2016 - 2017 Ski trail conditions
January 5, 2016
All of the ski trails have been groomed with set track. Hope you enjoy the trails.
I hope you will enjoy skiing on the Aitkin County cross country ski trails this year. Please keep advised of the grooming conditions on our website. As we groom, we will try to keep this site up to date. The Aitkin County Land Department maintains three groomed cross country ski trails in Aitkin County. One is the No Achen trail located near the City of Aitkin. The second one is at the Long Lake Conservation Center near Palisade. And the third one is located by Glen, Mn which is southeast of Aitkin on Hwy 47 - Vispo Ski Trail. All of the trails take you through rustic forest areas where you can enjoy the wildlife and beauty of the forest.
Please note: The No Achen trail goes across private land. Please respect the landowners rights and stay on the trail. Follow the signs.
Maps of ski trails -
2016-2017 Snowmobile Conditions
Due to unseasonably warm temperatures the trails have lost a considerable amount of their snow pack throughout the county. Forested sections of trails have been able to withstand the warmth and hold snow, however in the open areas and swamps many bare spots have re-appeared. It has been noticed that measures are being taken by snowmobile clubs to reclaim snow from the edges of the trail to add additional snow to bare spots of the trails.
Thanks for riding!
Aitkin County Land Dept.
Aitkin County has over 600 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Snowmobile maps of these trails are available thru the Aitkin County tourism - 800-526-8342. Aitkin County snowmobile trails wind through scenic forests and go by quiet lakes. The trails let you enjoy the beauty of the wilderness, and watch the wildlife in areas you probably wouldn't be able to get to any other time of the year. Please remember that many of our trails go across private land. The easements are for December 1st to March 31st. It is through the generosity of other people that we have the snowmobile trails that we have. All it takes, is one person to be out riding on someone's fields for the landowner to say, 'we are not going to allow the trail to go across our land anymore. Remember, the landowners own this land and can tell us to get off their land at any time. Then we have a closed segment of trail until the club members can talk someone into letting us use their land for the trail. The club members may not be able to reopen that segment of trail at all. Please stay on the trails. Also remember on the offseason, not to be on the trails. The trail easements are for snowmobiling only, not ATV riding in the summer. Staying on the designated trails both winter and summer, will keep our trails open for that particular sport. Respect landowner rights so our snowmobile trails will continue to be here for generations to come. Hope you will enjoy riding the trails this year, but remember during the snowmobile season to stay on the trails. We don't want to lose any of our trails due to people riding on private lands off trail or for the wrong sport. We have several clubs in Aitkin County that maintain trails. Below are the contacts for those clubs. Please, if you ride the trails, join a club and help volunteer to maintain the trails. Your help is needed to keep the trails nice. The clubs are 100% volunteer and can use your help. Please consider joining a club.
Hill City - Dan Kingsley 218-697-2628
McGregor/Tamarack - Wayne Bobenmeier - 218-426-3283
Palisade - Bruce Robinson - 218-851-4760
Giese - Joe Kohlgraf 320-679-2078
Mille Lacs area - Darrell Kelly - 320-684-2325
Aitkin - Tracy Fairchild - 218-927-3826
The clubs can use your help. If you have an extra day to get out and help on the trails, contact the club in your area and find out where they need the help. Most of the clubs tend to get together on the weekend after Thanksgiving to get the trails ready for riding. With the snow expected, they will need extra help to put in signs, open gates, etc. Thanks for volunteering.