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Itasca Lantern Lit event changed to a hike today

outdoors Park Rapids,Minnesota 56470
Park Rapids Enterprise
Itasca Lantern Lit event changed to a hike today
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Due to ice and poor snow conditions the Lantern Lit event scheduled at Itasca State Park tonight, Jan. 19, has been changed to a lantern lit hike. Hikers will be following the bicycle and self-guided trails by the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. An alternate route has been selected and will be on partially packed snow. Participants need to wear snow boots with slip-resistant soles and good treads.

This popular family-friendly event provides an opportunity to hike on a trail illuminated by the warm glow of lanterns. Park visitors can then warm up around a cozy fire at the trail head and roast marshmallows or bring your own hot dogs to roast at the fire. Refreshments will be served inside the visitor center.

The lantern-lit route will follow two trails. The self-guided trail by the visitor center is illuminated for one-third mile round trip and is relatively flat and easy, so that kids and beginners can feel comfortable participating. The longer route will follow the self-guided trail onto the bike trail to Preachers Grove. This route is more rolling and is approximately 1+miles round-trip.Hikers can access the route from the front of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. The route will be illuminated from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

This event is free, but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. Vehicle permits ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit) can be purchased at the park.

This program is subject to change or cancellation on short notice depending on weather and trail conditions.