SEELEY CREEK NORDIC TRAIL SYSTEM
The Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails were originally built in 1978. In the beginning the trails were narrow with challenging technical turns and hills. Typically the turns came in the middle of the hills, the bottoms of which were usually bombed into craters by falling bodies. Rarely groomed, the trails were most often opened by local enthusiasts making tracks in the freshly fallen snow. It was truly a time of “get good or eat wood” with plenty of wood being eaten.
In 1990, the USFS contracted with Olympian Jon Elliott to refine and expand the design of the Seeley Creek Nordic Ski Trails. Work was done to widen the trails to their current 12 ft width and modify loops and routes in 1991. By 1993 the modifications were in place and being groomed. Jon Elliott’s 18 kilometer course is what we ski today. Regularly and expertly groomed, the trails offer outstanding opportunities for beginning skiers as well as the most experienced and demanding racers.
The trails are named in loops and segments connecting loops. Most people ski a 3, 5, 7, or 10 km loop, and then add variations as desired for the day.
Please visit our Grooming Report page for current trail conditions.
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From December through March, the Seeley Lake Nordic Ski Club grooms about half the loops each day, resulting in the entire course being groomed several times a week. We have Ginzu groomers so our tracks get professional-quality grooming, no matter what the weather (well almost any weather). Since all the grooming is done by volunteers, we cannot guarantee the time, but usually things are finely tuned by about 10:30 AM. When the groomers are done they post the conditions on the Grooming page.
SKIERS ONLY FROM DECEMBER 1st THRU MARCH 31st
During the grooming season (December 1 thru March 31) the ski trails are intended for skiers only in order to reduce damage to the groomed surface and to minimize conflicts with other users. Winter recreationists interested in dog walking, hiking, snowshoeing, or biking can find multiple opportunities on the groomed snowmobile trails in the area. Check www.driftriders.org to learn more.
FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF HOW TO COMBINE THE SEGMENTS FOR DISTANCE, CLICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
From the trailhead go left on Logging Camp Loop. At junction 2 take a left and then turn right at junctions 3. Take Bull Pine loop back to Logging Camp and go left at junction 2 to finish Logging Camp loop.
From the trailhead go left on Logging Camp Loop. At junction 2 take a left and then bear left at junction 3 Take the Two Creeks Cutoff at Junction 4, connect with Bear Tree and then to Whitetail Run, finally take the north part of Bull Pine to Logging Camp (junction 2) and turn left and you will end up at the trailhead.
From the trailhead go left on Logging Camp Loop. At junction 2 take a left and bear left at junctions 3 and 4. Take Two Creeks past junction 5 and turn right onto Bear Tree at junction 17. Take Bear Tree to Whitetail Run. At the hairpin turn ( junction 23) stay left to arrive on the North part of Bull Pine for a fun rolling terrain ski to junction 22. Go left down and across the two way bridge. At junction 2 turn left again onto Logging Camp and you will end up at the trailhead.
From the trailhead go left on Logging Camp Loop. At junction 2 take a left and then bear left at junctions 3, 4,. Stay on Two Creeks to Larch Knob. Stay on Larch Knob to Moose Meadows, Stay on Moose Meadows to Whitetail Run, finally take the north part of Bull Pine to Logging Camp (junction 2) and turn left and you will end up at the trailhead.