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UPM Trail

Monday, November 01, 2021

Other Names

UPM Blandin Trail, Itasca County, Smith Lake, Cook Lake, Split Hand Lake, Pokegama Creek

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This area offers 21 miles of wide and easy UTV trails that wind through a dense mixed hardwood forest. There is a large flat parking area which offers direct access to the trail system. Recently a new spur trail was added which ends near Cook Lake, which features a picnic area and fire pit. Future plans include adding restroom facilities.

The trail is rated as mostly easy heads both east and west of Highway 169. The area offers scenic views of numerous lakes, shallow creeks and rolling hills, making this a good choice to bring the family or a group ride.

A number of restaurants and gas stations are located near the trail. The trail has a seasonal closure which begins in November through mid May. Be sure to say thanks to the Rapids Riders ATV Club for maintaining this trail system.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenMay 15 - November 1
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)OHMs not to exceed distance of 20 inches, ATVs 99dB at 20 inches
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 65 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for operators under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingPermitted
Rule Enforcement
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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail21
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1250 to 1450 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis county land has some roads.Some
ShadeThis county land has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandCounty Land

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Arco (218) 326-9390
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Sunny's Gas Station (218) 697-2306
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Hill City Park and Campground (218) 697-2301
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Hill City Park and Campground (218) 697-2301
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Hill City Park and Campground (218) 697-2301
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (S)Hill City Park and Campground (218) 697-2301
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Arco (218) 326-9390

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityGrand Rapids, MN
AddressSmith Drive, Hill City, MN 55748
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Grand Rapids, MN
1) Take Hwy 169 south 7.5 miles
2) Turn left (east) onto Smith Drive, continue .3 miles
3) Staging is located between intersection of Smith Drive and Logging Road.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoItasca County
123 NE 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 327-7363
helpdesk@co.itasca.mn.us
www.co.itasca.mn.us
Contact InfoRapids Riders ATV Club
P.O. Box 5200
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
rapidsridersatv@outlook.com
www.rratv.org
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
info.dnr@state.mn.us
www.dnr.state.mn.us
CommentOHV Permit Info

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

UPM Trail Photo

UPM Trail

Photo Submitted 10/15/2021 (Thanks!)

UPM Trail Photo

UPM Trail

Photo Submitted 10/15/2021 (Thanks!)

UPM Trail Photo

UPM Trail

Photo Submitted 10/15/2021 (Thanks!)

UPM Trail Photo

UPM Trail

Photo Submitted 10/15/2021 (Thanks!)

UPM Trail Photo

UPM Trail

Photo Submitted 10/15/2021 (Thanks!)

UPM Trail Photo

UPM Trail

Photo Submitted 10/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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