Hiking Cascade River State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 3.5 miles DIFFICULTY Moderate-steep incline up to Lookout Mountain DATE  February 17, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Lookout Mountain, SHT, Cascade Falls After our morning trek to Judge CR Magney State Park, we headed south to Cascade River State Park.  This park is just south of Grand Marais and has a great view of Lake Superior the whole way.  This … Continue reading Hiking Cascade River State Park

Hiking Judge CR Magney State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 3 miles DIFFICULTY Moderate-Hilly, with steep overlooks DATE  February 17, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Devil's Kettle, Brule River This weekend we took a trip to Grand Marais to enjoy two more Hiking Club Trails in the snow, see frozen waterfalls and log some more miles on the Superior Hiking Trail! Judge CR Magney State Park was about a 20 … Continue reading Hiking Judge CR Magney State Park

Hiking Savanna Portage State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5.5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy to moderate DATE  April 23, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  Historic Savanna Portage passageway Today's hike took us up to McGregor MN, Savanna Portage State Park! We grabbed the pup and headed up North to hit Hiking Club trail #20!  As we got closer to the park, we were struck at how quickly the … Continue reading Hiking Savanna Portage State Park

Hiking Father Hennepin State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 2 miles DIFFICULTY Super easy DATE  March 28, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  Very accessible trails, shoreline trail, great for young families Today we were able to hike not one, but TWO Hiking Club Trails in one day. We started at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, hiked their 3.2 mile Hiking Club trail and climbed the tower. Packed up, … Continue reading Hiking Father Hennepin State Park

Hiking Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 3.2 miles DIFFICULTY Easy with a couple of hills DATE  March 28, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  9,000 years of human history, 100 ft fire tower Our 2nd and 3rd Hiking Club trails of 2016 were Mille Lacs Kathio and Father Hennepin State Parks.  We drove about 1.5 hours north of Minneapolis to Mille Lacs Kathio and Father Hennepin … Continue reading Hiking Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Snowshoeing at Fort Snelling State Park

TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 5 miles DIFFICULTY Easy when the trail is not covered in ice. DATE  December 29, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  Bdote, Pike Island, views of the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers After a week at home eating holiday treats and taking the dog for a walk in the neighborhood, we needed to get out!  The snow has been scant … Continue reading Snowshoeing at Fort Snelling State Park

Hiking Frontenac State Park

TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 9 miles DIFFICULTY Moderate DATE  August 13, 2016 MAIN FEATURES  In Yan Teopa Rock, Birdwatching, Hill training Saturday’s adventure took us to Frontenac State Park! The view of Lake Pepin is beautiful and the bird watching is one of the main features of the park, we saw 6 bald eagles! The lower trails near In Yan Teopa … Continue reading Hiking Frontenac State Park

Winter Hiking at Banning State Park

Trip DETAILS LENGTH 6 miles DIFFICULTY easy with occasional hills and rocky terrain DATE HIKED NOVEMBER 25, 2016 MAIN FEATURES Waterfall at Wolf Creek and Scary Trail names! It's Black Friday and we decided we would skip the holiday shopping for the day and  #optoutside along with REI and the 6 million other people who skipped the mall! Most of my … Continue reading Winter Hiking at Banning State Park

Wandering Pine

Wandering Pine is a blog resource for hiking, gear reviews, health, and adventure. I'm a Southern California native, transplanted to Minnesota.  After decades of resistance, the land of 10,000 adventures has finally won me over.  Its beauty, especially in the winter is something I have come to love.  Hiking, backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, and basically any time … Continue reading Wandering Pine