Get the latest trail conditions with the Willmar Lakes Area trail report. Updated weekly so you can take advantage of the great trails in the area.
E-Z Riders Snow Club
Phone: Steve Lottman 320-235-7769 OR Mark Grindy 320-235-9625
West Central Snow Drifters
The ski and snowmobile trails are closed as local snow depth ranges from 1 to 2 inches with warmer weather on the way this weekend.
The snowmobile trails are in poor condition due to only having a snow depth of 2-6".
Ski trails are ungroomed and remain in poor condition. Since the snow events of late February, we had a warming trend last week and snow melted. While we did have a snow event yesterday, the ski trails are ungroomed, due to not enough snow. Snow that [ … Read More … ]
The snowmobiling conditions along the Glacial Lakes State Trail are fair and have been groomed. There is a one inch base and the local snow depth is 5-9 inches. This week's warm weather may melt more of the snow so get out on the trails while you sti [ … Read More … ]
Ski trails are in good to fair condition. Recent snow has provided enough snow to groom a majority of the ski trails. The Mt Tom road has a four inch base on the skate ski portion and a little less where track was set. Other trails have been packed a [ … Read More … ]
We've got snow!!! The trails are all packed and skiable but we don't have quite enough snow to set tracks for classical technique. The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Trailhead will be open for ski rentals this weekend-Saturday 9am-5pm an [ … Read More … ]
Still not enough snow in our area for snowshoeing, cross country skiing or snowmobiling. So let's get that bicycle out and enjoy the trails like it's springtime!
The Sibley State Park ski and snowmobile trails have been closed due to a lack of snow.
Unfortunately, when the rest of the state received the large amounts of snow this past weekend, we didn't get anything. We currently have no snow in our area. Great for walking, biking, and hiking, but not so much for the much anticipated winter s [ … Read More … ]
Unfortunately, the nice, warm weather we've been having has melted all our snow. The Glacial Lakes State Trail is a great ride if you want to get your bike out on these warm days!
There is only one inch of snow on the ground so the trails have not been groomed yet.
The Willmar Lakes Area has not received any measureable amount of snow. Therefore, all ski and snowmobile trails remain closed due to a lack of snow.
All ski and snowmobile trails remain closed due to a lack of snow.
Generally the fall colors are past-peak. Most deciduous trees have retired their leaves for the year. There is some green left in some areas of the understory, but we are working on removing these areas because they are mostly invasive Buckthorn tree [ … Read More … ]
There are a few remaining red oaks and aspen with fall colors, generally the fall colors are past-peak. The bright yellow of Aspen trees provides a sharp contrast to the deep green of Cedar trees. Most Maple trees have retired their leaves for the ye [ … Read More … ]
Peak fall color came on suddenly, and Sibley's peak fall color show is starting to fade. The big bluestem and Indian grass are holding onto gold and maroon hues. The ash trees remain a striking bronze. The oaks are beginning to turn various shades of [ … Read More … ]
The prairies, filled with big bluestem and Indian grass, are at their prime and very gold and maroon. The ash trees remain a striking bronze. The woodland vines and maple trees are adding splashes of red, orange and yellow to the landscape. The red o [ … Read More … ]
Where to go
Hike the Mt. Tom Trail for fall colors of the Oak Savanna and other leaves. The Pond View Trail and Parker / Fremberg Trail offer views of the last of the wildflowers and grasses. Climb the Mt. Tom lookout to g [ … Read More … ]
Patches of fall color can be found throughout the park. Lovely shades of yellow and red are visible in some maples and other tree species. The prairies are tinged with gold and maroon grasses. Stop at the park's interpretive center for a map, then ma [ … Read More … ]
Trail construction is scheduled to be completed Sept. 23 after work to finish the trail shoulders, seeding, mulching and stripping the pavement is done. Please continue to obey the closure signs and avoid construction equipment.
The trail project [ … Read More … ]
Where to go
Hike along the Pond View Trail for views of wildflowers and grasses. Climb the Mt. Tom lookout to get a bird's eye view of tree tops and the surrounding landscape.
What you'll see
Flowers such as bro [ … Read More … ]
The Glacial Lakes State Trail is scheduled to be completed by September 9th. Paving of the trail from Willmar to Spicer has been completed. Please continue to obey the closure signs and avoid construction equipment. The trail project includes asphalt [ … Read More … ]
Final construction on the trail will continue over the next few weeks. Paving of the trail from Willmar to Spicer has been completed. Please continue to obey the closure signs and avoid construction equipment. The trail project includes asphalt trail [ … Read More … ]
Paving of the trail from Willmar to Spicer is scheduled to begin 7/31/2017 for a duration of approximately two weeks. Users on this section of the trail should expect to encounter construction equipment and freshly paved segments to be closed to all [ … Read More … ]
The asphalt on the trail from Willmar to Spicer was removed in preparation for the asphalt relay scheduled in July. Users on this section of the trail should expect to travel on a loose dirt trail.
