60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul Guide Book

by Tom Watson (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Minneapolis and St Paul  by Tom Watson

288pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0897329333

Using clear and entertaining narrative, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul introduces newcomers and lifelong residents alike to a surprising array of the best day hikes within a 60-mile radius of these fascinating cities.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.
... Preview: The main trail leaving from the parking lot at Afton State Park is like a promenade leading to the main activity areas of the park. Its wide, paved path leads hikers down an incline along a gradually ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Prescott, WI - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
... Preview: Like other parks past the western edge of the Twin Cities metro area, Baker Park Reserve’s 2,700 acres lie atop the Des Moines ground moraine—a remnant of the Wisconsin ice age—which covers this entir ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Orono, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: “The most beautiful prospect that the imagination can form.” That’s how 18th-century explorer Jonathan Carver described the view from Barn Bluff. Rising 343 feet above the town of Red Wing, Barn Bluff ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Red Wing, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75
... Preview: The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is only 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. That and its 34 miles of river bottoms teeming with wildlife and natural amenities make it one of only four ur ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Bloomington, MN - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: There are three distinct units to Battle Creek Park. The northern unit is made up of a picnic area, playgrounds, and other amenities centered on a small lake; the western unit is a trailhead at the en ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Maplewood, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: The first impression one gets from entering Baylor Regional Park is that it’s not really a park at all but a restored farm site. The large barn right across the parking lot that serves as the park’s h ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Norwood, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: The official trailhead for this trail is actually at the northern terminus at Lilydale. However, because of very limited parking, a rather unsafe road crossing, and the fact that the southern end is b ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Mendota, MN - Hiking
... Preview: Noted for its steep, rolling hills, the park’s trail network enables hikers to combine a walking workout with glimpses of nature’s handiwork preserved in a bustling urban setting. From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Hopkins, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
... Preview: This part of Anoka County is made up of sandy soil—so sandy that early attempts at farming failed. The county’s Parks and Recreation Department created Bunker Hills in 1963 and since then has created ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Andover, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: Typical of converted railroad beds with long straightaways and graceful curves, this trail courses through a beautiful southern Minnesota river valley. There are several points along the river where y ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Miesville, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 19.5
... Preview: The 23,000 acres of the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area offer some of the best wetlands viewing of birds and other wildlife close to the Twin Cities. More than 275 species of migratory ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Wyoming, MN - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.7
... Preview: Carver Park Reserve covers more than 3,000 acres, one-third of which are interconnecting lakes, marshes, and sloughs. Yet one of the most diverse parts of Carver is represented in the area around the ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Mound, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5 miles
... Preview: Like most parkway trail systems, the City Lakes Chain can be entered/exited anywhere along the pathway. You can also link this hike with several others in the book, including the Lake Nokomis, Minneha ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Richfield, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
... Preview: This is one of those casual hiking areas where you can amble along at a slow pace or speedwalk for some aerobic exercise. The 3.8-mile trail encircles the lake along a gradually undulating pathway tha ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Prior Lake, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: Like several other urban Minneapolis parks, Clifton E. French Regional Park is completely surrounded by concrete corridors and building complexes. Still, it preserves a glimpse of what this country ar ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Plymouth, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75
... Preview: While the key feature that draws visitors to this park is a restored dam across the Mississippi River, it’s the primitive bottomlands along the riverbank that provide the appeal for many hikers. From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Coon Rapids, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Twenty years ago, when I was a county planner in Washington County, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park was one of my projects for developing the area’s recreational potential. At that time the count ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Cottage Grove, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: There’s a lot of history along the Mississippi River, some of it big and bold, like Fort Snelling, and some barely noticeable beyond the bluff line. Such is the case with Crosby Farm. From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Mendota, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: Crow-Hassan Park offers a full range of natural amenities, from expansive, rolling prairielike grasslands above the river valley to pockets of oaks and other hardwoods scattered along trails that wind ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Hanover, MN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: Douglas State Trail has many of the same attributes as Luce Line, an extensive 60-plus-mile trail stretching from the western suburbs of Minneapolis toward the central plains of southcentral Minnesota ... From the guidebook "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul"
Douglas, MN - Hiking