Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Fresh snow Thursday, January 26 night added 2-inches to our snowfall. Around 22 inches of snow in the woods. Strong wind on Friday is causing drifting. Watch for potential branches, trees, and debris on trails.

Snowmobile Trails: Trails were groomed. Some bare spots on hill tops and corners. Last week's (January 26) snow helped. Please use caution and watch for downed trees and branches from recent strong winds.

Ski Trails: February 2 the Bike Trail and South Entrance were groomed and track set. All other trails were done on Friday, January 27. With the upcoming forecast of warm weather, be aware that trails could become fast/icy if temperatures go above freezing. Watch for pinecones and needles/bark/sticks on trail from recent strong winds.

Classic/Skate Ski trails include: South Entrance Road from the junction with the East Entrance south to Red Pine Trail access. Ozawindib from Douglas Lodge south to Red Pine Crossover. Wilderness Drive East from Mary Lake to DeSoto Trail; Aiton Heights fire tower access road. Wilderness Drive West from Aiton Heights fire tower access road to DeSoto Trail.

Classic Trails include: Bike Trail from the Headwaters south to Douglas Lodge. Deer Park North from Douglas Lodge south to Myrtle Lake Crossover. Deer Park South from Myrtle Lake Crossover to McKay Lake Crossover. DeSoto from Wilderness Drive to McKay Lake Crossover Aiton Heights Trail from Ozawindib Trail to fire tower road. Myrtle Lake Crossover from Ozawindib Trail to Deer Park Trail. McKay Lake Crossover from DeSoto Trail to Deer Park Trail. Red Pine Trail from South Entrance Road to Ozawindib Trail. Backcountry skiing Those skiers who prefer the more remote trails will need to break their own trail at this time.

Snowshoe and Walking Trails: Snowshoe Trails include: Dr. Roberts Trail, Brower Trail, Schoolcraft Trail, self-guide trail by the visitor center, Twinkle Light Trail in Bear Paw Campground. Walking Trails include: Twinkle Light Trail in Bear Paw Campground and the main footpath to the Mississippi Headwaters. Be aware of slippery spots on the footpath around the Headwaters area. Hikers and snowshoers are reminded to not walk on the groomed ski trails.

Twinkle Light Trail: Packed trail located in Bear Paw Campground. There is 3/4 mile of trails illuminated nightly from November 24 through the snow season. Lights are on from dusk to 10 p.m.

Other things to do in the park: Walk down to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River as the water flows year-round. Check it out--watch the live webcam on the Itasca State Park home page. Fresh snow is always a nice time for winter photography. Winter bird are here! Watch for Evening and Pine grosbeaks and American Goldfinch. Animal tracks are seen in the fresh snow, watch for red fox, deer, and weasels. Park lakes are frozen, but park users should use caution around any bodies of water, especially near the Mississippi Headwaters.

Skiing
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 8"
Trail mileage: 13
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Snowmobiling
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 4"
Trail mileage: 31

The trail(s):
The trail offers a beautiful look of the mixed forests in northern Minnesota. Travel through wooded areas, around lakes and through one of the most popular parks in the state. Through out the trail, you may see a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, fisher, wolves, fox and otter.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.

Facilities:

  • The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The lobby is open as a warming shelter after regular business hours.
  • Daily ski passes are sold at the park Visitor Center.
  • Snowshoes are available to rent at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
  • Winter Camping is available in Pine Ridge Campground and the backpack sites. Campers can register at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. For lodging: The Four-Season Suites are available to rent year round; featuring seating area, kitchenette, bedroom, and bath. The Headwaters Inn is open for winter rental and features 6 individual rooms and a common area.

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Last updated on February 04, 2023. Local snow depth is 22".

Getting there

36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470

The trailhead is located in the park, which is 21 miles north of Park Rapids off of Highway 71 (East Entrance) or using the North Entrance along Highway 200. Follow park road to the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center or the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center parking lot.

Parking is available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

Contact

Phone: (218) 699-7256
Email: [email protected]
Winter contact hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

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