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Wild River State Park
Center City, MN
Trail Length: 55k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 651-583-2125    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   With trails from beginners to expert and a very modern, heated trail center, Wild River State Park is one of the hidden gems for cross-country skiing in eastern Minnesota. The Aspen Knob loop is extremely challenging.

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

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Thursday, February 15, 2018  posted: 2/15/2018 10:35:40 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Trails were more icy today, especially on the southern side of the Mitigwaki Loop. Skiing is still better on the sections along the paved base. Tracks are getting more washed out in places, and still no evidence of new grooming this week. There is more leaf and bark litter as well. I would rate the paved base portions fair or a little better, and the other areas fair to poor, with increasing ice and base thinning.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  posted: 2/14/2018 9:12:21 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  I was concerned how low 40s would impact conditions, but found the trails to be in decent shape, despite heavy use last weekend with the candlelight event. Without any new grooming yet, the paved base portions were definitely the best. A nice run down the boat landing road, but icy in the flat section at the bottom with the marsh on either side. Trails north along the river were also more thin and not as good, skiable but fair in that section. Scared up a beaver and got a tail slap near the outlet of Spring Creek.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, February 11, 2018  posted: 2/12/2018 12:14:14 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  The Deer Creek Loop was in very good condition on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Tracks were in great shape. Even the stretches under the pines had very little ice. Good coverage throughout. I actually saw a deer on the Deer Creek trail! I only saw a couple other skiers. Trails are holding up nicely with the cool temperatures.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Saturday, February 10, 2018  posted: 2/11/2018 12:36:39 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Trails that were groomed were near perfect for classic. Overnight, the crunchy snow set up well. No glazing. They did have a candlelight event Saturday night so the tracks involved may be worn down a bit. Go down to the trails near St. Croix River Trails and watch for eagles. Also watch for Kingfishers in the beaver pond. Amazing. Minimal bark and leaves in trail, easy to avoid.
Photos:  
(Beth Robelia)
Thursday, February 08, 2018  posted: 2/8/2018 8:39:57 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I skied the Dry Creek Trail and a portion of the Pioneer Trail. These trails were clearly tracked prior to Tuesday night's light snowfall, so that provided a silky surface in the tracks. Didn't care for double tracks on the steepest hill on this trail, which also has a curve at the bottom. Tracks were more sketchy on the open section of the Pioneer Loop, but better in the woods. Fair to good conditions overall.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)

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