Itasca County Trail Conditions
ATV Trail Reports
We are getting close to ATV trails opening in the Grand Rapids and Itasca County area Itasca county has opened up all county roads except the road into Scenic State Park for ATV/OHV travel. This makes it convenient to connect to the grant and aid wooded trails and state trail systems. The city of Grand Rapids has also opened their roads (except the central downtown business district) to ride to access lodging, restaurants, retail and bars/grills. As the trails open this season, we will keep you up to date below:
- Chippew National Forest Roads are CLOSED from March 15, 2018-May 1, 2018. They will reopen on May 2, 2018.
- Itasca County ATV Trails are CLOSED effective November 30, 2017. Trails will start to reopen April 1, 2018.
Safety training is recommended for everyone who operates an OHV. It is required for ATV riders born after July 1, 1987, and OHM riders under the age of 16. Click HERE for more information.
Itasca County ATV Trail OPEN/CLOSE Dates:
Alborn/Pengilly- OPENS: April 1st, CLOSES November 30th
Alvwood/Squaw Lake- OPENS May 2nd, CLOSES March 15th
Bigfork/Balsam- OPENS May 15th-30th, CLOSES November 1st
Little Moose-OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st
Balsam-OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st
Northwoods/Goodland-OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st
Northwoods/UPM/Blandin – OPENS May 15th, CLOSES November 1st
Thistledew – OPENS April 1st, CLOSES November 30th
SOO Line – OPENS April 1st, CLOSES November 1st
Snowmobiling Trail Report
- 3-26-18 The Itasca County Snowmobile Trails CLOSE this Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Additional Information can be found on the following Facebook Pages:
Don’t forget that Snowmobile Safety Certification is required by law for residents born after December 31, 1976. Click HERE for more information.
Fat Tire Biking
- 2-22-18 Tioga is groomed and good to go.
- 2-17-18 Tioga Recreation Trail has been groomed. Received a fresh 6″ of snow.
- 2-14-18 Forest History Center has been groomed and ready for the Fat Forest Fourteen this Saturday, February 17, 2018.
- 1-12-18 Tioga has been groomed.
- 1-11-18 The Grand Rapids area received 3-6 inches overnight with another 1-3 inches expected during the day. The Club will be assessing the snow conditions and will be grooming if possible tonight into tomorrow. Forest History Center will be assessing snow conditions and will be packing if possible.
- 12-27-17 People riding Legion have said use caution on some of the corners and hills – getting icy.
- 12-18-17 People have been out mountain biking and fat tire biking on the Legion Trail and Tioga Pit. Snow has been low.
Skiing Trail Reports – For specific individual ski trails report, please visit:
- 2-28-18 Big Ridge has been groomed and track set.
- 2-28-18 Groomed and tracked: Amen, Suomi, Sugar, Legion, Mt Itasca, Wabana. Fast skiing in the morning, slow in sunny spots by mid-day, soft and squeaky by afternoon. Icy in the morning with some ruts in skate lane from previous skiers. Tricky skiing, depending on shade or sun. Blueberry part but poor grooming conditions during late afternoon. Classic track set over lower part of system.
- 2-28-18 Minnesota Power and Portage Park ski trails have been groomed and ready for weekend skiing.
- 2-28-18 Forest History Center ski trails have been groomed and tracks set. The pasture transition trail that crosses the pasture and camp roads may require skiers to drop skis and walk to pick up the trails again. We had to plow down pretty close to the Class V in order to trailer in hay. Other than that, there are no bare spots on the trails.
- 2-27-18 Alder Pond ski trail has been groomed and track set. With the temps caucusing melting and then freezing overnight has made grooming vary difficult so be patient with us we will get out and groom when conditions will allow.
- 2-27-18 Sugar Hills has been groomed and tracks set.
- 2-27-18 Wabana ski trail has been groomed and track set.
- 2-23-18 Sugar Hills: 5″ of new snow overnight. Groomed today.
- 2-21-18 Golden Anniversary River Road: Trail was groomed on 2/21/2018. With logging activity across the area watch for signs of closures. Ski with caution.
- 2-21-18 Golden Anniversary Cow Horn: Trail was groomed on 2/21/2018. Ski with caution.
- 2-22-18 Wabana and Stoney Ridge ( first Loop only) have been groomed and trackset.
