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Trail Conditions

Cross-Country SkiingTrail conditions are updated as conditions change.

 

Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
 

Big Rivers Regional Trail
Paved Regional Trail: Open and clear.


Dakota Woods Dog Park

Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails: Trails are snow packed.  Pass required.

 

Lake Byllesby Regional Park
Dog Sledding/Skijoring:  Conditions are good, icy in places.  Last groomed on Feb. 5, 2016.

 

Lebanon Hills Regional Park:
Paved Sidewalks: ​ Main sidewalks have been cleared of snow. Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails:  Trails are snow packed and very slippery.
Cross-country Ski Trails (Classic):  Trails were groomed on the morning of Feb 6th. Conditions are fair to poor, icy tracks, dusting of new snow, some bare spots.  Minimial drifting in open areas with some debris and leaf litter scattered. Watch for utility vehicle access disrupting the ski trail track starting at Intersection 18 west 300 yards towards Jensen Lake. The track will be re-set with additional snow.
Cross-country Ski Trails (Skate) at the West Trailhead:  Trails were groomed on Feb. 3rd. Conditions are poor, icy.
Mountain Bike Trails (West Trailhead): Open. Most trails have been bike-packed.
Equestrian Trails:  Closed for season.  Pass required
Ice Thickness* (as measured on Schulze Lake): Approximately 12 inches. Due to poor ice forming conditions, the lake ice will not be cleared for ice skating this year. 
*Note no ice is safe ice. Always use caution when recreating on and around lakes, rivers and streams.
Sledding Hill at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center: Closed due to icy conditions and lack of snow.


Miesville Ravine Park Reserve

Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails: Trails are snow packed. South loop trail damaged from 280th Street to Cannon River. Barricades and signage have been installed to close sections of trails. 

 
Mississippi River Regional Trail
Paved Regional Trail: Open and clear.

 


River to River Greenway (formerly North Urban Regional Trail)
Paved Regional Trail: Open and clear.

 

Spring Lake Park Reserve
Paved Sidewalks:  Sidewalks are clear. 
Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails: Trails are snow packed. A segment from the Archery Trailhead down to the Mississippi River is closed due to the Mississippi River Regional Trail construction project. There are barricades and fencing marking the trail closure.
Cross-country Ski Trails (Classic):  Trails were groomed on the morning of Feb. 3rd.  Conditions are good to fair with icy tracks and some drifting. The southern loop of the classic cross-country ski trail loop located southeast of the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center is closed due to the Mississippi River Regional Trail construction project. There are barricades and fencing marking the trail closure. 
Cross-country Ski Trails (Skate): Trails were groomed on the moring of Feb. 3rd. Conditions are good, icy, with some drifting and blowing snow.
 The eastern loop of the skate cross-country ski trail loop located east of the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center is closed due to the Mississippi River Regional Trail construction project. There are barricades and fencing marking the trail closure. 
Archery Trail: Closed
Pass required.
Model Airfield: Closed due to the Mississippi River Regional Trail construction project. There are barricades and fencing marking the closure. 

 
Thompson County Park 
Paved Sidewalks:  Sidewalks are clear.                                                           
Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails:
  Trails are snow packed.


Whitetail Woods Regional Park
Paved Sidewalks:  Sidewalks are clear.
Hiking/Snowshoeing Trails:
 Trails are snow packed.  Boardwalk between markers 2 and 4 is very icy, use caution.
Watch for brief, temporary closures due to natural resource management-related tree removal. There are barricades and fencing marking these brief trail closures.    
Cross-country Ski Trails (Classic): Trails are in fair to poor condition with some thin segments in the pine forested areas. Icy tracks with some drifting. Trails were last packed and groomed Feb. 4th.  Watch for brief, temporary closures due to natural resource management-related tree removal. There are barricades and fencing marking these brief trail closures. 
Sledding Hill: The sledding hill has been closed down due to poor/unsafe snow conditions.  Additional snow is needed for conditions to improve and the hill to be re-opened.

Natural Resource Restoration Projects:  Natural resource restoration projects will happen throughout the winter.  This will result in temporary closures on hiking and ski trails.  Signage and barricades will be placed on the trail during the closures.  Colsures should be infrequent and short term.  There will be no trail closures on weekends.​​



UMORE PARK-The Lone Rock Trail

UMORE Park is owned and operated by the University of Minnesota.  No parking fee is required for parking. The Lone Rock Trail is a multi-use trail. Hiking, snowshoeing, dog walking and cross-country skiing are all permitted on the trail. Equestrian use is permitted May 1-Oct. 31 only.
The Long Rock Trail: Trails are in good to fair condition with drifting and thin spots (due to drifting) in a few areas. Last groomed on Feb. 4.  


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Last updated: 2/12/2016 3:11 AM