Lutsen Trails

Riding continues to Improve

Date: 
01/27/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Snow falling, 3" past 24 Hrs.
Recent Grooming: 
Weekly
Current Trail Conditions: 

Snow Continues to fall on the Arrowhead Region. Grooming is in full swing. Trails continue to improve. With little riding pressure, and snow falling almost daily. The groomer is producing excellent conditions for riding. Temperatures have been in the mid 20's this week. What more can one ask for? A word of Caution about the Lakes, Slush is still being encountered.

Season is upon us now

Date: 
01/21/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace of new snow today
Recent Grooming: 
All Trails Groomed Weekly
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trails are in Excellent condition as winter is now in full swing. Grooming continues, with every trail being Groomed on a weekly basis. The riding is Fantastic. Yesterday we were the first sleds down the trail, with fresh snow on a perfectly Groomed surface. The riding contiunes to improve as more snow falls. The snow is still hanging in the trees everywhere in the Back Country. Appears like a scene from "Currier & Ives" where ever you look. The Caribou shelter is stocked with firewood and ready for Picknicing, A great spot to stop and enjoy the views. Caribou Lake is right below you with Lake Superior in the distance.It was fun to shut the sleds down every once in a while and listen to the silence, broken only by the  howl of a wolf in the distance. As dusk approched we slowed down several times to look at the fresh tracks in the Trail. It's fun to see who shares these trails with us, as witnessed by there tracks.Up here It's a whole diferent pace, slow down and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.See you on the Trails!

new snow falling on fresh groomed trails

Date: 
01/14/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
2" so far today more to come tonight
Recent Grooming: 
Eagle and fox were groomed today. Mountain Access got its first grooming as well.
Current Trail Conditions: 

Went for a ride today, rode from the ski hill via Mountain Access to Caribou Trail then Down Deer to the Beaver Trail. Snow is improving towards Lake Superior , things are not quit so thin, All of the Trails I rode today were in Good to Excellent condition. the further away from the big lake the better the riding was. Best discribed as a "chrome road". I ventured out on Deer Yard Lake and still found lots of slush. avoiding lake riding is still advised. We will be grooming the entire system on a weekly basis as this proves to work and keep the trails in "Tip Top" condition, Tomorrow should provide some excellent riding as everything is smooth with new snow falling. Can't wait to go stomp down some fresh snow.As always Ride Safe and plan for a little extra time to stop and see the sights.

Season in full swing

Date: 
01/13/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace
Recent Grooming: 
Grooming in full winter Operation
Current Trail Conditions: 

As snow falls we have moved to our weekly grooming cycle. The trails contiune to improve with more snow expected this week. All trails are open for riding. Snow is still thin down by Lake Superior, but all services are accessable.Snow conditions greatly Improve about 1 mile back from the Lake. Caution should still be used as thin ice and slush are present on all of the Inland Lakes.Some brush has decided to lift and Caution should be used to aviod this as well. We continue to clear brush as it makes its way onto the trail but it is now a minor issue. If you encounter  brush please take the time to move it Off of the trail, Remember that were all in this together,shinny side up rubber side down and ride on!

All trails in Lutsen are open

Date: 
01/11/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
4" past 72 Hours
Recent Grooming: 
Weekly as snow permits
Current Trail Conditions: 

All Trails in the Lutsen Trail Breakers Snowmobile system are open and ready to ride.Conditions contiune to improve as new snow accumulates  Snow is still thin down by Lake Superior.Inland Lakes are not safe, Thin Ice and Slush still prevail. The snow is holding up well after a heavy use holiday weekend. The State Trail is starting to shape up and some fair to good riding can be found there.Caution is still advised as some brush and water are present on the Trails. As the temps. drop we expect the water issues to freeze up, if you come across brush on the trail we encourage you to stop and break it off or move it aside . Remember that "were all in this together, and I can change if I have to" till the next time keep your stick on the ice.

Trails that are open

Date: 
12/30/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
0" last 24 hours
Recent Grooming: 
In progress
Current Trail Conditions: 

After the first heavy wet snow, the brush and trees pretty much choked the trails and made them impassable. that was 2 weeks ago. since then we have been able to open several main trails in the Lutsen system. These include Lutsen Access which has been brushed and Groomed, Caribou snowmobile Trail which has been brushed and groomed, Muehlberg Trail which has been brushed and groomed, and the north-eastern section of the deer trail which has been groomed and remains to be brushed. The Beaver trail has been brushed and packed by snowmobile and is open from Lutsen Access Trail to Cascade Lodge. Snow thins out as you get closer to Lake Superior, but Gas ,Food, and Lodging are all available in downtown Lutsen.

The Eagle Trail, Fox Trail, Mountain Access Trail, and Southern Section of the Deer trail have not yet been addressed. Riders should carry a saw or nippers as the brush may be bad on those Trails. Ride with caution on the entire trail system as Brush, Trees and some open Creeks and Streams still remain.

