Starting July 14th - watch for a detour in Virginia. Instead of traveling through Olcott Park (by the hospital), signs will be directing riders straight down 9th St No, rejoining the Mesabi Trail just past Waschke Auto Plaza. NOTE: You can still ride the Trail through Olcott Park and along Silver Lake (near Natural Harvest). The actual trail being reconstructed is around Baileys Lake, disrupting connectivity.
Three sections of Trail are scheduled for construction this summer, actual completion dates are not available...but we will keep you posted. 1. 9.5 miles from Embarrass to Kugler Township - this will leave about 6 miles left to connect to Tower. No route identified for the remaining 6 miles yet. 2. Two miles from the section just past the Lake Vermilion State Park (Soudan) to Trygg Rd. This leaves about a 1.5 mile gap to the 5.5 section of Trail starting at the Eagles Nest Town Hall. 3. Three miles near Ely from Cty Rd 88 to Hwy 169. We're getting closer and closer to Ely...maybe another 3-5 years before the trail is completed.
As of today about 90% of the Trail is open. Our staff is working everyday to clear away the winter debris. Watch for patches of ice & snow yet in the shady areas. With warm weather & rain this week, it should all be clear very soon.
The newest 3.5 mile portion of completed Trail starts at Hwy 135 (just past Giants Ridge) and ends at Palo Tia Road in Embarrass. This section of Trail crosses the Embarrass Wetland Complex and Darwin Myers State Wildlife Management Area via a 3/4 mile long floating bridge. The last 1/2 mile of this section, from the end of the bridge to Palo Tia Rd is gravel, this small section will not be paved because it crosses the Wildlife Management Area.
September 4th, just starting, very spotty....temps this week in the 60's, lows in the 40's. September 11th - getting a little more color, weekend temps Saturday 65/49, Sunday 73/55 and partly cloudy. September 17th - Colors happening quickly, temps this weekend days 60's, evenings 50 with scattered showers. Colors should be beautiful. Follow the Color: For weekly updates on where to find peak fall color, visit exploreminnesota.com/fallcolor (888-VISITMN). September 25th -according to our local weather channel, leaves are about 50%-75% peak. September 26th -First frost. October 4th - This weekend looks like it’s going to be or getting very close to peak. Tuesday, October 8th - They are still hanging on, but with high winds the next two days should just about be the last of them, with snow predicted for the weekend! October 10th - Oranges & reds are down, golds still hanging on. October 14th - snowed this past weekend, it didn't stay...temps slated to be in the low 50's by midweek ....leaves are just about over. October 21st - They're gone :-(