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State parks and trails to host winter candlelight events for all ages [UPDATED]

Published 10:21am Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Updated 12:25pm Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thirty candlelight ski, snowshoe and hiking events are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks and trails this winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

• Glendalough State Park will conduct its candlelight event from 6;30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15, at the park, locataed about 1.5 miles from Battle Lake on Hwy 78, and 1.8 miles east on County Hwy 16.

Participants can ski by moonlight and candlelight, then sip on hot cider by the fire in the Trail Center.

Bring some marshmallows to roast or a snack to share. Or make a weekend of it by reserving a stay in one of Glendalough’s heated camper cabins.

Approximately one and a half miles of trail will be lighted for the event.

If you need rental skis for the evening, please pick them up in the afternoon or call ahead to reserve them for pickup at the trail center. A state park vehicle permit and Great Minnesota Ski Pass are required.

• Maplewood will host its candlelight event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the park.

The one-mile trail around Cataract Lake will be groomed and lit for skiers, snowshoers, and hikers. Snowshoes will also be available for use.

The Friends of Maplewood will have chili, hot drinks, and a bon fire starting at 5 p.m. with the 150 candles lit at 6 p.m.

The park entrance is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108.


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