Due to poor snow conditions, the Lantern Lit event scheduled at Itasca State Park on Saturday, January 7, 2012, has been changed to a lantern lit hike. Hikers will be following the South Entrance Road. The route will be on packed snow. Participants need to wear footwear 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 enjoy a hot drink in the visitor center.
The lantern-lit trail is relatively flat and easy, so that kids and beginners can feel comfortable participating. The route follows the South Entrance Road and is illuminated for 1 mile.
Hikers can access the route from the parking lot at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. The route will be illuminated from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012
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.