Caution Urged For Riders On C.J. Ramstad North Shore State Trail

Snowmobile riders on the C.J. Ramstad North Shore State Trail should be aware that, despite snow depths of 4 to 12 inches, the trail is in early-season condition, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Some wetlands may not be frozen beneath the snow, and riders should use caution, said Joe Russell, DNR Parks and Trails area supervisor at Two Harbors.

Here are snow depths along the trail, which runs from Duluth to Grand Marais, according to Russell:

Duluth to Two Harbors, 4 to 8 inches

Two Harbors to Finland, 8 to 10 inches

Finland to Caribou Trail (Cook County Highway 4), 10 to 12 inches

Caribou Trail to Gunflint Trail (Cook County Highway 12), 8 to 12 inches

Gunflint Trail into Grand Marais, 3 to 8 inches

“Riders should be aware that the heavy rains of past three weeks have saturated the ground,” Russell said. “With the snow insulation on top of the thawed ground, there’s not much frozen ground under the heavy, wet snow.”

In addition, some areas may have brush and limbs hanging over the trail, weighted down by the snow.

For North Shore State Trail conditions, call (218) 834-1439. Information will be updated after 3 p.m. today.

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