Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Itasca State Park

Trail conditions:

Late winter conditions are occurring with the sunnier days and warm temperatures. Expect trail conditions to be variable ranging from good to very poor.

Ski Trails: Spring ski conditions...meaning variable weather patterns are creating icy conditions or soft and sticky on warm days and track is disappearing as the snow begins to melt and areas of the trail are melting out to bare ground. Trails are in poor condition. We are no longer grooming. Expect thinning of snow on south facing slopes, especially near Mary Lake.
Snowmobile Trails: Trails are closed on due to lack of snow. Muddy conditions exist and trail damage is occurring.
Snowshoe Trails: Conditions are changing quickly with the warm weather. Trails can be icy in the morning/late evening and soft during the day with the warmer weather. Some bare spots may be occurring on south facing slopes. Crampons are helpful on packed snowshoe trails. Snowshoe Trails include: Dr. Roberts Trail, Brower Trail, Self-guided trail at the Visitor Center, Schoolcraft Trail, and LaSalle Trail (in Pine Ridge Campground).

Nature Notes: The solar-lunar first day of Spring is upon us (March 19) Watch for our first returning migrants. We have not seen these in the park yet, but the following birds were noted in western Minnesota including: Belted Kingfisher, kestrels, red-winged blackbirds and robins. Bald eagles are back at their nests, so watch for these large birds soaring overhead. Barred owls are being seen along Main Park Drive at dawn and dusk. Listen for the mating calls of great horned and barred owls now through March. White-tailed deer can be seen in the early morning and early evening hours. All lakes are frozen, however, ice thickness varies from only a few inches to 8 to 18-inches of good ice. Conditions change quickly as we move through spring. Ice is very thin near the headwaters. Check out the webcam on the Itasca State Park homepage to see the park in late winter (or early, early spring)!

Skiing
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 2"
Trail mileage: 13.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)
Snowmobiling
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-3"
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 March 19, 2020. Local snow depth is 10-12".

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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