Trail Snow Report

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Lots of fresh snow! Conditions are great for winter sports! Six-inches fell Tuesday (February 12). The visitor center lobby is now open as a warming shelter for the snow season. Strong winds Thursday caused drifting on trails.

Ski Trails: Track was set on Bike Trail and South Entrance. All other ski trails were packed. Packed trails are open for both classic and skate skiing. Drifting has filled in parts of the set track. Conditions are good to very good due to drifts. Be aware: Hills on Ozawindib and Deer Park have some divots in the base. Skiers should use caution on all hills since they can be steep, curvy and fast with big trees along the sides. Track may be more shallow under the big pines. Trails and grooming pattern include: Bike Trail Change in grooming Bike Trail is groomed for classic only. Track set from the Headwaters to the Douglas Lodge area, including access to the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. South Entrance Road Classic and Skate. Track set from the visitor center to Red Pine Trail. Skate lane combed. Red Pine Trail Packed between the South Entrance Road and Ozawindib Trail. Ozawindib Trail Packed from Wilderness Drive to the Red Pine Trail. Myrtle Lake Crossover Trail Packed between the Ozawindib Trail and Deer Park Trail. Deer Park Trail Packed from Wilderness Drive to the McKay Lake Crossover. McKay Lake Crossover Packed between Deer Park and Desoto Trail. Desoto Trail Packed from Wilderness Drive to McKay Lake Crossover. Aiton Heights Trail Packed from Ozawindib Trail to Aiton Heights Access Road. Wilderness Drive Packed from the bike trail crossing to Desoto Trail.

Snowmobile Trails: The groomer came through on Wednesday, February 13. Conditions are still holding well and are very good to excellent!

Snowshoe Trails: Fresh snow means nice snowshoeing. Cleats on snowshoes are recommended on the more packed trails. If breaking your own trail, conditions are excellent. Longer snowshoes are good for off-trail since snow depth can be well over 3-feet in some areas. Dr. Roberts Trail is well used. Snowshoers are asked to stay off of groomed ski trails. Snowshoe Trails include: Dr. Roberts, Brower, Schoolcraft, LaSalle Trail and the self-guided trail by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center.

Nature Notes: Enjoy a walk to the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, the water keeps flowing year-round where the water leaves the lake at the rocks. Lakes are froze over. Visitors are asked to use caution around any ice since ice thickness can vary, especially around any flowing water near streams, creeks and rivers. Enjoy winter birding! Pine grosebeaks, pine siskins, redpolls, nuthatches and chickadees are abundant. Warm up in the visitor center and enjoy the birds at the feeder stations. Gray jays are back in closer to park buildings. Enjoy winter photography! Recent snowfalls make stunning photos as the snow crystals coat the pines and glitter in the sunlight.

Skiing
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 15-20"
Trail mileage: 13.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Snowmobiling
Trail conditions: excellent
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 8-10"
Trail mileage: 31.0

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:

  • 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.

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Last updated on February 16, 2019. Local snow depth is 30".

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. Follow park road to the visitor center or Indian Mounds parking lot.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center or Indian Mounds parking lot

Contact

Phone: (218) 699-7251
Email: [email protected]
Winter contact hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.

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