- 2-21-18 Trails are being groomed TODAY after the last two full days of snow: Legion, Sugar, Mt Itasca, Suomi, Cowhorn, River Road.
- 2-18-18 Grand Rapids, MN area received 6″-10″ of snow, with another 2″-4″ of fresh snow coming again on Monday and Tuesday. Snowmobile Clubs will be out grooming this week. Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club will be out grooming this week.
- 2-14-18 Sugar Hills: 2P, 48F, winds S 10mph. Skated this morning at 17F. Fast and fun. Hope the snow holds out!
- 2-12-18 Scenic State Park: This is the fourth week in a row that snow depth has measured 13″ at Scenic. Light snowfalls continue to barely offset settling. Ski trails are in decent condition. New snowfall would be very welcome. Valentine’s Day is expected to be very warm and some snow will be lost but currently there is are chances of snow on Thursday and Sunday. Winter opportunities at Scenic include ice fishing and birdwatching. Winter scenery at the park is stunning. Visitors are welcome to use the fireplace in the Lodge to warm up. All hiking trails and lakes are open for skiing. Snowshoeing is allowed on any trails that are not groomed for skiing. Minnesota Ski Pass and Minnesota State Park vehicle permit are required.
- 2-8-18 Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club Report Mt Itasca partially groomed, but nice snow cover over previously groomed/set track. Suomi groomed Fri. Feb. 2 north and south. Skiing beautifully. Big Ridge groomed Thurs. Feb. 8 Wabana and Stoney Ridge groomed Wed. Feb. 7 Sugar Hills groomed Wed. Feb. 7. Legion groomed probably today again. But skiing nicely with a skiff of snow over last grooming. Cowhorn and Golden Anniversary River Road groomed Wed and Thurs respectively
- 2-6-18 Scenic State Park: This is the third week in a row that snow depth has measured 13″ at Scenic. Light snowfalls during the week barely offset settling. Ski trails are in decent condition. Snowmobile trails are groomed but the old snow is getting compacted and very firm. New snowfall would be very welcome but the long term forecast currently shows only minimal accumulations likely. Winter opportunities at Scenic include ice fishing and birdwatching. Winter scenery at the park is stunning. Visitors are welcome to use the fireplace in the Lodge to warm up. All hiking trails and lakes are open for skiing. Snowshoeing is allowed on any trails that are not groomed for skiing. Minnesota Ski Pass and Minnesota State Park vehicle permit are required.
Remember to purchase your Great MN Ski Pass and make a donation for the grooming! www.northernlightsnordic.org
For More information about Mount Itasca contact them at (218) 326-1313 or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/mt.itasca
A ski pass is required on Mt Itasca trails and the Great MN Ski Pass is required on all Itasca County Ski Trails. Membership information to the Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club is available by calling 218-326-1313 or email: email@example.com.
Trail Condition Resources:
How Are The Trails In Itasca County?
In Grand Rapids we celebrate Winter and all of the outdoor recreation that is available. This page is designated to post the Itasca County Trail Conditions for Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing and Snowmobiling. We want to thank the trail managers, snowmobile clubs, Itasca County and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for keeping us updated as to conditions. We post updated trail conditions as they are made available. In Grand Rapids, we are proud to be in Minnesota’s Nature.
Ski or Snowmobile Through Northern Minnesota
The cross country ski trails are available for year-round enjoyment. Snowmobile trails are open each year from December 1 to April 1. Some trails may open or close earlier based on seasonal conditions. Snowmobile trails are maintained by the local Minnesota snowmobile clubs and the Department of Natural Resources. The local clubs rely on their member volunteers to keep this trail system in top condition. Please support them in any way you can and respect the trails you ride.
ATV Open Season Dates: Alvwood-Squaw Lake: May 1st, Alborn – Pengilly: April 1st; UPM – Blandin: May 15th; Balsam: under construction – not open yet; Bigfork: under construction – not open yet; Blue Ox: April 11th; Goodland: May 15th; Little Moose: May 15th; Rabey Line: May 15th; Thistledew: April 1st; Chippewa National Forest: May 2nd. Please note that if we have a wetter than normal spring, later openings may occur.
Click HERE for Minnesota DNR ATV/OHV trail dates.
- Grand Rapids Area Lodging
- Edge of the Wilderness Lodging Association
- Alvwood Squaw Lake ATV/OHV Trail System
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