Trail Snow Report

Root River State Trail

Trail conditions:

The trail had been groomed prior to all the rain and melting. There is still a base on the trail but it is mostly ice at this point. Also be aware of much high water and flooding along the Root River.

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6"
Trail mileage: 30.0
Difficulty: beginner (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 6"
Trail mileage: 0.0

The trail(s):
Constructed on an abandoned railroad, the trail is generally level. However, the eastern segment between Vinegar Ridge and Houston is more challenging than the western segment with a rather steep, half-mile segment that may not be suitable for all users.
Cross-country skiing is popular on this trail in the winter. Most of the trail is groomed in the winter. There are 30 miles of set track from the Isinours Forest Recreation Area in Preston to the bridge outside of Houston. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski on this trail.
There is no snowmobiling on the trail, although the trail does briefly intersect with the Fillmore and Houston county Grant-in-Aid (GIA) trail system, which provides many miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the area.


  • There is a trail center located in Lanesboro that sell ski passes.
  • Ski rentals available at the Little River General Store in Lanesboro and the Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan.
  • The sites along the river are not maintained in the winter.

Last updated on March 15, 2019. Local snow depth is 6".

Getting there

Box 376 100 Milwaukee Road Lanesboro, MN 55949

The trail can be accessed in the towns of Fountain, Preston, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and Houston.

Parking is available in each town.


Phone: (507) 467-2552
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours vary.

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