Trails are looking good around the Whitefish chain for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Update for 3-7-18 — We received another 12″ of snow this week bringing our 10 day total to 29″. The warm weather is going to be really hard on the snow so get out while you can. Watch out for standing water in the ditches and lakes are very slushy.
Be aware that there are hazards on the trails because of the low snow conditions. Remember, the swamps and lakes may still have open water.
Update provided by the Crow Wing County Snowmobile Association and MNUSA
Brainerd Lakes Area Snowmobile Trails (BLAST) compiles many of the recent trail reports from clubs across the area on their website, and you can also view an interactive map of trails around the area (pick up a paper copy at area gas stations and restaurants).
To get a visual idea of how trails are looking, check the Department of Transportation webcam on Highway 6 one mile south of Emily.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Skiers are able to get out and hit the trails at the Crosslake Community Center, where the trails have a rideable base of snow- as do the snowshoeing trails. (Find a trail map here.) The community center staff reported that there are a few bare spots on sunny hills, but overall the trails are looking good. Ski trails will continue to be groomed weekly as long as snow allows.
Snowshoes can be rented from the community center for $5 for two hours, and come in several sizes- including children's!
Another option is to travel over to Cut Lake Ski Trails (trail map) in Foothills National Forest. There are around 17 km of trails there that are groomed regularly, however, recent grooming updates were not available at the time of this post.
If you're looking for more places to snowshoe, there are several beautiful spots around the chain. Chiarella Forest Managment Area is a lovely piece of wilderness that's open to the public, as is the Veteran's Walking Trail and the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area. Each of these areas is naturally appealing in its own way and offers the opportunity to see wildlife, birds, and the winter splendor of the Whitefish Area. You can cross-country ski at these areas as well, but trails are not groomed.
While conditions may change throughout the week, the trails are ready to ride, ski or hike. Enjoy the natural beauty and wilderness on the Whitefish Chain before winter slips away!