hiking

Join the New Year's First Day Hike

Could there be a better way to start out a new year than skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in a Minnesota State Park?

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MN

Overnighting on the Superior Hiking Trail

Long time Eagle Scout and scoutmaster Todd McMahon (a.k.a. T-man) has hiked five hundred miles over the last three years. In the process, he’s trekked the Superior Hiking Trail from north to south, seeing eighty of its 93 backpack sites. With an eye out for the “coolest” sites, he offers veteran advice for an overnighter on the trail.

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MN

Summer Solitude Along the St. Croix

It was hot and sunny and still and quiet at Afton State Park last Sunday. People wandered the park alone or in small groups, largely along the St. Croix River. There were runners and anglers and backpackers and hikers.

Hiking barefoot

The grass is cold and so are my toes. I’m carrying my shoes and socks, walking barefoot alongside two avid barefoot hikers at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan.

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MN

Little-Known St. Croix Valley hikes

Off-the-beaten-path hikes perfect for a winter weekend day-trip from the Twin Cities.

Land of 10,000 Adventures

Our new contributing editor kicks off the New Year with a cold and inspiring hike at Afton State Park.

Afton State Park naturalist Linda Radimecky

Dr. Roberts Trail reveals its Forest Secrets

 

Dr. Roberts Trail reveals forest secrets

 

by Dave Simpkins

Minnesota’s forests have stories to tell.

Rachael Nicoll, a member of Itasca State Parks Naturalist Corp, told a few of those stories to a group along the Dr. Roberts Nature Trail.

The Naturalist Corp is a special project funded by the Legacy Fund, providing summer interns to lead tours and give presentation at state parks.

Going Blaze

The prime trail clearing season is also the prime deer hunting season in Minnesota in November. Todd McMahon and Matt  Davis didn't take any changes while clearing the North Country Trail through the Chippewa National Forest in Northern Minnesota this November. McMahon wore blaze orange from head to toe, even his backpack loaded with trail clearing gear was orange.

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MN

Hiking the Border Route Trail

“A trail eases our way, but it also narrows your focus,” Paul Gruchow.

        The 64-mile Border Route Trail can be merciless with its steep grades, thick forests and rocky trails.

    It can also be the most beautiful trail you’ll ever hike. Nestled between the Canadian border and the Gunflint Trail, it offers with majestic views of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with lots of plant and wildlife.

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MN

Discover Barefoot Hiking

The grass is cold and so are my toes. I’m carrying my shoes and socks, walking barefoot alongside two avid barefoot hikers at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan.

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MN
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