Fall Night Hiking

Lake Elmo Lit TrailsFall Family Night Hikes

Bring the kids and join us at the Nordic Center for an enjoyable evening family hike along the lit trails of Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Breathe in the crisp autumn air, view the stars, observe the local wildlife, and soak in the quiet serenity of the night.

Reservations are required as there is limited capacity. 

Meet at the Nordic Center. This program is free with a valid Washington County Parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual). Flashlights and headlamps are welcome.

If you are unable to register, you are welcome to hike the trail on your own. Trails will be lit and there will be additional light strands at the intersections for navigation. Trail maps will also be available. Family Night Hikes are held on the Green/Brown trail at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Date/Time:Program:Location:Registration:
Friday, October 9
7:00 p.m.
Fall Family Night Hike - FULLLake Elmo Park Reserve - Nordic CenterFULL
Friday, October 9 8:00 p.m.Fall Family Night HikeLake Elmo Park Reserve - Nordic Center (Green/Brown Trail)FULL


Fall Night Hiking

Enjoy night hiking along 5.5 miles of lighted xc ski trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve - Nordic Center Trailhead.

Trail lights are on daily from dusk - 9:30 p.m. At 9:15 p.m. the outer perimeter loop shuts off with the inner loop closest to the Nordic Center on until 9:30 p.m. All hikers must be off the trails by 9:30 p.m. and out of the park by 10 p.m.

All cross-country ski trails will close to hiking, walking, etc. once snow grooming begins. Winter hiking will then be directed to the Big Bluestem trail, our designated multi-use trail located at the Eagle Point Trailhead, a non-lighted trail (across the park road from the Nordic Center).

Night hiking is free with a valid parks vehicle permit.

For information, please call the Lake Elmo Contact Station at: 651-430-8370.