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Fort Snelling State Park
Saint Paul, MN
Trail Length: 18.0k  Maps: |
Groomed: Classic Only    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 612-279-3550    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   The most popular trail is the Pike Island loop offering views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

1 to 5 of 14    Month: Mar | Feb
Tuesday, March 12, 2019  posted: 3/12/2019 11:02:57 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
  Trails haven't been groomed since the storm on Saturday. With the exception of Pike Island (which was ok) the trails are generally in rough shape due to debris, ice, and foot+hoof+snowmobile traffic.
(Alan Chapman)
Sunday, March 10, 2019  posted: 3/10/2019 8:43:05 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Plenty of snow on Pike Island for a good classic ski, and even though it has not been machine groomed for a few days, the man-made classic tracks are "good enough"! In many parts there are double classic tracks. Lots of folks enjoying the sunshine today, making for a relaxing and scenic classic ski near the birthplace of the Twin Cities. Also, the paved bike path up to the historic fort is pretty good for skiing, lots of us enjoyed a few uphill and downhill skis from the Mendota Bridge down to Pike Island. Fun spring skiing in the heart of the city!
(Bill Oyler)
Monday, March 4, 2019  posted: 3/5/2019 7:04:57 AM
Firsthand Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
  Stopped at the ranger office before starting my ski. She stated they set track on Saturday. She also stated they couldn't set track on one section of Snelling Lake due to deep snow drifts. I only had time to ski Pike Island. Most of the trail was well groomed. There was some tree bark littered in places that stuck right into my wax. Overall it was very good.
(Scott Greymont)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  posted: 2/27/2019 8:38:59 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Attempted to ski to Pike Island from 54th street, but found the trailhead and immediate path plowed. It looked like someone had been doing some type of maintenance work as there was a truck parked at the trailhead related to tree service. Parked instead at the Fort, which I also would not recommend as the hill down is not groomed and quite uneven. Tracks were otherwise in decent shape around Pike Island, although shallower and in need of a re-groom more than the other times I've been out here in the last few weeks. Also skied up the MN valley state trail to see the extent of the plow job. It stopped about even with the cold water spring. The best/only option for parking now would be at the state park's visitor center.
(John Leaf)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  posted: 2/27/2019 3:12:28 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Take advantage of a very rare year to enjoy the scenic beauty on Pike Island at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Minnesota rivers on good snow! It looks like it was groomed just before the last 3 inches of fluff. Skiers have since set the track nicely. North Country skiing in the city. Classic only.
Photos:  
(Jim Mullin)

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