60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul
by Tom Watson (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Spent three and a half hours trekking through the NE corner of this park. Encountered deer, grouse, loons, sparrows and some nice views of what I would call prairie meadow/marshland .....my daughter likened the setting to the hobbits' Shire with its lush green grasses and low rolling hills....I heartily agreed! A very welcome beginner hiking park. Wide trails, no steep elevation changes and MILES of trails to train those legs with relatively little risk of injury makes this an outstanding park to hone your backpacking skills.......all within 20-30 minutes of downtown Minneapolis. Only four stars because, at least in the NE corner we trekked, there were no real WOW moments of stunning beauty as one would see along the north shore or in other national parks. But hey we didn't have to drive 10 hours round trip or fly across country either to really enjoy a quiet beautiful secluded hike 25 minutes from home and I like that!
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