Sweetheart XC Night Ski, Hike at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Feb. 12
Washington County Parks invites visitors to explore a variety of recreation opportunities from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve’s Nordic Center.
From the Nordic Center Trailhead, cross-country ski 5.5 miles of LED-lit ski trails. From the Eagle Point Trailhead, snowshoe, hike or walk your leashed dog along the illuminated 2.5-mile Big Bluestem Trail.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Nordic Center. Inside, guests may warm up fireside in the great room and sample free coffee, cocoa, and cookies and hear live music by the Chris and Jack Duo, who will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Gastrotruck, “Artisanal Street Cuisine and Catering,” will serve food outside the Nordic Center 6 to 10 p.m. For more information, see http://gastrotruck.mobi/about-us/.
An outdoor bonfire will be lit and roasting sticks will be available for use; guests may bring their own treats to roast. Amenities at the Nordic Center include restrooms, men’s and women’s lockers and changing areas, drinking water station, and free guest WiFi.
This event is free with a valid park vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual); skiers ages 16 and older will also need a Minnesota Ski Pass ($6/day or $20/annual). Both permits are for sale at the park office. Washington County Parks does not provide rental equipment; check out Joe’s Sporting Goods, 45 Degrees, or REI for rentals. Snowshoeing, hiking, and dogs are prohibited on groomed cross-country ski trails.
Washington County Parks may be reached at 651-430-8370 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with the parks on the www.co.washington.mn.us/parks; via Facebook at Washington County Parks ¦Official, or Twitter @WashCtyTrails and @WashCtyParks.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo, one mile north of Interstate 94 at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10.