Trail Snow Report
Itasca State Park
Snow conditions are still great for late winter snow sports! Keep in mind, conditions can change with the intense sun, warm weather and cooling nights (making trails icy in the early morning). Ski trails were packed and track set on some trails by Tuesday, March 13. Walkers and snowshoers are asked to not walk/snowshoe on groomed ski trails. Stop by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center to pick up a park map showing locations of snowshoe trails.
Snowshoe Trails:Good snowshoeing conditions! Some trails might be getting more packed from use and the warm temperatures. If snowshoers go off-trail, the snow depth will vary from 20-inches plus in open areas to just a few inches under the conifers. Trails include: Dr. Roberts, Mary Lake, Brower, LaSalle (trailhead in Pine Ridge Campground), Schoolcraft. Please do not snowshoe on the ski trails.
Ski Trails:Trails are in very good to excellent condition! The grooming crew was out early in the mornings this week. Be aware, conditions can change as the week progresses and with the warmer temperatures forecast later in the week. Classic Track Fresh tracked trails (by March 13) includes: Bike, South Entrance Road (to Red Pine Trail), Red Pine (between South Entrance and Ozawindib), Ozawindib (from Wilderness Drive to Red Pine), Myrtle Lake Crossover, Aiton Heights Trail (from Ozawindib to the Aiton Heights Tower Road), Deer Park, DeSoto, Wilderness Drive from Douglas Lodge to DeSoto Trail. Skate Lanes Freshly Combed skate lanes (by March 13) include: Bike Trail, South Entrance Road (to Red Pine Trail), Wilderness Drive (from Douglas Lodge to Nicollet Creek/Bison Kill Site). Skate skiers are asked to not skate on the classic track on shared trails.
Hikers and snowshoers are asked to not walk on ski trails.
Snowmobile Trails:Trails are still in fair to good to very good, depending on where you are in the park. The groomer passed through the park by Wednesday morning (March 14). Trail conditions will vary with heavier use on the East side of the park. Some dirt and bare spots on south facing slopes, corners and tops of hills.
Other Nature Notes: Enjoy the Headwaters of the Mississippi River during the last weeks of winter. The pathway to the headwaters is open for walking all winter. The water remains open at the rocks throughout the winter.
Winter birds are active at the park. Look for returning trumpeter swans at the open water at the headwaters or along the rive channel. Crows, black-billed magpies, redpolls, chickadees, nuthatches (red and white breasted) and a variety of woodpeckers are starting to make their spring songs! Watch for bald eagles as they return to their nesting areas.
Visitors are advised to use caution around the ice (ice conditions are never 100% safe).
|Conditions: very good|
|Trail groomed? yes|
|Trail base: 6"|
|Groomed mileage: 13.0|
|Difficulty: all levels (track) all levels (skate)|
|Trail groomed? yes|
|Trail base: 4"|
|Groomed mileage: 31.0|
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.
- A warming area is located in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.
- 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 Itasca Suites are available to rent year round; featuring seating area, kitchenette, bedroom, and bath.
Last updated on March 14, 2018. Local snow depth is 15".
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. Follow park road to the visitor center or Indian Mounds parking lot.
Parking is available at the Visitor Center or Indian Mounds parking lot
Phone: (218) 699-7251
Email: [email protected]
Winter contact hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., daily.