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Registration: Visitor Center. Register after 10 a.m., start no later than 2:30 p.m., finish by 4 p.m. Trail marker removal will begin at 3 p.m.
Award: Sliding otter leather pin.
Cost:?Award, $8; IVV event book credit, $3; walk only, $2. Pre-registration for award is recommended: deadline is January 23. No refund for no-shows. Awards can be reordered for $1.50 additional postage/packing charge. Vehicle permit required.
Distance: The event is sanctioned for 4km (2.5 miles) and includes two 2km easy trails — one out and back, and one loop. Out and back route is relatively flat, through trees and around a small patch of prairie. Loop route starts and ends with a hill but otherwise is flat and goes along the St. Croix River, around Amik’s Pond and some wooded area. Option for a 1km out and back on level route.
Note — Snowshoe availability: Walkers have several options at this event. If you’d like to try traditional wooden bearpaw snowshoes, they can be checked out for free at the Visitor Center. If you’d like to use modern-day aluminum snowshoes, they can be rented at the Trail Center for $12. Walkers are responsible for their own rental and should pick them up before coming to the Visitor Center. Other options are to bring your own if you have them, or walk in your winter boots. The event will be held in any weather except extreme wind chill or blizzard conditions.
POSTPONE DATE: In case of extreme weather, event will be held March 2. Call 612-529-0552 or check www.nstt.org for last minute updates.