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Chain of Lakes
Minneapolis, MN
Trail Length: 8K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact:     Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   This trail is groomed across the chain of lakes in Minneapolis: Brownie, Cedar (including Cedar Lake Park), Lake of the Isles, and Lake Calhoun. Usually not groomed until mid-winter, once the ice is safe for vehicles.
Upcoming Events:   Jan.27 Junior Loppet

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

1 to 5 of 5    Month: Jan | Dec
Thursday, January 18, 2018  posted: 1/18/2018 11:06:31 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I was able to set classic tracks on all lakes this morning. Great coverage in most places with a few bare spots to look out for but quite nice. Get and ski the Chain of Lakes.
Photos:  
(Peter Leugers)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018  posted: 1/16/2018 3:42:37 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  I went from Wirth down to Cedar and back. Brownie Lake is in excellent condition. Cedar is ok, but a few spots down to bare ice and some very soft areas, probably from all the drifting. No snow whatsoever under the bridge between - be prepared to shuffle on glare ice.
Photos:  
(Robert Ibler)
Sunday, January 14, 2018  posted: 1/14/2018 11:57:19 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  All the lake sections were rolled tonight - Cedar, Isles and, in preparation for the Loppet, Calhoun. A few land sections on Cedar left to get after volunteers add snow at the landings in order to make for a better experience for groomers and skiers alike. Also need to get snow in the Brownie Tunnel and under bridges - but getting there!
(John Munger, Loppet Foundation)
Tuesday, January 02, 2018  posted: 1/2/2018 3:19:37 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  I skied Brownie, Cedar, and Isles - lake trails only. The off-lake sections looked pretty rough and littered with debris. Cedar is windblown on the north end and the trail disappears buried under a few inches of soft snow between the peninsula and Hidden Beach. The south end has soft corduroy and the most even coverage on the deck. The canal to Isles has many sticks and debris, especially under the bridges. Isles is a bit thin and firm, but still soft enough to get a good edge. The fast and fun tailwind sections are a blast.
(Patti Bohaty)
Saturday, December 30, 2017  posted: 12/30/2017 3:04:42 PM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
  I packed all the lakes today and it looks great. Snow is not deep but it seems to have adhered to the ice well. Do not use good skis in case you ski down to the ice. Go enjoy.
Photos:  
(Peter Leugers)


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