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Lebanon Hills Regional Park

St Paul, MN

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Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a 2.5 mile loop trail located near St Paul, Minnesota that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible from June until October.

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Fort Snelling State Park
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57 Completed 1 Reviews

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Wolf Creek Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

The trail is okay, the falls area is pretty cool. It's a super easy hike. Supposedly you can get to the lower hell's gate trail from here, but we couldn't find it.

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Quarry Loop Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This is an awesome trail! Make sure to grab a self-guided tour map. You can access hell's gate rapids from this trail as well which is a fantastic hike.

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Lake Maria State Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Very fun trail! Unpaved. Take bug spray in July!!!

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Interstate State Park
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

The climbing is fun, but the trails are also long and amazing! Great view of the St. Croix River and awesome pot holes to climb around in!

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Sugar loaf to garvin heights road
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

Be ready for a fun hike! We usually start at the base of Sugar Loaf, hike up to Sugar Loaf (climb as far as we can up the actual rock, but be careful. People have died by falling), then continuing towards Garvin Heights Road. It definitely takes more than an hour if you want to take your time with photos and exploring. There are a few forks in the trail, but just note that some of the trails on the southern side lead into people's backyards. There is a fantastic plateau where you can see Sugar Loaf perfectly and is a great spot for watching the sunrise!

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Great River Bluffs State Park Campground
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

Awesome trails with great views of the Mississippi River Valley and of Queen's Bluff (have yet to hike up that). The King's Bluff Trail has an AMAZING meadow of prairie flowers and butterflies! It is so relaxing and beautiful and the hike is not difficult. If, when leaving the park, you want to turn North, there is a back road that goes to Pickwick Mill, Pickwick, MN. The drive is PERFECT and the Mill has a waterfall and some cool history.

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Holzinger Lodge
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

Take a few hours of your day to explore Bluffside Park (the trails behind Holzinger Lodge). There are maps available every so often and the trails simply loop around the bluffs. The cool part about these trails are that they change with elevation. Some begin (or end) at the Woodlawn Cemetary and some go as far West as the "Fire Pit" (Just South of K-Mart located on HWY 61, behind a Ford Car Lot). If you go up the trails at the Fire Ring (a short stone wall circled around a fire pit), you may find "Skinny Man's Cave". I always take new people to this spot because it is quite well hidden. BRING A FLASHLIGHT and a camera. It gets narrow, but once through it opens into a "room" where a few people can sit inside. There are also some amazing rock climbing sites near the cave on the east side (can see the bare rock from 61). Back to the trails...you can easily spend 3+ hours hiking back there. I've seen Lady Slippers (MN state flower), and tons of different mushrooms and wildlife. It is not hard to get lost if you keep in mind what direction you are walking and how to get back. Have fun and maybe check out Woodlawn Cemetary too. There are some cool and unique sites.

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Whitewater State Park
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11 Completed 8 Reviews

Little to NO MOSQUITOES!! Inspiration Point is my favorite due to no signs of human activity and it truly feels untouched. The trail head actually starts along another cute little trail (Trout Run Creek) with 6 bridges (good for Pooh Sticks) that follows Whitewater River. The start is a long haul of stairs, but is totally worth it. At the top you are so close to the turkey vultures flying overhead and can either turn back down or continue North towards Chimney Rock. The trail is relatively flat, but there are clearly different sections of the trail with different types of trees and great views of the valley and the oxbow lake.

Chimney Rock was so cool! Because it is Oneota Dolomite, it is like Swiss Cheese and has a bunch of holes that were created due to chemical weathering and some of the holes have created short tunnels through the rock that you can crawl through to the other side!! At the top of the peaks you can stand on the Shakopee Formation and see the ripple marks on the Dolomite where MN used to be under a tropical, shallow see (geology major, so this stuff excites me).

The Dakota Trail head is fabulous! Bring a flashlight for the small cave because you don't want to surprise a Timber Rattlesnake. The trail was nice and leads to a fork where you can take Coyote Trail up the bluffs to a beautiful prairie and back down to the Visitor Center or take a valley trail down to the park's Meadow. Eagle Point is a short hike (5 min up) with stairs, but once up, there is a variety of loops to choose from (short or long).

The park is beautiful, the geology is amazing, and the staff are awesome! Great for fishing and there is a beach! The trail maps are useful and it is hard to get lost.

One more trail just north of the park near the town of Elba is the Elba Fire Tower. The trail and tower climb takes 10-15 min to hike up (on ave.), but it is worth it! The view is sooo high and serves as a perfect panorama!

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Pincushion Mountain Trails
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes! Just outside Grand Marais on the Gunflint Trail, lots of loops of varying difficulty, and the Pincushion overlook view is a fantastic payoff where you could spend hours exploring the giant rock dome. Beautiful anytime, especially amazing in fall.

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