At this time we have Exhausted our Limited Human Resources and are resting our Trail Clearing Crews and Equipment, both of which have been Pushed to the limit over the past week. We are in need of Human power to help clear the rest of our trail system.With some of the only early season snow in the state we ask that you consider helping us out as you wait for snow in your neigborhood. If you would like to join with us and clear a section of trail please contact Larry at 218-370-9268 or Scott at 218-663-7305.

Grooming in Progress

Date: 
12/27/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
4"-6" past 24 Hrs.
Recent Grooming: 
As trails are opened up
Current Trail Conditions: 

Lutsen Access Trail is open and Groomed from the state trail to Downtown Lutsen. Caribou Snowmobile Trail is open and Groomed from the State Trail to Downtown Lutsen. The Beaver Trail is Opened up but not yet Groomed, this Trail has a short section that is narrow for about 1/2 mile,but does provide access to Cascade Lodge. 

Snow is very nice back from Lake Superior, and thins out as you head down to Lake Superior. I have ridden to Both Gas in downtown Lutsen and to Cascade Lodge and had no problem with snow conditions. Just had to go a little slower. There are lots of un- frozen creeks but nothing that presented any problem, I just went slow and used caution.

If you encounter one of the crews at work, consider stopping and lending a hand tossing the brush from the Trail. The days of Just Paying for yor Snowmobile Registration and letting others maintain the trails are a thing of the PAST. Remember that were all in this together and keep your stick on the ice.

Trails opened so far

Date: 
12/24/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
1 inch plus
Recent Grooming: 
opening and packing in progress
Current Trail Conditions: 

Last night the groomer crew pushed it's way though the Caribou Snowmobile Trail, this trail is now packed and rideable from the intersection of the State trail to downtown Lutsen. Caution should be used as the hand crews have not been through yet to clear the last remaing brush. 

Both the Lutsen access and the Caribou snowmobile trails are in fair condition for snow with packed surfaces. Caution should be used as some small brush still inpinges on these trails. Gas, Food and Lodging can now be Accessed using these two trails. 

We will contiune to work on the rest of the Trail System, begining on Dec.26,2015. Check back for new info as work progresses.Happy Holidays!

Trail Opening

Date: 
12/23/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace of new snow today
Recent Grooming: 
Packing complete on Lutsen Access Trail
Current Trail Conditions: 

Last night the grooming crew was able to make its way through the Lutsen Access Trail. This Trail Is now Packed and open, from the state trail to downtown Lutsen. Gas, Food and Lodging are available in Lutsen. Use Caution as some of the creeks are still flowing, and there are still some limbs sticking out. 

With the snow falling we have pulled the crews out of the woods until weather improves. It is currently too wet to stay out long, without being soaked to the core.We will be working on opening the Caribou Snowmobile Trail next. Keep checking back for new trail openings. 

We still need personel to help clear the trails of limbs and debries after the groom has cut a path through. Contact  either Larry at 218-370-9268 or Scott at 218-341-5612 if you can Help.Remember that were all in this together and Keep your Stick on the ice.

Trails are being opened up

Date: 
12/22/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace of new snow today
Recent Grooming: 
Work has been underway to open the Lutsen Access trail
Current Trail Conditions: 

Work began today to open the Lutsen Access Trail from the State Trail to downtown Lutsen. The trail was pre-cleared of  downed and bent brush from the Intersection of the State Trail and the Lutsen Access Trail to downtown Lutsen. Tonight a groomer crew is making its way through this trail, They were not able to pull the Drag at this time but packing is being performed.The trail is ridable with caution. Gas, Food, and Lodging are now available in downtown Lutsen. Tomorrow, work is scheduled to begin on the Caribou Snowmobile Trail. Then these 2 trails will be groomed using the drag. The rest of the trail system will open shortly after these 2 main trails have been opened and groomed.

We are in need of labor to help with this project. Anyone that is interested in working on the trails should contact Larry McNeally at 218-370-9268. This way a Systmatic Effort can be put forth to clear the trails and get them groomed.

We will be posting updates to this site as trails continue to open. Check back soon if you are thinking of Riding over the Holiday Break. Remember that Caution should be used as there will be crews working both day and night.If you encouter these crews feel free to stop and lend a hand, Remember that were all in this together and keep your stick on the ice.

Awaiting more snow

Date: 
12/19/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace of new snow today
Recent Grooming: 
none yet
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trails were ready to open. Then came some very heavy wet snow, which has drooped the brush and trees down, restricting the trails. Lakes are unfit for travel at this time. Ice fisherman should use Extreem caution . 

Around 4"-6" inches of Heavy wet snow fell on Tuesday with temps right around freezing. Since then temps. have remained well below freezing and traces of snow fall each day. The snow from Tuesday has bonded well to the ground except were there was standing water.

Caution should be used. the trails remain closed until more snow and the groomer can get out.