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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Local Hikes: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

The best hikes near Minneapolis-St. Paul.

by: Shannon Davis



Your Guide

Minnesota Rovers (mnrovers.org)

Your Hikes
» Prairie Loop and River Trail, Afton SP “It’s a beautiful convergence of prairie and deciduous woods with lots of rollers through gently eroded bluffs,” says club president Jack Gleason. You’ll also see white-tailed deer and wild turkeys on this six-miler along the trout-laden St. Croix River. Miles from city center 32; Trip ID 255920

» Grand Portage Trail, Jay Cooke SP See the St. Louis River thunder over slate and red clay bedrock on this 10-mile loop overlapping the North Country Trail. Need more? Link Summer and Silver Creek Trails for a 4.8-miler to quiet camping. Miles from city center 144; Trip ID 776678



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fishndog
Sep 23, 2010

The St. Croix river is not "trout laden." It's a great fishery but not for trout. However, a couple streams which feed the St. Croix from western Wisconsin are great for trout. Check out the Kinni, the Willow, or the Apple if trout are your target.

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