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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:   2016-2017 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Saturday, February 11, 2017  posted: 2/11/2017 4:26:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I continue to be amazed that the trails are holding up as well as they are despite temps around 40 the last two days. Today I skied the Dry Creek Trail, onto the Pioneer (N) and Deer Creek (NW) loops, then over to the Deer Creek bridge. I returned via the Amik's Pond Loop, River Access Road and Mitigwaki Loop on the portion with the paved base. Places where track has been set were holding up well in the woods, and not nearly as good in the open, but still skiable. Conditions ranged from good to poor, with better skiing in the woods. I don't think the trails in the open will hold up much longer. Another nice day to be out skiing.
(Kris Backlund)
Friday, February 10, 2017  posted: 2/10/2017 10:48:19 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  Another beautiful ski outing with no hat, light clothing and a windbreaker. I skied both sides of the Mitigwaki Loop. The portion with the dirt base that is combed flat skied nice, but there were scattered spots with dirt showing. Nothing felt icy with the temps still above freezing. The paved portion was even better--good conditions overall. I couldn't resist taking the boat landing road down to the river, with many swans in the area both to the north and south. A pretty sunset again--pink sky at night, skier's delight!
(Kris Backlund)
Thursday, February 09, 2017  posted: 2/10/2017 10:56:34 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I skied a loop incorporating the Old Logging and River trails. The Old Logging Trail was freshly groomed with nice tracks on the outer edges of the corridor. The River Trail was much more variable and thin. A few places were pretty good, but most tracks fell in the poor to fair range, with grass poking through or dirt in spots, so I was hopping in and out of the tracks. The average conditions on that stretch were offset by a full moon rising in the east, a pink sky to the south, and more than two dozen trumpeter swans in the St. Croix River. An adult and three juveniles were right by the western shore, giving me a great chance to see them close up. Conditions and the skis you use will depend on which trail you ski.
(Kris Backlund)
Wednesday, February 08, 2017  posted: 2/9/2017 10:05:51 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I was pleased to find a single classic track on the Dry Creek Trail Wednesday. The track was laid in the slightly deeper snow on the edge of the trail, so it was pretty well formed except in some trail areas under the pines that had a thinner base. I also ventured onto the eastern portion of the Pioneer Trail from the Dry Creek Trail. The track was more variable on the open portion of the Pioneer Trail, but I only skied a short ways there. There was dirt and grass in the track in spots on the Pioneer, so I stepped in and out as needed. The woods offer better ski conditions. I would say fair to good on Dry Creek, and fair to poor on the Pioneer Trail.
(Kris Backlund)
Tuesday, February 07, 2017  posted: 2/9/2017 9:58:33 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I skied the Mitigwaki Loop with about a 1/2 inch of fresh snow over a very slight glaze from drizzle earlier in the day. There was no new grooming, but portions of the loop had a pretty nice skied in track. The portion of the Mitigwaki with the dirt base was thin but definitiely skiable. The spur from the Visitor Center out to the main part of the paved trail had the best skied in track. I would still rate the conditions as fair.
(Kris Backlund)

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