Trails Around Backus and Hackensack Minnesota
Trail Report for February 20, 2020 Update
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The trails were all groomed with the Bunyan being done today for a second time this week. Logging still happening on the North end of Snoway and south of Co 2 on the Snoway. A truck tried to drive the tral and got stuck so there is a mess just North of Co 2 on the Snoway. Warmer weather coming that may start to wind us down for snowmobiling. Going on the Aspen today and will report.
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 Reroute #1 near Backus - Where the Aspen crosses HWY 371 we lost our use of the trail to the Bunyan. As the trail hits Hwy 371 on Division St. you will now go South (left) in the East ditch along 371 for a mile or so and then cross Hwy 371 to the Bunyan. It is marked and should not be a problem. We will continue to groom up to the Corner Store and American Legion in Backus.
Trail Reroute #2 near Backus - We were asked by the Sheriff to move much of the Snowsnake trail to the North side of County 25. There are two places to stop and then cross the road which is safer than the previous on and off the road situation with that trail. Just follow the well marked trail.
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
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 -They are logging the North 4 to 5 miles of the Snoway and on the South Snoway. Passable but not great. Loggers are our friends and they are the main reason we have trails through the woods to ride.
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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 3/8 mile to SH 371 and go North past the 1.5 miles past where the Aspen goes East and 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 the Long Pine Spur trail of about 2.5 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 -
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 about 1.5 miles North of where the 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/MNUSA and the regional club with map ads. Say hi to the owner Patty and let her know you found information on our site.
Three great meals a day are available at the Corner Restaurant next to the Corner Store on SH 371 in Backus
In Hackensack there are several restaurants.
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 the Long Pine Spur that goes about 2.5 miles to the Long Pine Store. There is gas, strong beer/wine and soda. Home made quesadillas, nachos 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.