I did that same trip 2 years ago in mid January. It looked like there had been 2 people that pulled a sled in a week or so before we went in. They set up for fishing before they reached Pipestone and we broke our own trail from there. Very scenic hike, especially with the rapids near Pipestone, on the way in. Not sure what the snow has done for slush conditions this year, maybe others on the board can weigh in on that. A lot of the dogsledders hear to Hoist.