A Hiker's Bucket List

A Hiker's Bucket List

For our first selection, we're choosing "10 easy hikes to add to your outdoor bucket list in Minnesota." They may not always be easy hikes, but the views can be breathtaking.


1. Barrier Falls Overlook Trail.

It's located a few miles off of Highway 61 near Grand Marais.


2. Upper Cliffline Trail at Blue Mounds State Park.

This spot “offers gorgeous views of the pink quartzite cliffs that the park is known for.”


3. High Falls Trail at Grand Portage State Park.

During this hike along the Pigeon River, you’ll hear the high falls before you see them.


4. Tettegouche Lake Overlook Trail.

The journey is less than a mile through dense forest to a view of Lake Tettegouche from above.


5. Oberg Mountain Loop.

According to the website, the loop “winds up Oberg Mountain to offer a great view of Lake Superior, Leveaux Mountain and Carlton Peak, not to mention Superior National Forest.” 


6. Dr. Roberts Trail in Itasca State Park.

This trail goes by a bog and ladyslippers.


7. River Trail in Wild River State Park.

This park is in Center City and has 30 miles of hiking trails, which includes 14 miles of easy trails.


8. Gooseberry River Loop in Gooseberry Falls State Park.

At the end of the hike you see the upper falls of the Gooseberry River. The website calls it “definitely worthy of your bucket list.” 


9. Congdon Park Trail.

It’s located in the middle of Duluth and it is along Tischer Creek. It has some views of small waterfalls.


10. Kings Bluff in Great Bluffs State Park.

The walk takes you high above the Mississippi River in Winona. “The sweeping view also encompasses the delta of Wisconsin’s Black River, endless trees and river channels and an impressive view of the nearby Queen’s Bluff. All that in only 3.6 miles of easy hiking? Definite bucket list material.”


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