Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)
by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)
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This place has nice scenery and lots to offer in the way of hiking and wildlife viewing. After hiking the trails, a dip in the Mississippi River is always worthwhile.
I did a backpack trip to the furthest southern campsite in the park, de Soto Lake campsite. We spent most of our hiking on the Deer Park trail. The trail was nicely groomed and usually 2-people wide. There was a good amount of elevation change up and down as you meander through about half a dozen lakes, all visible from the trail. The campsite itself was gorgeous. Firepit and tent area were located about twenty feet from the lake. Lake front at this location was sand and small rocks, perfect for swimming. As far as a backpacking trip goes this was an ideal location. Perfect for beginning and experienced backpackers.
A dream park for families trying to get a taste of the camping, hiking, biking experience in a beautiful, historic park. Lots of bike trails, hiking trails, and boat tours of the lake which is the birthplace of the Mississippi River are available. This is the park where my daughter and I had our first backpack camping experience. We made a lot of mistakes. But by the end of the trip, my daughter said, "I don't want you to think I enjoyed this, or that I ever want to do it again, but I am sorry to see it end." The only negative is that the park can be crowded. If you want a car camping site, you need to reserve ahead.
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