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Brainerd MN Snowmobile Trail Conditions

Our Brainerd MN snowmobile trails are perfect for a weekend getaway in MN or for a longer MN vacation. The Brainerd Lakes Area has over 1200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails to enjoy, and our color-coded trail signing system and corresponding trail maps will make getting around easier. Plus, you can get the latest snowmobile trail conditions for snowmobile trails in the Brainerd Lakes Area all right here at Brainerd.com: Brainerd Lakes Vacation Land! View Trail Conditions for Other Brainerd Lakes Area Trails.

2020/2021 Brainerd Snowmobile Trail Conditions

February 23, 2021

The Brainerd Lakes Area has only received about 18″ of snow this season so needless to say the trails aren’t in terrific condition. The lack of snow and warm temperatures have made any attempt at grooming difficult, so for now, the most of the clubs have suspended grooming operations. However, some of the clubs have reported riding in the wooded trails is ok but the warm temps are going to take its toll. Also, remember that the “Line 3” pipeline construction is going on in the Backus, Emily area so use caution.

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February 12, 2021

The Brainerd Lakes Area has only received about 16″ of snow this season so needless to say the trails aren’t in terrific condition. The lack of snow and temperatures with highs at the below zero mark have made any attempt at grooming difficult, so for now, the clubs have suspended grooming operations. However, some of the clubs have reported decent riding in the wooded trails. Also, remember that the “Line 3” pipeline construction is going on in the Backus, Emily area so use caution.

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January 20, 2021

The Brainerd Lakes Area has received about 14″ of snow this season with 6″ of that coming the evening of 12-29-20. We had an incredible amount of traffic over the New Year’s holiday and it shows on the amount of wear on the trails. The lakes still have many thin spots and slush in many areas so use caution. We have also had trespass issues on many of the trails, remember the landowners give us only permission for the trail not any of the adjacent land!! We have been getting skiffs of snow throughout the area so some of the clubs are out packing trails and doing trail work. Also, remember that the “Line 3” pipeline construction is going on in the Backus, Emily area so use caution.

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January 6, 2021

The Brainerd Lakes Area has received about 10″ of snow this season with 6″ of that coming the evening of 12-29-20. We had an incredible amount of traffic over the New Year’s holiday and it shows on the amount of wear on the trails. With no base and the warm temps there is not much the clubs can do with grooming at this point. The lakes still have many thin spots and slush in many areas so use caution. We have also had trespass issues on many of the trails, remember the landowners give us only permission for the trail not any of the adjacent land!!

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December 28, 2020

We are waiting for more snow! Gates have been opened but there will be no grooming until there is enough snow to do something with. If you choose to ride, try to pack the snow on the trails by NOT riding in each others track (PLEASE stay on the marked trails). The more the trails across swamps get packed the quicker they freeze so our machines can safely groom. Thanks!

Provided by Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club

December 26, 2020

All gates on the Merrifield Marathons trails have been opened, but keep in mind that minimal snow conditions mean that we are not grooming the trails yet. We will groom as soon as we can, but we need more snow. If you ride our trails, please realize they are not groomed, travel at safe speeds and try not to spin your track. When crossing swampy or lowland areas, spread out to help widen and pack down the trail; it helps it freeze so our groomer can safely cross. This will pay off for all of us over the entire winter. Please stay on the trails and respect the landowners who generously allow our trails to cross their property.
And last, enjoy our trails and pray for snow! Be safe and healthy!

Provided by Merrifield Marathons Snowmobile Club

December 24, 2020

"MESSAGE TO SNOWMOBILERS"

"The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association (CWCSTA), which represents the 12 snowmobile clubs in Crow Wing County, want to urge caution to snowmobilers this season. While the snowmobile trails in Minnesota officially open on December 1st there are still a number of issues that thesnowmobile clubs must address and this can’t be accomplished until we can get our equipment out on the trails. The clubs will move as fast as we can to get the trails open and useable for the season but please remember that we are all “volunteers” so our schedules vary. Please respect private property and stay on designated trails when they open, remember club members work very hard to obtain easements from private landowners and these trails exist because those landowners allow us to use their property."

Mark Kavanaugh
President of the Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association

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December 15, 2020

The lakes are just starting to freeze over in the Brainerd Lakes Area, at this point they are unsafe for most travel. We only have about an inch of snow so no trails are open at this point. Think Snow!!

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2019/2020 Brainerd Snowmobile Trail Conditions

March 3, 2020

We have now moved to “spring conditions” on all the CWCSTA trails. While we still have a pretty good base the lack of snow is beginning to show. All clubs have ceased grooming operations unless we get new snow.

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February 20, 2020

Trail Conditions in the area are surprisingly good.  The trails are very hard and getting a little icy in some of the open areas but are holding up well, 2″ to 3″ of new snow would make them incredible again.  In the northern part of CWCSTA land they did get that 3″ of snow this week.  We still have some issues with unfrozen swamps but those are working themselves out but, as always, use caution.  MnDot and County road crews are once again “winging” shoulders and leaving huge ice chunks on some of the trail ditches, use caution.

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February 18, 2020

Trail Conditions in the area are good.  The trails are very hard and getting icy in some of the open areas but are holding up well, 2″ to 3″ of new snow would make them incredible again.  We still have some issues with unfrozen swamps but those are working themselves out but, as always, use caution.  MnDot and County road crews are once again “winging” shoulders and leaving huge ice chunks on some of the trail ditches, use caution.

