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Woodland Trails
Elk River, MN
Trail Length: 15km  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
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Notes:   Maintained by Elk River Nordic Nordic Ski Club, these trails have become a hot-spot for fantastic skiing in the North Metro. Trails are largely wooded over rolling terrain, but some sections have good climbs and descents. Trails consist of several interconnected loops and are aptly named--be sure to check out the "Top-of-the-World" and "Gravity Box" as well as "Wash Pond Flats" to the NE of the biathlon range. There is not a warming shack, but at least one port-o-potty at the main parking lot. Primarily groomed for skate (not always tracked for classic).

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Sunday, January 21, 2018  posted: 1/22/2018 11:03:35 AM
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Conditions deteriotated since meltdown began, but not severely. Still coverage adequate to go around all loops, just need to be cautions for a few brown spots. Skating surface was getting icy, although still possible to control speed on downhills. The classic tracks were wonderful to double pole in, very glazed. I found the outing for an hour very worthwhile, although it would really be great to get a few more inches of fresh snow to allow groomers to make a run.
(Dean Kleinhans)
Saturday, January 20, 2018  posted: 1/20/2018 9:30:44 AM
[ B skis ]
  Was out at 7:30 this morning the trails are still holding up but getting thinner. Couple of icy spots one coming down Bull Snake Run and the other was coming off the top of Maple Hill. Take care on the paved trails and enjoy the ride.
(Rob Bullis)
Friday, January 19, 2018  posted: 1/19/2018 6:05:02 PM
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  98% coverage but thin pole plants on the paved sections. "Pretty good" is a pretty good description. Looked like ~25 high school team skiers on the course. I skied the classic easy trails west of the tracks with 3-pin, no wax which was just fine for the warm conditions. As always Woodland Trails is the go-to location in NW Metro. Is there an award for best signage and sharing with hikers? I nominate Woodland Trails -- the foot trails are well marked and well used; the ski trails only occasionally trod.
(Gavin Watt)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018  posted: 1/20/2018 9:29:20 AM
[ Good skis ]
  Had an enjoyable afternoon skiing at Woodland Trails. When heading from my homebase Brainerd to the Twin Cities, this is my favorite place to ski. And I could not agree more with others who commented on the best signage for walkers and skiers. I did take pictures the day I skied to share with my own ski club being walking on the ski trails is becoming more of an issue every year. Thank you groomers!
(Laura Beilke)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018  posted: 1/17/2018 8:27:55 PM
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great skiing today along Terminal Moraine. Fun outing with four instances of crossing trail with deer in front of me, reminding me I am in their home! Full coverage. Plenty easy to hold an edge. The classic tracks are set today, looked great!
(Dean Kleinhans)

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