Snowshoeing at Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse is easily my favorite place to snowshoe after a fresh snow, I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!
Nick H., Front Desk Manager

23 Miles North of Larsmont Cottages

What to Bring
Snowshoes, trekking poles are helpful for the bigger hills.

Winter Trail Map

Nick's Guide to Snowshoeing at Split Rock Lighthouse

Date of Hike: January 22, 2019
The morning after an overnight snowstorm.

The scenery at Split Rock Lighthouse was breathtaking after the 7-8 inches of fresh snowfall we received. It was a warm and sunny day, and it was so calm that the lake looked like a giant sheet of glass.

I started my trek by hiking down to the water and basking in the sunlight for about a half hour. Taking in the views of Split Rock Lighthouse, Ellingson Island, and all the snow-covered trees.

From there I hiked into the woods and off the trail to put the snowshoes to the test.

The snow was deep and a bit difficult to move through, but I was rewarded with excellent views of the snow covered forest and of the lighthouse off in the distance. Split Rock Lighthouse is easily my favorite place to snowshoe after a fresh snow, I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!



Trail Difficulty – The trails within the park are VERY well groomed, especially for Cross Country Skiing. However, since I opted to snowshoe for this trip I did not utilize these trails out of respect for the skiers, instead, I hiked both alongside the trails, and just straight through the woods. There are a few big hills here and there, but overall this is very easy terrain to cover, perfect for a day trip!

How Long – I chose to hike about three miles total, which took me about two hours in the new, powdery snow.

Parking – Parking lot near “Little Two Harbors” puts you in the nexus of all the trails throughout the park. The perfect starting point!

Wildlife Viewing – I saw a HUGE pileated woodpecker about halfway through my hike. I also came across a few grouse. I happened across some fox tracks as well, but unfortunately did not see the fox that made them!

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