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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

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Sunday, March 18, 2018  posted: 3/18/2018 5:46:49 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Jay Cooke appeared to have been recently groomed, however, people have walked all over the trails and right up the tracks. In addition there is quite a bit of tree debris on the trails. The snow was a mix of icy, softening and "normal" for lack of a better term. If you have no other choice and really want to ski, it's ok, but if you can go elsewhere do it, it wasn't very pleasant.
Photos:  
(Eve Graves)
Thursday, March 08, 2018  posted: 3/9/2018 7:32:32 AM
Firsthand 
[ B skis ]
  Trails north of Hwy. 210 were recently groomed. Tracks were mostly clean, fast, and in excellent condition, with a few twigs and pine needles here and there. The short climbs near the start on the White Pine Trail were soft in the March sun; after that, fantastic skiing on the White Pine, CCC, and Thompson trails. The Greely Creek Trail, continuing east, was corded but not tracked.
(Tim Larson)
Wednesday, March 07, 2018  posted: 3/7/2018 5:45:09 PM
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ B skis ]
  Jay Cooke was at the edge of Monday night's snowfall and received around 3 inches of fresh snow. This report is a combination of firsthand, observation, and secondhand from park staff. As of late Wednesday afternoon, trails on the north side of the park (White Pine, CCC, Thompson) had been corded, and I observed the groomer heading out to set tracks. A park ranger reported that the trail groomer had encountered some drifts; but said trails on the north side of the park should be good classic skiing Thursday after tracks set overnight. I skied on the south side of the river, across the swinging bridge, on the the East Ridge, West Ridge, and Silver Creek trails, none of which had been groomed but were fun for back-country skiing with the new snow on top of a hard-packed surface. A few skiers had been out breaking trail. Trails had occasional downed twigs and small branches, not a lot, and one large poplar had fallen across a flat stretch of the Silver Creek Trail.
(Tim Larson)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018  posted: 2/22/2018 3:05:47 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied CCC and White pine in evening. Got to top of White pine by shelter just as loosing light and moon coming out. Beautiful. Classic tracks all nicely set through out and great ski. Little soft and slow at that point but firming up nicely. Thin under a couple pine sections. FYI, Some ice from melt last week built up on the down hill dip after coming across open area on lower section of White pine heading back into woods toward Oldenberg. Thanks for the great grooming this year. CCC and White pine has been my go to after work all season with good track set even with the low snow totals this year.
(Aaron Towner)
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)

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