The trail project includes asphalt trail [ … Read More … ]
DNR Press Release: May 22, 2017
A 6-mile section of the Glacial Lakes State Trail will be closed as contractors work on improvements, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Trail users will see intermittent closures until June [ … Read More … ]
Construction on the Glacial Lakes State Trail between Spicer and Willmar will begin with clearing and grub the week of May 22nd. Milling of the asphalt will commence in June for the full 6 miles leaving it earth exposed for grading, shoulder work [ … Read More … ]
What a beautiful spring we are having! It's a great time to get out on our trails and enjoy hiking, biking, in-line skating, mountain biking or horseback riding. The Horse trails are OPEN, but use caution, since the trails have not been maintained ye [ … Read More … ]
With the lack of snow in our area, the trails are open for hiking and for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors with this mild winter we are having.
All ski and snowmobile trails in the Willmar Lakes Area have been closed due to a lack of snow.
The trails are currently closed to snowmobilers. The current snow depth is less than three inches and with the forecasted warm weather for the weekend, we expect the snow to melt. However, it looks like a good weekend to go for a walk or bike ride on [ … Read More … ]
Sibley State Park has received NO fresh snow to cover the icy mess from previous rain events. The snow cover is frozen hard following rain and thawing events in January and many bare spots are exposed. Hiking is good in places but be watchful for icy [ … Read More … ]
With last week's rain and the recent 30 degree temperatures, snow has deteriorated and has become icy and crunchy along the ski trail. No new snow has fallen since then so there are many bare spots along the trail.
The trail is closed to snowmobiles as it is either icy or bare in spots. Local snow depth is less than four inches.
Sibley received rain on Friday, Jan. 20, followed by warm temps on Jan. 23 and 24. The snow has become crunchy and the trails are bare in places. The snow that was predicted for our area went south, so we had no snow this week. Please check back for [ … Read More … ]
The ski trails have been groomed and are in fair condition. The snowmobile trail is in fair condition with a 1-2 inch base. The local snow depth is 6-8 inches. Warm temps and rain is in the forecast for the weekend so conditions could deteriorate rap [ … Read More … ]
The snowmobile trail is in fair condition with a 1-2 inch base. The local snow depth is 6-8 inches. Warm temps and rain is in the forecast for the weekend so conditions could deteriorate rapidly.
It should be a good weekend to ride on the Glacial Lakes State Trail. The trail has been groomed and is in good condition with a two inch trail base. There are 22 miles groomed for snowmobiling. The local snow depth is 10-12 inches.
Sibley received several inches of new snow Tuesday and Wednesday along with high winds and drifting conditions. The added snow will enable staff to groom most ski trails by the weekend. Some ski trails have been packed and some have track set. Ski tr [ … Read More … ]
Both the skiing and snowmobiling trails are in poor condition as there isn't enough snow. Local snow depth is 3 inches.
The trail is not groomed for cross-country skiing as there isn't enough snow. The snowmobile trail is in fair condition.
Constant rain has eroded trail conditions, there are numerous bare spots on ski and snowmobile trails. Icy conditions exist on all shoveled, plowed and bare surfaces, extreme caution should be used. The upper one third of the sledding hill is bare. I [ … Read More … ]
All winter trails have been groomed, and are in fair condition. Classic ski trails have a track set, and it is still a shallow track with some exposed soil and vegetation. Overall fair, but use the old skis for now. Snowmobile trail is ready for use, [ … Read More … ]
With approx. 4 inches of snow to work with, staff have packed most ski trails. The Mt. Tom ski trail has nearly an inch of packed base and has seen some skiing use. All other ski trails that are packed have some exposed vegetation, soil or debris. Sn [ … Read More … ]
Most cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in the Willmar Lakes Area remain closed due to a lack of snow. Cold temperatures and snow are in the forecast for next week which will hopefully get us closer to opening the trails.
Although our area finally has some snow, it's not enough for snowmobiling or cross country skiing. But it sure is beautiful hanging off the trees! Take the kids for a sled ride or a hike on one of the trails to check out the lovely winter scenery!
While most of the color now blankets the ground, hikers and bikers are enjoying very colorful trails, along with the sounds and smells of late fall leaves.
