trail was free of pine needles and cones. There is a caution sign up at about the 1k mark because of creek ice. The classic track was old but in great shape. The trail should be near perfect tomorrow as the CEC team was heading out just as I was finishing so that should pack the grooming down and ice it up. If you've never skied Pine Valley be prepared for some great downhills and heart pounding climbs.
(Paul Haberle)
Thursday, January 25, 2018  posted: 1/25/2018 12:03:43 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Ah, refreshing! The main trail has an adequate base, is firm and fast. The track is there but somewhat shallow and it wouldn't hurt to have some more snow in general. There is a little debris and an icy area early on from flooding. The White Pine loop across Spring Lake Road is a very flat course (the opposite of the main loop), a bit narrow as usual, and could use more snow as there are still some brown areas. The track isn't too good there and I wouldn't use your best skis. You are probably safe using good skis on the main loop. People are really missing out on one of the best outdoor activities. I never feel better than when I've been skiing for a while. I did both loops for just under 10k's.
(Shammah Parks)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018  posted: 1/25/2018 12:06:50 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  The trail is freshly groomed and fast! Classic tracks are set. There's enough debris and dirt spots that B skis are recommended, but overall the skate deck is great - not too soft but not hardpan either. Pine Valley regulars know to watch for the ice field where Otter Creek flooded the trail. With the warm weather there may be standing water in that valley.
(Kari Jacobson Hedin)
Friday, January 12, 2018  posted: 1/14/2018 2:07:17 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied the lighted loop after dark. First time on these trails so I cautiously used my b skis, but could have easily gone good skis. Awesome trails and good grooming. Fairly close to the freeway too if you are looking for a quick pit stop on your way north.
(John Leaf)

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