New Meetup: Slackpacking and snapshooting at Perrot

From: Dave
Sent on: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:31 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Minneapolis/St. Paul Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Slackpacking and snapshooting at Perrot

When: October 9,[masked]:00 AM

Price: $5.00 per person

Perrot State Park
on the Mississippi River
Trempealeau, WI 54661

Wanting to get one more good weekend of camping in before the snow hits but not wanting to share the woods with all those hunters on the trail? Join us for this weekend of camping and hiking the trails at Perrot State Park in Wisconsin the weekend of October 9-10-11.

The park is located just down river from Winona in Wisconsin. We will be staying at the group "A" campsite. I was at the park on 9/19 and the leaves have barely started changing so they should be in full color by that time. The park has great trails with spectacular views of the bluffs and overlooking the wetlands of the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge.

This will be a "car camping" event so bring all the conviences you want for keeping warm at night, cooking great dishes, and lounging during the day if that is your desire. I plan to hike the roughly 8 mile loop up to Brady's Bluff, around Perrot Ridge and past Reeds Peak to the bluffs on the east end of the park. It is a great hike that combines great bluffland views with hiking through ravines in a forest with a very high canopy and short under growth.

Later on Saturday evening we can hike up to Trempealeau Mountain to view a great sunset over the wildlife refuge and then enjoy another great evening around the campfire.

I will have a jumbo tarp set up just in case rain is predicted. The campsite is about 1 foot from the parking area so you won't need to carry the gear very far.

The $5 cost for this event is to help cover the cost of the group site. I will be collecting the money at the campsite. Although you can sign at anytime, early signup is appreciated to allow for planning. (After all, there may be some dutch oven cooking) If the campsite becomes full, camping will be limited to those who signed up. All vehicles will need a Wisconsin State Park sticker/permit.

Carpooling can be arranged through this website as there will be no planning meeting for this event.

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