“It should be near-perfect conditions.”

candlelight event

Sakatah Lake State Park Manager Dennis Reindl said they’re hosting a candlelight hike on Saturday, and after the recent snowfall and with the temperatures to improve for the weekend he said the conditions couldn’t be much better.

“We’ll have about a foot of fresh snow and we’ll get out and pack that a little bit and it should be perfect conditions for snowshoeing and for hiking,” he explained.

Reindl added that not much transforms the park’s trails quite the way that walking or snowshoeing through them on a bed of fresh snow with the stars overhead and, “The candlelight events are an awesome way to see the trails you may be familiar with or visit a park you’ve never been to and the nighttime conditions give you a different perspective.”

The one or two mile trail loops start at the visitor parking lot and he said they are suitable for beginner-level snowshoers or hikers of all ages.

The evening wraps up with a cup of hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows near a crackling bonfire.

A vehicle permit is required but can be purchased at the park.

The event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.