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January 16, 2020

We received another 4″ of fresh snow yesterday on top of the 3″ we received Tuesday.  The trails have a terrific base, even though we are still having problems in some of the swamps, so riding is going to excellent.  The forecasters are predicting another 8″ to 12″ of new snow for Friday and Saturday.

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January 7, 2020

Conditions are slowly improving and the colder temperatures this week will help a lot. The swamps still have some bad spots and lakes are sketchy in places, use caution. Clubs have been out with all their equipment trying to get the trail system safe and operational.

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December 21, 2019

The clubs are doing what they can on the higher ground but many of the trails run through swamps or go across lakes. The swamps have not froze and the lakes do not have adequate ice yet, so we are having a difficult time getting our equipment into these places. Some of the clubs are running Argos, Side by Sides and sleds trying to pack the swamps but we are getting stuck even with those. Please be patient while we hope that Mother Nature does it’s part with some colder weather.

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December 17, 2019

We don’t have much to update on grooming yet. The clubs are doing what they can on the higher ground but many of the trails run through swamps or go across lakes. The swamps have not froze and the lakes do not have adequate ice yet, so we are having a difficult time getting our equipment into these places. Some of the clubs are running Argos, Side by Sides and sleds trying to pack the swamps but we are getting stuck even with those. Please be patient while we hope that Mother Nature does it’s part with some colder weather.

Provided by Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association Clubs

December 8, 2019

The Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trails Association (CWCSTA), which represents the 12 snowmobile clubs in Crow Wing County, want to urge caution to snowmobilers this season. While the snowmobile trails in Minnesota officially open on December 1st there are still a number of issues that the snowmobile clubs must address and this can’t be accomplished until we can get our equipment out on the trails. Remember we really haven’t had much cold weather so the swamps are open and there is little ice on the lakes. The clubs will move as fast as we can to get the trails open and usable for the season but please remember that we are all “volunteers” so our schedules vary. Please respect private property and stay on designated trails when they open, remember club members work very hard to obtain easements from private landowners and these trails exist because those landowners allow us to use their property.

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December 5, 2019

The clubs are doing their best to get the trails in riding shape but unfrozen swamps and lakes are slowing the progress. Please use extreme caution when riding.

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December 3, 2019

The Paul Bunyan trail from Merrifield to Pequot Lakes was groomed today and is in excellent condition. County Road 3 from Merrifield to the Woods Restaurant and from County Road 19 to Ossipee will be groomed tomorrow. Bill went out with the Can Am side-by-side today and opened all trail gates. He did break through the ice in many swamps. On the Merri-Trail the big swamps by Mile Marker 9 and Mud Lake by Mile Marker 19 are not safe.

THE LAKES ARE NOT SAFE.

We really want people to be EXTRA careful, packing swamps will help and a good dose of some cold weather to get everything frozen will help.

Ride Smart, it’s early yet!

Provided by the Merrifield Marathons Snowmobile Club

October 10, 2019

All GIA Trails of the CWCSTA will open no earlier than December 1st or when snow conditions allow. Trail reports will begin then so think snow!

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2018-2019 Brainerd Snowmobile Trail Conditions

2/26/19 The Brainerd Lakes Area has received more than 56″ of snow this season. The clubs will be out grooming this week (mostly dealing with the drifts caused by the blizzard). We will post updated reports from the clubs as we receive them.

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2/6/19 The Brainerd Lakes Area received another 2″ of fresh snow on last night bringing our annual total to about 34″. The groomers are out and we will update as we get reports in.

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2/1/19 The Brainerd Lakes Area received another 6″ of fresh snow on Sunday night bringing our annual total to about 32″. With the extreme cold and wind the clubs probably won’t start groomer operations until Thursday or Friday so we have everything ready for the weekend.

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1/24/19 The Brainerd Lakes Area received another 1″ of snow last night and the clubs have been out grooming this past week. Though the temps look a little brisk the trails should be in great shape.

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1/20/19 The Brainerd Lakes Area has 20″ of snow but we have loss some with the warmer temps. We also received about 2/10th of an inch of rain glazing everything over on 1-6-19, it makes for tricky footing but it did help solidify the base. The trails are wearing thin in the open areas and corners but the riding gets better in the northern part of the system. Monday 1-21-19 is looking promising for a snow storm moving into the area with accumulations of 3″ to 5″ expected. Stay Tuned!!!

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1/10/19 The Brainerd Lakes Area has 20″ of snow but we have loss some with the warmer temps. We did receive about 2/10th of an inch of rain glazing everything over on Sunday night. Some of the trails are wearing thin in the open areas and corners. The clubs will be out grooming this week and we will update this site as we receive their reports.

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12/26/18 The Brainerd Lakes Area has 1″ of snow at this time but weather is predicting 8″-12″ of snow tonight and tomorrow. Most of the clubs have their trails ready to go but there is always issues with getting to certain areas because of swamps and gate closures because of landowners requests. The cold has helped with freezing up the swamps and lakes but always remember that the ice is never safe. Remember, when we do get snow the clubs will groom as soon as they determine that conditions allow it. We will continue to update this site as conditions change.

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10/11/2018 Brainerd saw it's first dusting of snow this week, but trails generally stay closed until early December. Check back regularly for trail conditions updates for the Brainerd Lakes Area.

View the Annual Snowmobile Trail Conditions from Previous Years.