Trail Snow Report

Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

Update 3/16/18 - Due to the warming temperatures through this weekend and snow quickly melting, ALL trails are open to hiking. Please be courteous to skiers that may still be using the trails. Please check back for updates...In the event that conditions change and more snowfall is received, trail status may also change. The CCC, White Pine and Thomson trails were groomed and tracked on 3/7. The other trails on the north side, Upper Triangle Trail and Oak Trail were groomed on 3/9. On the south side of the river, Silver Creek Trail and the Ridge trails, were groomed on March 9. Trails are in fair condition depending on where you are. Thin spots are developing under trees and conditions can be icy, especially on south facing hills of the southern trails. The Fat Tire Bike Trail (Summer Trail) was last groomed on March 1, but snow is quickly melting on that trail. Snowshoers and hikers can traverse the 1.8 mile Ogantz Trail (starts and ends at Oldenburg Point), the Grand Portage Trail (3.5 miles), or the Carlton Trail (use caution- this is a very difficult trail).

Conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 5"
Groomed mileage: 32.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Conditions: fair
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 3"
Groomed mileage: 1.0

The trail(s):
The trails consist of rolling hills, rocky outcrops and a beautiful view of the St. Louis river gorge. The park trail also connects to the Willard Munger State Trail.


  • Warm yourself from the cold at the River Inn Interpretive Center! Building is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, but may be closed some holidays.
  • Daily ski passes are sold at the park office.
  • Snowshoe rentals are available at the park office.
  • Winter camping and lodging is available, contact park or website for details.

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Last updated on March 16, 2018. Local snow depth is 10".

Getting there

780 Hwy 210
Carlton, MN 55718

From Carlton, head east on Highway 210 three miles to park entrance.

Parking is available in the park, with several options on locations.


Phone: (218) 673-7000
Email: [email protected]
The park office is typically open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There may be times during that time the office will be closed if staff are unavailable.

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