Trail Hours

7 am-9 pm daily

Trail Passes

A Cross-Country Ski Pass is required on all Minneapolis ski trails for individuals ages 12 and older. 

Equipment Rentals

Cross county skis are available to rent at Winter Recreation HQ at Wirth Park, Columbia and Hiawatha Golf Courses. A deposit of a driver's license or $5 per person or group is required.

Package (skis, poles, & boots): $12
Skis: $5.50
Poles: $2.25
Boots: $4.25

Rates listed do not include sales tax.

More than 20 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails vary from open sections with spectacular views of Downtown Minneapolis, to wooded trails overlooking scenic lakes.

Cross-Country Ski Lessons (Classic and Skate)

We offer cross-country ski lessons through the Loppet Foundation. Day pass is included in lesson.

Locations: Wirth Winter Recreation Area, Hiawatha and Columbia golf courses
When: Saturdays and Sundays
Cancellation Policy: Weather related session cancellations are non-refundable, but can be put toward a future lesson.  There are no refunds for personal cancellations.

Volunteer Ski Ambassadors

Our Ski Ambassadors check ski passes and patrol the cross-country ski trails throughout the Minneapolis parks.

Locations: Wirth Winter Recreation Area, Hiawatha and Columbia golf courses

Email for More Information

Wirth Park

See the Loppet website for hours, rental prices, and trail maps.

Winter activities at Theodore Wirth Park are offered through a new partnership with the Loppet Foundation. Explore 700 acres of urban forest and try winter activities including cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, off-road cycling, and more. To learn more about park hours and building locations, view park information.


Skijoring a growing winter sport in which a dog assists a cross-country skier. The skier and the dog each wear a harness, and are connected by a length of rope. Learn more about skijoring trails on the Loppet website.

Winter Adventure Camp

Theodore Wirth Park is its own Adventure and it becomes your child’s on ramp to non-stop Winter fun led by the skilled coaches at the Loppet Foundation.

Columbia Golf Course

Trail Information

The 8 kilometer trail is groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The trail is not lighted.

Building Location

Columbia Golf Course
3300 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Building Hours

Saturday-Sunday: 9 am-5 pm
All school release days: 9 am-5 pm

Trail Condition Reports*

Trail Map [PDF]

*Minneapolis cross-country ski trail reports and conditions are shared by local skiers at

Hiawatha Golf Course

Trail Information

Hiawatha offers a gentle 4.1 kilometer classic and skate trail with a great view of the Minneapolis skyline.

Building Location

Hiawatha Golf Course
4553 Longfellow Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Building Hours

Friday-Sunday: 10 am-6 pm
All school release days: Closed

Trail Condition Reports*

Trail Map [PDF]

*Minneapolis cross-country ski trail reports and conditions are shared by local skiers at

Chain of Lakes

Trail Information

Generally very flat, the Chain of Lakes Trails are great for beginners or anyone wanting a leisurely ski through some of Minneapolis' most beautiful areas. Access the trail from anywhere around the lakes. Ski all the way to the Wirth Chalet in North Minneapolis with only two road crossings.

  • Cedar Lake Park (3 km)
  • Cedar Lake and West Cedar Lake (3 km)
  • Kenilwirth Channel (2 km)
  • Lake of the Isles (3.5 km)
  • Lake Calhoun (5 km)

There are no indoor facilities or ski passes available at the following locations.

Brownie Lake
Cedar Lake
Lake of the Isles

Chain of Lakes Trail Condition Reports*

*Minneapolis cross-country ski trail reports and conditions are shared by local skiers at