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Ski Trail Profile: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

A beautiful day to be out skiing at Murphy-Hanerhan Park!

The Twin Cities area is fortunate to have a literal wealth of amazing xc ski trail systems throughout the entire metro area.  One of my favorite places to ski in the metro area is Murphy-Hanrehan.  Nestled away in rural Burnsville, you barely realize that you're technically in a suburb of the Twin Cities due to the beautiful wilderness and terrain that dominates the area.

Location:  Off of the West Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville.  Click HERE for the Google Map

Trail Distance:  19.3k for skate and classic. 

The trailhead at Murphy-Hanrehan
Terrain:  Murphy is locally famous for having some of the most challenging terrain and technically challenging trails to ski in the region.  This terrain is ideal for metro area athletes to prep for some of the tougher regional races on hilly courses such as Giant's Ridge or the Birkie Trail.  Beware that some call these "expert only" trails, so ski with caution.

Grooming:  Maintained by the Three Rivers Park District, the grooming at Murphy is generally very good to excellent (as are all Three Rivers Parks).  Note that this trail needs a good solid snow cover to be groomable.  Typically, Murphy isn't groomed until after Christmas.

Fees:  As part of the Three Rivers System, a Three Rivers Ski Pass is of course required.  These passes are a bargain at $4 for a day pass or $50 for a season pass. 

There is a warming house at Murphy, but it's rarely open in my experience

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