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Central Gunflint Trail System
Grand Marais, MN
Trail Length: 98K  Maps: | 1 Bearskin Lodge , 1 Golden Eagle 
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-388-2292
218-388-2203
   
Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Well groomed trail system near Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Good mix of terrain for all levels of skiers. Grooming caters to classical skiers but skating available (~ 60K). 1.5-2K lighted sections at two trailside lodges (Bearskin and Golden Eagle). 27 miles north of Grand Marais.

Trail Reports:   2016-2017 season  view previous season     File a new report

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Saturday, March 18, 2017  posted: 3/18/2017 8:59:19 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Fantastic spring nordic skiing! If you love to ski, come on up, it is still terrific! New snow - perfectly groomed! We skied all afternoon it was great! We finished up on bear cub world cup. If you have not skied this trail - you have not really skied Minnesota.
Photos:  
(Robert W Nicholson III)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  posted: 3/15/2017 9:33:12 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Got out just before 10:00 AM, and the cool air temp (~5ยบ F) made the trails pretty icy. Skiid Beaver Dam, Ridge Run, Summer Home Road, and Bear Cub World Cup trails. Trails had about 99.9% coverage, but there were a few areas where some residue from branches/downed trees that have been cleaned up were groomed in a little bit. One large rock is exposed on the Bear Cub World Cup loop but is avoidable. Things were softening up and becoming pretty ideal around noon, so if you can get out when things are warming up it'll take the craziness out of the icy trails. A few spots that had melted into solid ponds over the trails during the warm-up are frozen over into that nice yellowish ice, but you can get around most of them. Pretty typical spring conditions, I'd say, but well groomed all things considered. Classic tracks looked good in most parts, a little shallow in others. This is a nice trail system!
(Brian Anderson)
Tuesday, March 07, 2017  posted: 3/8/2017 7:27:40 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Two inches of fresh snow over a firm base. All trails open. It got colder and crustier in the afternoon - still very good skiing.
(Kathy Mommsen)
Friday, March 03, 2017  posted: 3/3/2017 7:57:30 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great skiing on the Gunflint. Spent the last four days at Bearskin skiing the entire system. Trails were in fantastic shape, plenty of snow, no ice and a nice dusting of snow on top. Thanks to Bearskin and Golden Eagle for the awesome job keeping these trails in such great shape after the meltdown!
(John Traul)
Wednesday, March 01, 2017  posted: 3/1/2017 7:18:39 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Excellent spring skiing! The trails, snow, grooming and scenery were all fantastic! One inch of new snow on top of a perfect base. The skate deck was perfect. Jumped in to the classic tracks a little bit and they were deep, true and fast as well. Bear cub world cup was an exceptional experience. If you love to ski, you have to ski this. Come on up! You will want to stay.
Photos:  
(Robert W Nicholson III)

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