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Candlelight ski or hike (Minnesota DNR special event) | numerous events - FYI!
If candlelight events are not already an annual tradition for you, let this be an opportunity for you get out and experience winter adventure in a whole new light. This location is one in a whole series of candlelight events held annually, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in many state parks. It is free, no need to sign up. Here are the details for this specific walk. Short, easy trails will be lit with lanterns or luminaries, and you can drop in any time during the events to go whatever distance is comfortable for you. Afterward, warm up with refreshments by a crackling fire. [If conditions were to warrant it, and you were planning to cross-country ski (versus hiking or snowshoeing), you would need to have a paid state cross-country ski-trail pass (daily or seasonal). You can find out the information from the DNR site.] Anyone age 16 or older must carry a signed ski pass ( to use groomed cross-country ski trails in state parks or state forests, or on state trails or grant-in-aid trails. Some parks offer rentals. See a list of cross-country ski rentals ( or snowshoe rentals ( Restrooms and so-called vault toilets are open daily at all Minnesota state parks throughout the year. Before you go... Find out the snow conditions ( Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. Generally a candlelight event will go on even when there's no snow - it just becomes a candlelight hike, rather than snowshoe or ski. When in doubt, call the park.

William O'Brien State Park Visitor's Center

16821 O'Brien Trail North · Marine on St. Croix, MN

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Join us to meet other local people who like to walk and talk. These walks generally are not vigorous hikes. The Meetup is for adult-only, no-pets walks. We walk different trails, parks and neighborhoods in, around and outside the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. In the winter, there sometimes are indoor walks.

Use the "Suggest a New Meetup" tab for proposing a specific walk to host on your own if there's not already a convenient walk near you. With about 6,000 people, there may be others nearby who'd like to join you. Find a group of walking buddies. Get adventurous to explore new parks and natural areas.

Please chip in through the "Chip In" button on the home page of the Walking Meetup to help cover the hosting fees charged to the organizer if you appreciate this Meetup. Even $5 is appreciated. Thanks.

NOTE: To avoid favoritism, we do not do ANY charity walks. Also, this is a not a business networking group. Thanks for understanding!

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