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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.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018  posted: 4/5/2018 10:16:10 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, B skis ]
  More snow, more tracked trails! The tracks looked great, but didn't ski quite as well which isn't surprising in the spring with full sun. The tracks I skied in were a bit soft, but will probably firm up overnight. I skied the Mitigwaki Loop. The portion with the paved base was generally speaking better, and the south facing section of the Mitigwaki Loop was already getting thin. A beautiful day on the trails!
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Sunday, April 01, 2018  posted: 4/1/2018 2:33:36 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Pleasantly surprised to find newly set track on the Old Logging Trail, and paved portions of the Mitigwaki Loop. Unpleasantly disappointed to find hiker tracks in one set of tracks leading from the Visitor Center. The tracks looked really nice. I was surprised to find the tracks softer than I expected, I suspect because of the sun strength and angle. Nonetheless, a beautiful day to be out, and how often can you ski on Easter? Using the right wax vs. waxless skis like I did may enable a better glide. I would say fair to good conditions for now. I also saw some skied in tracks. I could see several swans in the Spring Creek backwaters from the boat landing road.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Friday, March 09, 2018  posted: 3/10/2018 12:32:30 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  I skied the Mitigwaki trail on a sunny, warm afternoon. Classic tracks were well formed, however, conditions were variable depending on the amount of sun exposure and previous base. Many sections were good, but there were icy places, spots were the base of the track seemed to collapse underneath my skis, and scattered debris. Nice to be skiing this far into March, but necessary to realize that "spring" ski conditions are variable.
Photos:  
(Kris Backlund)
Thursday, March 01, 2018  posted: 3/1/2018 9:39:25 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Soft afternoon conditions on recently groomed trails. The trail surface disturbed from smooth by wheel marks from grooming machine that the drag did not cover, but still the surface is very skiable. Nice trail layout for expert skate trail. The groomed diagonal tracks looked well laid also from regions viewed on combination trail. The typical spring skiing adventure when cruising from shaded tracks to sun lit trails as snow changes dramatically from icy fast to soft and slow.
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(Dean Kleinhans)
Saturday, February 24, 2018  posted: 2/24/2018 1:32:19 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  I skied north from the trail center towards Nevers dam and was at first disappointed to find that part of that trail had only been rolled with no tracks set, but then soon found that the trails beyond had not been groomed at all. After making the effort to drive this far, I decided to continue and bushwhack through the ungroomed section even though I was using a pair of racing skis with low cut boots. My patience was rewarded as I finally came to the groomed trails after breaking my own for several Ks. The trail along the river was a lot slicker and faster than the trail up in the forest. The barking dogs I kept thinking I was hearing turned out to be swans honking. Some kind of canine's (wild) paws did a number on part of the track. A half a dozen deer ran out in front of me near a bridge at a creek crossing. You get the idea - Wild River is pretty wild. It takes a while for the groomers to set tracks on every trail - they have a lot of Ks to cover. If you are ever looking for a place to ski within a hour or so of the Twin Cities where you can literally get lost in the woods, this is the place to go!
(Michael Jorgensen)

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