Trail by Trail: Cable, Ely, Minnesota

A report from the Prospector Trail Alliance.
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 5:58 PM CDT
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Trail Report from Prospector Trail Alliance:

For this weekend, starting Saturday morning, on the Prospectors Trail system, trails 1 thru 7 are open, still have some water on the trail in spots but those segments have a hard solid bottom and are passable, but certainly use caution. Trail 8 is open except for the north loop, east of August Lake and north of the Tomahawk Road, FR 377, that northern loop will remain closed. Trail 9 is open. Trail 10 is open, except for the southeastern segment that connects over to the Arrowhead Road, that short segment is still underwater and remains closed. Need to use the Trail 11 connection north of there when traveling east and west on the system. From Sawbill Landing, north end of Trail 11 on FR380, trail is currently closed east of there. We still have two culverts washed out on FR174, Dumbbell Lake Road and it will probably be another week before we can get those fixed. Trail 11 has several other gully washers on hills on FR 359. Trail 12 is closed with culverts washed out and several trail segments still flooded and are not passable. Not sure when Trail 12 will dry up enough to allow repairs to be made.

Please continue to monitor the Prospectors Facebook page for updates.

Report from Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association:

May 26, 2022. Some rain on Tuesday but trails should be drying quickly and riding well for the long weekend. Overall, the forecast looks favorable for tacky and fast singletrack

Ashwabay - Open

Hospital Trail - Open

Hatchery - Open

Makwa - Open

Seeley Pass/Flow Mama - Open

Dirt Candy - Open

Esker Trail - Open, 5 trees down but will be removed soon

Danky Dank/Treasures Trace - Considerable clearing still required. Passage is difficult.

Glacier Trail - Some trail debris from N12 to N13, but trail is passable.

Ojibwe - On Saturday May 28th the North End Trail run will be occurring, best to ride in the afternoon to avoid runners.

Namakagon - Open

Rock Lake - Open; Hildebrand - partially cleared, lots of remaining debris

Patsy Lake - Open. The trail is clear except for a few trees on the 2-track between the Patsy Lake cutoff and Namakagon Town Hall. The parking area at the Town Hall is torn up in preparation for re-surfacing. However, you can still get to the trails by driving behind the maintenance buildings.

Minnesota- There are 54 state and grant-in-aid trails to ride as well as state forest trails. To see if your favorite trails are opened you can visit the DNR’s Off-Highway Vehicle page it also gives you links to some of our local club’s pages if you want to find a specific club.

Tips: If you or someone you know is part of a local ATV club or trail association send us a report, to, and it might be featured as we go around the northland Trail by Trail.

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