Maps & Trail Conditions

Getting outside is a super important piece of keeping your mind and body healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. When using the park trails, it is more important than ever to place your and others’ safety as your top priority. Refer to this CDC video for appropriate social distancing guidelines. If you are a competitive person or trying to achieve your PR, please use the trails at off peak times such as early in the morning or other less busy times. “Threading the needle” between other trail users has never been cool and is even less cool now! Respect all and don’t forget that social distancing rules apply to trail users too!

Check out these other resources regarding proper social distancing etiquette on trails:

Before you can ski on any of the trails (or fat-tire bike on the snowmaking loop), you must first purchase a Ski Trail Pass – an All-Access Ski Trail Pass is required to access the snowmaking/lighted loop. You can pick up your physical ski pass at the ticket window outside the front of The Trailhead during the hours listed on our ski trail pass webpage. Your ski pass must be on you and visible at all times when using the trails.

Upcoming Course Closures

On the dates listed below, sections of the snow-making and natural ski trails will be closed for large events in alignment with MN Department of Health COVID-19 event guidance. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

If the all trails at Theodore Wirth Park are closed, and you are looking for somewhere else to ski, your trail pass also grants you access to Columbia Golf Course, Hiawatha Golf Course, and the Chain of Lakes.

  • Monday, March 1 (9am – 3:30pm): All Snowmaking Trails in North Theodore Wirth Park will be closed for high school section meets.
  • Tuesday, March 2 (9am – 3:30pm): All Snowmaking Trails in North Theodore Wirth Park will be closed for high school section meets.
  • Wednesday, March 3 (9am – 3:30pm): All Snowmaking Trails in North Theodore Wirth Park will be closed for high school section meets.
  • Friday, March 5 – Sunday, March 7 (ALL DAY): All Snowmaking Trails in North Theodore Wirth Park will be closed for the Midwest Junior Regional Championships.

High School Meets

The course is still open for the following dates, but the events below may cause the trails / parking lots to be more crowded:

  • Thursday, February 25:
    • 12pm (noon) – 3pm: South Suburban Conference High School Meet on the snowmaking trails

Our system consists of groomed ski trails including Theodore Wirth Regional Park Ski Trails, Hiawatha Regional Park Ski Trails, the Chain of Lakes Regional Park Ski Trails, and Columbia Golf Course Ski Trails.

A portion of the Theodore Wirth Park Ski Trails are groomed with manufactured snow and are lighted from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cross Country Skiing & Skijoring

Ski Passes are required on all of these trails.

Fat-tire Biking

Fat tire bikes are allowed on the snowmaking/lighted loop ONLY on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6pm – 9pm. An All-Access Ski Trail Pass is required to access the trails. Tires must be wider than 3.7″ and tire pressure must be less than 10psi – no exceptions. Standard mountain bikes are NOT ALLOWED. For more information and rules, visit our fat-tire biking webpage.

Theodore Wirth Regional Park has many single track trails throughout. Some of the trails are maintained by MORC and trail conditions can be found on their User Forum. The Area 36, 45 North, and Conundrum trails are maintained by The Loppet Foundation and trail conditions are listed below. Please respect the trails and use when appropriate!

Mountain Biking, Hiking & Trail Runnnig

We encourage participants to bike, bus, or walk to Theodore Wirth Park. If you are driving to the park, plan ahead if you will be using the trails during peak hours in the early mornings/evenings and weekends, and be sure to arrive with plenty of time to park and walk to your lesson/training group.

