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Mississippi Gorge Trail

Minneapolis, MN

Mississippi Gorge Trail is a 7 mile loop trail located near Minneapolis, Minnesota. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Superior Hiking Trail: Manitou and Caribou Rivers
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Packed in and hiked about 100 miles from Two Harbors north, camping at the free campsites that are first come first serve. One guidebook said Gooseberry Falls State Park had food, don't believe it unless a chip/candy bar machine counts as food. Well marked trail, paralleling the Lake Superior shoreline roughly from Duluth to the Canadian border. Much of the trip you can hear traffic from the shoreline highway, but it's not too bad. The trail is quite vertical at times, best to get a guidebook at the SHT office in Two Harbors so you know the level of difficulty. Saw bear on the trail, and wolves are all around. Bring plenty of food, and water filtration, as finding food might take a couple days sometimes. You may see a moose, but more likely not to see one. This is a beautiful trail and pretty well maintained by volunteers. It cuts through private land, national and state forests, and something like 7 state parks. There are some nice parking lots at some entry points, and last I knew the SHTA office provides a small bus shuttle service Friday, Sat. and Sun... but be there on time... if you snooze you lose. Hitch hiking for me always worked, in my 50s I even did some 2 or 3 day trips up the shore with a thumb out, backpack and umbrella. People were pretty cool about moving you up and down the shoreline. Cell coverage can drop out so don't depend on that. Excellent, excellent scenary especially the small canyon like river and stream gorges where the water flows into Lake Superior.

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Red Jacket Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Good paved trail in Mankato, have walked from YMCA to past Mt. Kato. Dog friendly

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Hyland Lake Park Reserve - Richardson Nature Center
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trails for being so close to the city. Many shorter intersecting trails give a good variety as you go.

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hillside park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trails. Challenging and fun obstacles.

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Richard T Anderson Conservation Area Overlook Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

One of the few placs to get some elevation change along with a nice hike in TC region. Very convenient access and beautiful views. I think that in good snow conditions, some of these trails could be skiied. Any body tried this?

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Fort Snelling State Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

What the others have said is accurate. Not much else to add except I'm not sure if they mentioned that you need a State Park day sticker or a season pass for your car. There is a visitor center at the end of the road and you can rent the green bikes near there.

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Eagle Mountain - Minnesota Highpoint
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

The track available on this page is NOT the Eagle Mountain trail. It is a section of the Superior hiking trail that is by the ski resort of Lutsen.
The Eagle mountain trail is further north and connects to the Brule Lake Trail that starts by, you guessed it Brule Lake. The trail can be wet in areas. There are two campsite along the trail on Whale Lake and the second campsite is the better and can hold up to 9 people. (The max group size in the BWCAW.) As this trail goes to the highest point in Minnesota and is fairly short it is a well traveled trail and see a lot of use as a day hike.

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Kekekabic Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This is not a loop trail and is not by Isabella. The trail is off the Gunflint Trail on the East end and by Snowbank Lake on the West end. If you are going to through hike the trail it is a 190 mile trip by car from one end to the other.
This is one of the hardest trails you will find not only in the BWCAW but anywhere. It will take most people 3 days to complete and plan on getting lost at least 3 times as there are sections of the trail that have gone completely wild. Parts of this trail are in fire need of some attention from the USFS but they just don't have the budget needed to maintain it. (Their story, not mine.)
If you want more info there is a very nice guide book available and although it is heavy and some details are slightly inaccurate it is water proof and designed to go with you on the trail.
I have hiked it twice East to West with a hiking partner who has done it more than 20 times. Yes we lost the trail more than once each time.

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Forestville State Park
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39 Completed 26 Reviews

Snowshoeing through some of the southern segments of trail was amazing! It was very cold (high of -4 degrees F) so I saw no one all afternoon. Trails were groomed and maintained for cross country skiers and snowshoers. Very pleased.

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Clifton E. French Regional Park
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

This park has easy to a almost vertical ski trail. They call it the challenge trail. Nice Park but not much for food compared to others. Just pop, candy and maybe popcorn. So it might be a good idea to bring something a little more healthier with you

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