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Jay Cooke State Park
Carlton, MN
Trail Length: 51K  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-384-4610    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Easy to difficult trails. The farther you get from the park office, the more difficult the trail.

Trail Reports:   2017-2018 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

1 to 5 of 9    Month: Feb | Jan
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  posted: 2/21/2018 8:26:41 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  CCC, Whitepine and Thomson loop groomed to perfection! Perfect snow and deep classic track. Great job to Jay Cooke on the grooming this season.
(Chris Gustafson)
Sunday, February 11, 2018  posted: 2/11/2018 1:44:01 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Classic style. orthside of park was regroomed Wednesday. Southside was not. Whitepine, CCC and Thomson loops packed and tracked for classic. Fast and fun. Triangle packed. Upper loop tracked lower only packed.
(Cliff Langley)
Friday, February 09, 2018  posted: 2/10/2018 12:55:50 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I skied the south trails Friday 1pmish. I'd heard they were going to be groomed (they had not yet been). Close to the bridge the trail is essentially a walking trail packed enough you can ski on it. Farther away it is sort of your standard state park ski trail: it's been groomed, there's one or two sets of footprints around the trail the whole way, and one set of boots always lands right in the ski track. If you are looking for nice tracks, this was not your place to go. If you are looking for soft snow on top of previous grooming, following a trail that goes through the woods and has fewer people (on a Friday), it's a lovely trail, enough snow, and easy to get to from I-35. I used my best skis, there was one spot where a root was showing through the track (I picked up my foot, easy to miss) and one spot under a pine where there was no coverage in one track (I jumped to the other track).
(Kristin Riker-Coleman)
Wednesday, February 07, 2018  posted: 2/8/2018 7:52:42 AM
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Followed the tracksetter late afternoon on the White Pine Trail, with a little ski up and down the CCC/White Pine hill on fresh tracks to give the groomer a head start. Skied up to the dam on Greeley and caught the groomer but went down the long hill on fresh corduroy preceding the groomer. Took another detour to get behind the groomer and finished up on fresh tracks. Fast track, good coverage, good grip. Just enough snow on top of glazed trail for excellent conditions. Just a bit of grass stubble showing in the "new" (since the big flood) open area on the White Pine return which is very exposed to windblown conditions (wonder if they can plant some trees along this portion). Only down side was occasional slippage of pole plants due to the snow on top of the glaze not being deep enough for strong plants in some places. CCC/Thompson also groomed, corduroy on the remainder of the north side, which may be tracked Thursday. Groomer says plans are to track most of the south side on Friday. In more than 30 years of skiing at Jay Cooke, this is the first time, I've skied on completely virgin tracks and corduroy. Fun!
(Joel Rosen)
Saturday, January 27, 2018  posted: 1/28/2018 7:13:18 AM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  Icy and poorly groomed. Some areas were so walked on, the groomed path disappeared. The heat and sun from Friday resulted in very icy conditions on the tracks, making control and grip difficult.
(Sarah Wilcox)

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