Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Snow conditions are great! Get outside and enjoy winter!

Snowmobile Trails: Trail was groomed on 1/11/22.
Ski Trails: Track was set on all groomed trails this week (January 10-14). Classic Trails: packed and tracked on South Entrance, Bike Trail, Ozawindib Trail, Myrtle Lake Crossover, Wilderness Drive to Fire Tower Road, Fire Tower Road to Aiton Heights Fire Tower, Aiton Heights Trail, DeSoto, Deer Park, McKay Lake Crossover. . Skate Trails: South Entrance and Wilderness Drive.
Snowshoe Trails: Fresh snow has helped conditions. Consider snow cleats when out walking on heavily used snowshoe trails.
Twinkle Light Trail: Twinkle Light Trail is now 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: fresh snow has improved conditions. Last packing was week of January 10-14.

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.

Trail conditions: excellent
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 4"
Trail mileage: 13
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 3"
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.


  • The Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. At this time it is not open after regular business hours as a warming area. Please plan accordingly.
  • 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 January 14, 2022. Local snow depth is 18".

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.


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

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