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Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
Burnsville, MN
Trail Length: 19.3k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 952-447-6913    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Expert only trails. Some of the most exciting and challenging trails in the metro. They need a really good snow cover to be open.

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

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018  posted: 3/13/2018 8:13:57 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
  Enjoy this expert challenging ski trail before the snow melts for spring. Conditions were icy and fast on some sharp downhills. Even though this trail kicked my butt, I had a blast. I would recommend rock or B skis just to be safe. Attached is a picture of the trail elevation from one full loop around Razorback.
(Scott Cummings)
Saturday, March 10, 2018  posted: 3/10/2018 4:15:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Skied one full lap on the Razorback Loop on my wooden classic skis, then one full lap on the Razorback on my skate skis. Conditions were pretty good for the classic skis. Very little ice. Very few small bare spots/rocks/debris that were easily avoided. Skate skiing was ok but not as fun because the skate deck was fairly soft and slow over much of its length. Some places were soft enough that poles broke through and dropped a few inches. But very little ice and very few small bare spots. One uphill facing the sun toward the end of the loop had some more exposed dirt and rocks so I took my skis off and walked about 30 feet. Nice to be out at Murphy-Hanrehan given the lack of snow there the last few years.
(Craig Wiklund)
Saturday, March 10, 2018  posted: 3/10/2018 12:29:25 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  In my opinion some great skiing at Murphy. The snow is sticky for great climbing on waxless and a little slower on the massive downhills which makes them safer. Classic track was good except for a few very obvious places. Skied the outer perimeter.
(Mark Bushinski)
Friday, March 09, 2018  posted: 3/10/2018 8:27:35 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  A healthy amount of snow for good skis, trail is in great shape. One South-facing hill on Razorback was getting bare - added some snow there to make it passable. The trail was starting to get some downhill ruts as it hasn't been groomed in a couple days (as of Friday evening). Bring your large baskets as the deck was surprisingly soft from the healthy dump they got earlier in the week. Lastly, be careful on Razorback. Prior snowplowers/ruts have caused a treacherous situation at the steep downhill hairpin on the backside. By the time you see the ill-placed mound at speed your escape options are limited. If it hasn't been re-groomed, I would strongly recommend you scout or avoid by using the available left-hand bypass at that specific spot.
(John Holtan)
Thursday, March 08, 2018  posted: 3/8/2018 4:51:35 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Good conditions and coverage throughout Razorback. Started around 1pm, as expected soft in the more exposed areas with powder in the less exposed sections. Nice defined track, with minimal icing, actually there was no big ice patches to speak of anywhere on the trail. Removed a few stones from the trail. Also, there are couple of shovels on Razorback for trail repair. Thanks Three Rivers grooming crew for your hard work at this wonderful park.
(Scott Stanley)

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