Enjoy the transformed winter landscape while snowshoeing in the parks! Snowshoeing is a great way to exercise and explore the wintertime beauty of Minneapolis parks and is an easy-to-learn activity for all ages. Explore the snow-covered wooded trails of the Off-Road Cycling Area of Theodore Wirth Park, join a naturalist-led trek, or set off on an adventure of your own.
Snowshoes are easily strapped to boots and spread your weight over a larger distance allowing you to stay on top of the snow and ice for easier travel. Today's snowshoes are lightweight aluminum with styles for walking, hiking, and running.
Snowshoeing at Wirth Winter Recreation Area
The Wirth Winter Recreation Area is now closed for the season.
If you're snowshoeing on your own, the Off-Road Cycling area at the Wirth Winter Recreation Area has some of the best trails in town. The 4.36-mile trail twists and climbs its way through a wooded, hilly section of Theodore Wirth Park and is most accessible from the Wirth Par 3 parking lot. Snowshoers may also snowshoe within the Front 9 portion of the Wirth golf course. Snowshoers are advised to be considerate of skiers around them and to stay off all groomed cross-country ski trails within the park.
After a day on the trail, warm up and refuel at the bar and grill inside the Wirth Chalet, which offers sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, snacks, and beverages, plus free wireless Internet.
Snowshoe Equipment Rental at Wirth
Walking in a winter wonderland is much easier when you have the right shoes - snowshoes! Bring your own, or rent a pair of snowshoes from the Pro Shop inside the Wirth Chalet.
Daily Snowshoe Rental: $12.00 + tax
Wirth Chalet Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 am-8 pm
Saturday: 10 am-8 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm
Holidays and Minneapolis School Release Days: 10 am-8 pm
Call the Wirth Chalet at 763-522-4584 for additional snowshoeing information.
Snowshoeing Programs and Events
The MPRB offers a variety of naturalist-led public snowshoeing and natural history programs for families and individuals of all ages. Along the way you'll pick up some cultural history and discover wildlife and habitats that may seem incredible for our urban environment.
Destinations may include the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Minnehaha Park, Loring Park, Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Theodore Wirth Park and the Mississippi River Gorge.
Below you'll find just a sampling of our snowshoeing events. For more information, please call 612-313-7725.
Moonlight Snowshoeing at Lake Nokomis
Take an evening tour of Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Creek on snowshoes. We'll look for night creatures and watch the sky with the city glowing in the distance. Snowshoes provided.
Snowshoeing at Wirth Park
Snowshoe through Wirth Park in an area that most people only see in summer. Watch for wildlife as you tromp through the snow. Snowshoes provided.
Snowshoeing at the Chain of Lakes
Snowshoe on the chain of lakes passing through canals and getting close to islands. Snowshoes provided.
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