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Itasca Lantern Lit event changed to a hike today

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.