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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.