Deteriorating Winter Conditions But Still Snow and Ice
The North Shore is looking more and more barren due to the lack of snow cover. The rivers are even beginning to thaw and waterfalls are starting to flow. While there isn’t enough snow for snowmobiling on the shore there is still enough for cross-country skiing in places. There’s still snow inland and on the Gunflint Trail but it sure would be nice to get some more so we can enjoy a few more weeks of winter fun.
Check late season snowmobile and ski trail conditions before traveling
While there are still areas of good snowmobile trail riding and cross country skiing in far northeastern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises riders and skiers to check online trail condition reports before traveling. Several bouts of warm weather have led to deteriorating ice conditions and halted most trail grooming activity.
Snow depth and grooming conditions for state-maintained trails are updated weekly at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/index.html.
As snow recedes, rocks and other obstructions can become a hazard to trail users.
Softening ground has necessitated closing gates on some trails and forest roads to protect them from damage and several private landowners have also closed their gates.
Trail grooming activities could resume if there is adequate snowfall and cold temperatures return.
State snowmobile trails are open annually through March 31 as conditions allow, but may be closed where trails cross private lands when use can cause damage to the land.