Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Recent warm temperatures are quickly melting and settling the snow. Snow depth ranges from 12-inches to over 24-inches. Conditions may be icy in the morning and evening. Daytime conditions will be sticky. Still plenty of snow so get outside and enjoy winter!

Snowmobile Trails: Trail is hard but in fair condition. Trails were groomed on 3/14. Some bare spots appearing with the warm temperatures.
Ski Trails: Spring skiing conditions. Expect sticky conditions during the day as the sun and warm temperatures melt the snow. Mornings/evenings conditions may change to icy/hard as temps cool for the night. Melting conditions and lack of fresh snow means we are not grooming trails. It is time to remember our late winter skiing safety. Classic Trails: Classic Trails include: Bike Trail, South Entrance, Red Pine, Ozawindib Trail, Myrtle Lake and McKay Lake Crossovers, Fire Tower Road to Aiton Heights Fire Tower, Aiton Heights Trail, Wilderness Drive and DeSoto. Skate Trails: South Entrance and Wilderness Drive. This weeks grooming: Grooming has stopped for the season.
Snowshoe Trails: Conditions are fair. Trails have had much use. Warm daytime temperatures mean soft, slushy conditions. Mornings/evenings conditions will change to hard/icy. Consider snow cleats when out walking on heavily used snowshoe trails or traction devices on snowboots.
Twinkle Light Trail: Twinkle Light Trail is open for winter walking! Enjoy 3/4 mile of lighted trail in Bear Paw Campground. During winter, the trail is packed for walking, snowshoeing or skiing. Pets on leashes are welcome on the trail. Illuminated from dusk to 10 p.m. daily. Current conditions: Snow is melting out from the trail. Expect soft, slushy snowconditions.

Other Notes: Access to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River is open all winter. Footpath is open for walking. Ski trail and Snowmobile Trail come out near the headwaters area.

Skiing
Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6"
Trail mileage: 13
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Snowmobiling
Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6"
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 Itasca 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 March 17, 2022. Local snow depth is 20".

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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