Trails Around Backus and Hackensack Minnesota
Trail Report for January 15, 2019 (The trails we manage are shown below - 72 miles of trail)
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This will probably be the only report this week as not much will change with no snow. We will groom the Bunyan and Aspen by mid week. Will probably groom the Bunyan again Thursday or Friday. I have been on the Aspen and the Bunyan and they were really good yesterday. Some holes but no snow to fill them. The Bunyan is hard from the melt and freezing rain so we could not massage all the moguls out but did what we could. We need snow as usual. Think snow as there is none predicted for a while. There is a small stream of open water in one of the swamps on the Aspen. It is marked with caution signs so be aware. I think you will notice that our trails are wider than in the past due to a new mowing/brushing program and about $10,000 in caterpillar work this year.
If you go out please widen the trail through the swamps and low areas. Also widen the trails in general and don't hit the inside of every corner. When you take off try not to spin and leave a pile of snow for the next riders. You are sharing the trails and think of those that need to deal with the trails issues you may cause.
Trail Issues - Contact us using the phone or contact page to let us know of any trees or other obstructions that are across the trail. Try to give us a mile marker or good description of the location.
Trail Suggestion - If you do go out on the trails with a chainsaw, please cut the trees to the full width of the trail. Otherwise when we get there we will need to clean up to the full width. Thanks.
Using the whole trail is the best thing you can do to keep the trails in good shape. Going in a row and hitting the inside of every corner wears them out fast. Take the outside of corners (Stay Right) and ride towards the sides of the trail, when safe to do so.
Caution - The Snoway trail has many loose rocks because it is also an ATV trail in the Summer. Take care and maybe throw off a few if you can. Thanks
Logging - There are some short areas of logging on the Snoway and the Aspen has had some logging but should be good.
Trail Reroute - The Aspen Trail near Blind Lake was rerouted in 2012 to remove 95% of the minimum maintenance road that was part of the trail. The approximately 4 miles of new trail are in great shape this year and it is signed and ready to go. Hope to see you on the trails this year!
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Gas and Food Stops in the area:
Snoway 1 trail has no services near the trail. Make sure your oil and gas tank is full. When you get to County Hwy. 40 it is only a 3 or 4 mile trip East to Gas at Hackensack. The Snowsnake Trail also leads you to gas and food opportunities in Backus off of Snoway 1.
Non-Oxy Gas is available in Backus at the Corner Store and Godfreys on SH 371. The easiest way to get there is to take the Aspen Trail East from the Paul Bunyan 1/4 mile to SH 371 and look North and you will see the Corner Store. Godfreys is a large hardware and grocery store about 1/2 mile North of the Corner Store and also has gas,oil and many other snowmobiler needs, plus a full hardware and grocery store.
On the Aspen Trail between Mile 7 and 8 there is a club trail of about 1.5 miles that leads to the Long Pine Store which has Non-Oxy gas.
Non-Oxy Gas is available in Hackensack at both the North and South ends of town. Both are well marked off the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Food and Drink - is available at the Corner Restaurant next to the Corner Store on SH 371 in Backus.
Light Food (Pizza and Panini Sandwiches) and Drink is available at the Backus American Legion just North of the Corner Store. The Backus American Legion is a big supporter of our club/MNUSA and the regional club with map ads and the drinks are very reasonable. Willards Bar is on the Paul Bunyan just North of where Aspen Trail joins the Bunyan in Backus and the burgers and chicken sandwiches are very good. Willards is also a good supporter of our club/MNUS and the regional club with map ads. Say hi to the owner Patty and let her know you found information on our site.
In Hackensack there are several restaurants, but the easiest to access is Lucettes, which has great Food and Drink and is just East of the Park/Post Office on the Paul Bunyan in Hackensack. The pizza is outstanding and the other menu items are also great. Lucettes is closed on Tuesdays in the winter.
As you go East on the Aspen Trail from the Paul Bunyan about 6 miles (MIle 6) you will see the Harriet Club where great Food and Drink are available except on Monday and Tuesday when they are closed. They open at 3PM on Wednesdays and 11AM Thursday thru Sundays in the winter. Say hi to the owners Ron and Pam and let them know you found information on our site.
On the Aspen Trail between mile 7 and 8 you will find a club trail that goes about 1.5 miles to the Long Pine Store. There is gas, strong beer/wine and soda. Quesadillas and pizzas are available and they are worth the stop. It is a historic little store that also has some motor sports oil and nonOxy gas.