Best Gateway State Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 38th most popular XC Ski in Minnesota.

  Minnesota, US


  July 28, 2016

Starting in St. Paul, the Gateway State Trail is a paved 18.3 mile multi-purpose route open to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross country skiing. This paved trail cuts through a cross-section of urban areas, parks, lakes, wetlands and fields in Ramsey and Washington Counties. Many trail users are surprised to find these rural landscapes so close to the metro area, while others appreciate the access it provides to downtown and the State Capitol complex.

Located on a former Soo Line Railway grade, the trail is very level and is wheelchair accessible. It provides access to other trail opportunities in Phalen-Keller Regional Park, connections to Stillwater and other destinations in Washington County.

For 9.7 miles of the Gateway, between I-694 and the eastern end at Pine Point Park, the paved trail adjoins a separate, unpaved trail for horseback riding or carriage driving. These 9.7 miles are groomed for cross country skiing in the winter on the paved trail. Motorized vehicles are not permitted anywhere on the trail.

Trail Access Points:

- South of the intersection of Co. Rd. B and White Bear Avenue at Maplewood

Community Center.

- Near the intersection of Hwy. 36 and I-694. Take Hwy. 36 to Hadley Avenue in

Oakdale. Turn south go 1/4 block to 55th Street North. Turn east (left) go 1/2 mile to

parking lot on south (right) near I-694 overpass.

- Near Lake Masterman on Hwy. 96 in Grant.

- The trails eastern end. Take County Road 55 to Pine Point Park five miles north of

Stillwater. Turn west (left) to parking lot in the park. There is a small parking fee


Directions to Pine Point County Park (northeastern terminus of the trail):

From State Highway 96, turn north on County Road 55 north for three miles. Turn left into the park.

From County Road 7, turn south on County Road 55. Then turn right into the park.

Overall, Gateway State Trail is the 38th most popular cross country ski area of all 38 Nordic ski destinations in Minnesota.

Local Contacts:  MN DNR (651) 296-6157; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700.

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/28/2016

ID:  19299

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