Cross Country Skiing
Brainerd Minnesota offers a great selection of Minnesota Cross Country Ski trails in addition to our scenic lakes.
These trails wind through beautiful Minnesota hardwood forests filled with scenic landscape and abundant wildlife. Explore out the Crow Wing State Park or our favorite the Northland Arboretum right in Brainerd with over twenty miles of scenic trails. After a day on these trails head out to Gull Lake for miles of skiing opportunities on one of Minnesota's most famous lakes.
When visiting Brainerd Minnesota for cross country skiing be sure to stay in one of our Brainerd Hotels and Baxter hotels or take the family to a Brainerd/Baxter water park. These facilities will give you centralized acces to all the cross country ski trails and everything else that the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer.
Brainerd Minnesota Cross Country Ski Trails
Click the name of the trail for printable cross country ski map
Larson Lake Ski Trail - Ski pass required
Trails go through a predominantly oak forest with large red and white pines also present in several areas. Many trail segments encircle Tamarack and lack spruce bogs. Rolling hill terrain with intermediate sking ability suggested. 6.2 miles of trail
Wolf Lake Ski Trail- Ski pass not required
Located just ten miles from Brainerd this level to hilly terrain winds through a mixture of hardwoods and mature pine.
Northland Arboretum Ski Trails
Nice winding trails, the Arboretum trails are rated beginer to moderate and are located right in Brainerd. Nearly 5k of the trails are lighted for night skiing. MN ski pass required and a $3.00 parking donation to the Arboretum is requested.
French Rapids Ski Trail - Ski pass required
Offering incredible climbs and descents with stunning views of the Mississippi River. Mainly expert trails.
Other Brainerd Lakes Area Cross Country Ski Trails - Ski pass required -
Click on the name of the trail for a trail map
|Pillsbury Ski Trail||Crow Wing State Park||Pine Beach|
|West Gull Lake||Deep Portage||Foothills|
Some trails require a Minnesota Cross Country Ski trail pass. These funds are used for Cross Country Ski trail upkeep and grooming. if the trail requires it this should be listed on the ski trail map.