Sweetheart Snow Moon Ski, Hike and Bike Event

Sweetheart Snow Moon ski, bike, hike event at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Feb. 10

Washington County Parks invites everyone to enjoy a night of outdoor recreation under the full February snow moon at Lake Elmo Park Reserve 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
Events will be at the Nordic Center. From the Nordic Center Trailhead, cross-country skiers will have access to four-plus miles of groomed classic and skate ski trails illuminated by LED lights. Also accessible from the Nordic Center, a 1.2-mile LED lighted trail loop open to hiking, snowshoeing, and leashed dog walking for this one night only, as this is normally a lighted, groomed ski trail and not accessible to non-ski activity.
The Eagle Point Trailhead adjacent to the Nordic Center will be open to accommodate fat tire biking along the 2.5-mile Big Bluestem Trail. This trail will not be illuminated except by moonlight, so headlamps and bike headlights are recommended to assist navigation.
The Nordic Center will serve as the event hub and host an outdoor bonfire and free cookies and hot cocoa to all guests. Diro Outdoors, a Stillwater company, will offer snowshoe and fat tire bike equipment to demonstrate for free. Register for time slots on the company website at www.dirooutdoors.com/.
Nordic Center amenities include seating, tables, indoor fireplace, free Wi-Fi, locker rooms/restrooms, and a water refill station.
This event is free with a valid park vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual); all skiers ages 16 and older will need a MN 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 or 45 Degrees for equipment rental needs.
Note that snowshoeing, hiking, and dogs are permitted on the groomed ski trails for this one night event only. Trail maps for the event will be available at the Park Office and the Nordic Center. Washington County Parks can be reached at 651-430-8370 or parks@co.washington.mn.us. Connect with the parks on Facebook and Twitter or at www.co.washington.mn.us/parks.
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.

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