Parking is available for free in the following lots (Please refer to the complete Loppet parking map for exact locations of lots):

  • The Trailhead North and South Lots. These lots are in front of The Trailhead and provide the closest access to Mill Valley Market and the rental shop, which also means they are usually the first to fill. There is easy access from here to the snowmaking and natural, groomed ski trails in north Theodore Wirth Park.
  • The Chalet Lot. This lot is in front of the Chalet and it provides easy access to both the snowmaking and natural, groomed ski trails in north Theodore Wirth Park.
  • The Overflow Lot. This lot is north of the Chalet on Theodore Wirth Parkway and is the closest to the 45 North and Conundrum multi-use singletrack trails. This lot’s opening is contingent upon plowing conditions.
  • Wirth Beach Lots. There are three parking lots here, all with immediate access to the groomed, natural snow trails in south Theodore Wirth Park.
  • Mortenson Lot: Access this lot from Hwy 55, by turning north on Meadow Ln just one block west of Theodore Wirth Pkwy. It is about a 5-10 minute walk by trail to the manufactured snow loop – or a 400m walk the other direction to the SE intersection of Hwy 55 and Theodore Wirth Pkwy where you can access the natural, groomed ski trails in south Theodore Wirth Park and the many multi-use hiking, snowshoeing, and biking trails along Theodore Wirth Parkway. This lot is only available on weekends and after 5pm on weekdays. Please do not park in any Reserved or labelled parking spots.
Trail Camera at The Trailhead

To assist with COVID-19 social distancing, we have compiled the following list of when our winter programs will be using the ski trails at Theodore Wirth Park. In accordance with the current Governor’s Order, all Loppet Foundation program participants will practice in groups of 25 or less and will be required to wear a face covering at all times when practicing. Our trails are open to all during the times listed below, but please be aware that the trails may be busier during these higher use times.

Monday:

  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – LNR Adults Gung Ho Beginners Skate
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – LNR Adults Women’s Advanced Skate
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – TRAIL KIDS
  • 6:30 – 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Beginner Classic
  • 6:30- 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Level 1 Classic
  • 6:30- 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Level 2 Classic
  • 6:30- 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Skate Mixed Group

Tuesday:

  • 8:00 – 9:30am – LNR Adults Beginner/Intermediate Racing Skate
  • 9:00- 11:00am – Loppet Ski Club Skate Mixed Group
  • 9:00- 11:00am – Loppet Ski Club Classic Mixed Group
  • 3:30pm – LNR Juniors
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – TRAIL KIDS
  • 6:00 – 7:20pm – LNR Adults Beginner/Intermediate Racing Skate
  • 6:30 – 8:30pm LNR TOAST
  • 6:30 – 8:00pm – LNR Adults Men’s Wave 1 Advanced Skate
  • 6:30 – 8:00pm – LNR YAMS

Wednesday:

  • 6:30 – 8:00am – LNR LEMONS
  • 7:00 – 8:30am – LNR Adults Gung Ho Beginners Classic
  • 8:30am – LNR Juniors
  • 9:00 – 10:30am – LNR Adults Intermediate Skate
  • 10:00 – 11:30am – LNR Adults Women’s Wednesday Warriors: Intermediate/Advanced Skate and Classic
  • 10:00 – 11:30am – LNR Adults Women’s Wednesday Technique and Fitness Training
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – TRAIL KIDS
  • 6:30 – 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Beginner Skate
  • 6:30 – 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Level 1 Skate
  • 6:30- 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Level 2 Skate
  • 6:30- 8:30pm – Loppet Ski Club Classic Mixed Group

Thursday:

  • 8:00 – 9:30am – LNR Adults Intermediate/Advanced Classic
  • 10:00 – 11:30am – LNR Adults Intermediate Skate
  • 3:30pm – LNR Juniors
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – LNR Adults Intermediate Skate
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm – TRAIL KIDS
  • 6:00 – 7:15pm – LNR YAMS
  • 6:30 – 8:30pm LNR TOAST

Friday:

  • N/A

Saturday:

  • 8:00am – LNR Juniors
  • 9:00- 11:00am – Loppet Ski Club Skate Mixed Group
  • 9:00- 11:00am – Loppet Ski Club Classic Mixed Group

Sunday:

  • 8:00am – LNR Juniors