No Achen Ski Trail - last groomed - February 25, 2014
Long Lake Conservation Trail - last groomed - Feb 25, 2014
Vispo Ski Trail - last groomed - Feb 27, 2014
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.
January 30, 2014 - The clubs are reporting that the trails are in excellent shape. All of them should be freshly groomed this week. Riding is excellent, however, don't get off the trails as if it hasn't been packed, water may still be under the snow. The groomers are going strong from all of the clubs. Have fun riding. For specific trail areas, the club contact is listed below. They will be able to tell you exactly what the trail conditions are for their areas.
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. Stay on the trails both
winter and summer that are open for that particular sport. Respect
landowner rights so our snowmobile trails will continue to be here for
generations to come.
Hope you enjoyed 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.