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Trail Conditions

Winter TrailsTrail conditions are updated as conditions change.

Updated Feb. 25, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Big Rivers Regional Trail
Paved Regional Trail: Open,  watch for icy conditions & blowing snow. 

Dakota Woods Dog Park

Hiking/Snowshoe Trails: Open, trails are packed snow, dirt/woodchips showing in areas.  Pass required.


Lake Byllesby Regional Park
Dogsledding/Skijoring Trails: Open, trails were roller packed & corduroyed Wednesday, Feb. 12th.  Trails are in good condition.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park:
Hiking/Snowshoe Trails:  Open, trails are packed snow with a dusting of new snow on top. Dirt showing in some areas. Watch for icy conditions and blowing snow.
Cross-country Ski Trails (classic): Open, trails are in fair to good conditions with some grass and dirt showing through, exposed rocks on many downhill sections.   McDonough Lake Loop in poor to fair condition as well as trails along Marsh Lake area and near Visitor Center.  Trails were last roller packed Tuesday, Feb. 24. These trails have not been groomed (tracked). An additional 4-6 inches are required for grooming (setting tracks).  Watch for icy conditions.
Cross-country Ski Trails (skate): Open, trails are in poor  condition with some dirt, bare patches and rocks showing through. These trails  were last roller packed Jan. 21. Additional snow is required for further machine packing.
Mountain Bike Trails (West Trailhead): Open.
Paved sidewalks at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center: Clear, watch for icy conditions.
Portage Trails:  Open, trails are snow covered.
Equestrian Trails:  Closed for the season.

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve
Hiking/Snowshoe Trails: Open, trails are packed snow.  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. Watch for icy conditions and blowing snow.

River to River Greenway (formerly North Urban Regional Trail)

Paved Regional Trail:  Open. Watch for icy conditions and blowing snow.

Spring Lake Park Reserve

Hiking/Snowshoe Trails:  Open, trails are snow packed, watch for icy conditions.
Cross-country Ski Trails (classic): Open, trails are in fair condition.  Trails were roller packed Feb. 12th.  Trails in the woods were roller packed and tracked Feb. 12th.

The southern loop of the traditional 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): Clear, trails in poor condition, lack of snow cover on majority of loop.  Last roller packed Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Paved sidewalks at Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center: Open, watch for icy patches.
Archery Trail:
Closed for the season.
Model Airfield: Closed for the season.


Thompson County Park

Hiking/Snowshoe Trails:  Open, trails are packed snow.  Watch for icy conditions. 
Paved sidewalks at Thompson Park Center: Clear, watch for icy patches.

Whitetail Woods Regional Park
Hiking/Snowshoe Trails:  Open, trails are snow covered with large patches of bare ground.
Cross-country Ski Trails (classic): Open, trails were roller packed, Feb. 12. These trails have not been machine groomed (tracked), an additional 4-6 inches is needed for further grooming.  Conditions are poor in wooded areas with scattered leaf litter and rocks & dirt showing through, drifting due to blowing snow in open areas.  Watch for icy conditions.


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: This multi-use trail is groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter and due to lack of snow, has been packed, but not been groomed (tracked) yet.  Conditions are poor due to blowing snow and bare patches.
For more information, call UMORE Park at 651-423-2455.

Last updated: 2/25/2015 3:40 AM