Well, hopefully winter in on it’s way sometime in the next 6-8 weeks…
The one thing that’s really missing (as far as I can tell) from the MN DNR’s interactive snowmobile trail map is info on parking. Last winter this was a major issue for me because with a trailer you can’t just go down a bunch of podunk roads looking for trail access and HOPING there’s room somewhere to turn the whole rig around if there’s no access or room to park. This really sucks for all the money we pay for license fees to have so little designated parking.
BTW, if there’s an atlas or some kind of online resource that shows trail access parking areas, please let me in on the secret.
Anyone able to share any info about parking in these areas:
Chengwatana State Forest (east of Pine City) – I’m trying to access this state forest and Trail 189, but other than questionably legal parking on streets and roads in/near Pine City, is there any trailer-safe plowed parking area actually near or in the state forest itself?
St. Croix State Park – This is a big park, so is there any good parking areas that access the eastern half of the park? Specifically in the area where Trail 52 does a loop in the park that comes up and has a short spur that touches Hwy 48 that runs east out of Hinckley. Are there any parking areas that are plowed off of 48?
My kids and I are running older two smoker machines so fuel economy is an issue and we can’t always do long out and back runs that allow us to park in towns and then ditch ride out to the trail crossing. It’s way better if we can park close to the trailhead.
Grateful for any tips and info anyone can share about accessing these two areas.