Sibley State park is now past peak fall color.
Fall color is at its peak! The red oak and aspen trees are filled with rust and gold leaves. The bur oaks are adding shiny bronze to the mix. Leaves are falling, but peak fall color should last through this weekend. Begin at the park's interpretive c [ … Read More … ]
Fall color is progressing much faster, and most trees are ablaze in color! The ash and basswood trees are at or just past their golden peak. The burr oaks are a shiny bronze. Even the surrounding agriculture lands are rich shades of bronze and gold. [ … Read More … ]
Each day fall color progresses through Sibley State Park. The park trees, shrubs and prairie grasses are filled with shades of gold, orange and red. Even the surrounding agriculture lands are rich shades of bronze and gold. Begin at the park's interp [ … Read More … ]
Fall color is progressing through Sibley State Park, and each day the park trees, shrubs and prairie grasses turn more colorful. Even the surrounding agriculture lands are rich shades of bronze and gold. Begin at the park's interpretive center for [ … Read More … ]
The fall color season is in full swing at Sibley, with some trees nearing the halfway point of overall peak fall color. The prairies are approaching peak shades of gold, and the blend of color from the woodlands, prairies and wetlands is spectacul [ … Read More … ]
According to the DNR, this fall color season should be spectacular due to the abundant rainfall this summer. If the weather remains mostly sunny during the day and cool at night, conditions will be perfect for a stunning fall color display!
Peak f [ … Read More … ]
Summer is a great time to take advantage of the many miles of trails in the Willmar Lakes Area! Whether you choose to bike, hike, roller blade, horseback ride or jog, our trails have what you're looking for: peace, tranquility, wildlife, a variety [ … Read More … ]
Sibley State Park has 18 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of bicycle trails, and 8.7 miles of horseback riding trails. Hiking trails are currently open for use. Horse trails and the horse camp are open for the season. Get out and enjoy the fresh ai [ … Read More … ]
Spring is here! Now is a great time for hiking, bicycling and in-line skating on the Glacial Lakes State Trail. Horseback riders will enjoy the ten mile stretch of parallel grass tread way from Willmar to New London. From New London to the Kandiyo [ … Read More … ]
The trail is currently closed to snowmobiles as there is no snow.
Sibley has very little snow for this time of winter, ski trails are bare in places. Hiking is allowed on all trails until ski trails are groomed again.
Glacial Lakes State Park snowmobile trails are ungroomed and in poor condition, with a 0-1 inch base. Local snow depth is 3-5 inches.
Sibley received about 3 inches of fresh snow on Monday. Ski trails were packed and combed Wednesday following the snow event. The base is fairly firm, but much of the trail system has mowed vegetation protruding through the snow surface. There sti [ … Read More … ]
Sibley State Park ski trails are partially groomed. The trails are in fair condition, with a 2 inch base. The snowmobile trails are ungroomed and in poor condition, with a 1 inch base. Local snow depth is 7 inches.
Sibley winter trails packed but not tracked. The base is fairly firm, but much of the trail system has mowed vegetation protruding through the snow surface. The best trail to ski at this point is the Mt. Tom road. As always, be careful walking in [ … Read More … ]
The snowmobile trails in the Willmar Lakes Area remain closed as there isn't enough snow to groom them. Watch for future updates as we get more snow.
Sibley State Park is your oak savanna park of the state and traveling the Mount Tom Trail will take you right through the changing canopy of the forests. You can also park at the bottom of Mount Tom and walk to the top on the paved trail to get an [ … Read More … ]
The transition into fall makes the prairie and oak savanna a busy place. Birds are flocking on the ponds and busily picking the seeds off of prairie flowers. Waterfowl are congregating on the pond right now and butterfly weed and milkweed pods are [ … Read More … ]
The colorful big bluestem grasses fill the prairies with rich, warm autumn tones. A walk along the Parker-Fremberg Trail will take you through a scenic oak savannah just starting to turn golden. Birds are gathering in the pond for migration, inclu [ … Read More … ]
A walk along the Pond View Trail will take you past a variety of wildflowers including closed gentian and blazing star. The sky-blue asters are at their peak and particularly beautiful. The colorful big bluestem grasses fill the prairies with rich [ … Read More … ]
The sights and sounds of autumn are intensifying at Sibley. Birds such as pelicans and great blue herons are gathering for migration, and the colorful big bluestem grasses fill the prairies with rich, warm autumn tones. A walk along the Pond View [ … Read More … ]
It's a great time to get out on the trails! Some of the trees are just starting to turn colors so it would make for a very beautiful walk, run, or bike ride!