Fee:Free. All programs offered by the National Lakeshore are free. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun.
Type of Event
All hikes start with an introduction at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide an introduction and basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day. Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside for about two hours. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable.
This winter season, ranger-led hikes will be offered on Wednesday, December 27, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm; and Saturday, December 30, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. These two ranger-led hikes will be for all experience levels.
If snow depth allows, snowshoes will be provided.Snowshoes will be loaned at no charge to participants that do not have their own. The National Lakeshore has traditional and modern snowshoes available.
The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for one and a half miles at the most. Locations are determined the day before based on weather conditions.