Willow River Hike

This is such a great park to hike, let's head back for a dip in the Willow River Falls!

Hike length: ~ 6.7 miles.

Hike Speed: ~3-3.5mph, with periodic stops that I am know for.

Elevation Change: ~345'

Dogs: Yes, On-Leash only

The trail up to the Overlook is a little steep, so I would recommend good hiking shoes and maybe a hiking pole.   If you just want to hike to the falls and enjoy that area, the route is a fairly flat and easy hike.

*** As always you DO NOT have to RSVP NO.  ***

CAR POOLING: I am interested in carpooling from my neck of the woods, West-NorthWest metro.  We can meet at the Cub Foods at Hwy100 and 36th Avenue North. There is a parking area on the side of the store between the little plaza and Cub Foods.  I have a Wisconsin park sticker and can take 3-4 other people into the park.  A (Non-Res) daily pass at a Wisconsin park is $10 and a (Non-Res) annual pass, which is only good until December 31st, is $35.

DIRECTIONS TO WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK: take 94 east and stay on that until you see the brown sign indicating the exit to Willow River State Park. I believe it is exit #4. Take that exit and go north. Continue to follow the signs and the park will be on your left-hand side.

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  • Karen

    That was fun! beautiful park and super nice people. Thanks Dave.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    the park was UP OVER THE TOP the hike was a very GOOD = FUN

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Correction, Linda is at the Park but left home with no money or cards. Is someone able to meet her near the park so she can ride in with you? If so, please call her ASAP at[masked]

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Kevin T George! I found her in good spirits and perfect health.

      September 22, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks for your help this morning, Kevin T George

      September 22, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Wonderful day, great hike, good company. Thanks, Dave for organizing!

    September 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Thanks, Dave, for leading us on this hike. What a beautiful park and great people to spend the day with. I think that's the longest hike I've been on.

    September 22, 2013

  • Janet

    Wonderful day and hike.!!! Met some great new friends and had fun reconnecting with some people I haven't seen for a while. Thanks everyone.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are the Hike Details: 8.5 miles; 3 hour hike time; 1078' Actual Elevation Change; Great Pace; Love this park!

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic Hike! Fantastic People! Fantastic Weather! From Start to Finish this was the Funnest and Funniest Willow River hike I've had. Great to see both new members & familiar hikers from my previous events! Thank You all. For those who missed it, you missed quite a fun time out.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Ann

    Omg! My earlier email notification to this pg while on the hike did not take. Must hv been bad reception. It said that Paul, Janet and myself went and finished the hike instead of waiting for the rest of you that went up to the top of the falls to come down. Janet also emailed someone. Hope you all didn't wait or worry about us. Thanks. It was a great hike.

    September 22, 2013

  • Ann

    I know it's late in the evening for planning, but could someone that has a WI pass pick me up at the park & ride just off Hwy 94, exit 258? It's the one just before the bridge to Hudson. Or, if easier, I can meet in Hudson somewhere?

    September 21, 2013

    • Ann

      Looks like I will meet you all there. no worries. : )

      September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dave can you tell me were the Sun Ray Shopping Plaza so I can find it and a cell number If I need it

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kaylene, see below. Sun Ray Shopping Center, St. Paul, MN is off the I94 McKnight Exit. Everyone is meeting in Cub Foods Parking on the side along frontage road. Use Google maps ...... https://maps.google.co...­

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really Glad to see so many returning members coming out for my hike AS WELL AS, new members coming to meet for the first time! If you're among the new or first time group, I recommend carpool so you don't stress about arriving on time, finding the group, etc.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are more and more meeting at Sun Ray Shopping Plaza. Tom, Linda, Kaylene are willing to drive. Park across from Cub Foods along (Old Hudson Road) the frontage road. Please meet at 9am and head out by 9:15.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving so if I can help out let me know

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kaylene, please go to Sun Ray Shopping plaza and meet everyone. More people want to carpool, and we'll likely need you to drive.

      September 18, 2013

  • Tom

    I will be at the Sun Ray Shopping Center ( 94 and McKnight ) at 9:00 if anyone wants to carpool. Meet at the Sun Ray sign across the parking lot from Cub Foods. It looks like a 20 -25 mile drive so I will leave Sun Ray about 9:20.

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Linda

      Let's just meet at Sun Ray Shopping Center at 9:00 and figure out how many people are going and how many cars we will need.

      2 · September 17, 2013

    • Sherry

      I'd like to meet at the Sunray Shopping Center as well. I hope there's room.

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! I am so, so glad I got out for a bike ride yesterday while the sun was out & we had some very pleasant weather. Even if I did get a flat tire :) Sometimes, my Meetup events are last minute and spontaneous.
    Is everyone going to drive themselves to Willow River? How are we doing for Car Pools? I am still looking for riders from the West Metro area.
    There is a very common location members on the East Side of town use to meet & carpool. Sun Ray Shopping Center is off McKnight Road and is a very safe place to leave your vehicle. How many are near there and want to carpool? Please Post Your comments Here! We don't want to be doing this too late.

    September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Pamela, I never saw a response from you. I'm sure everything will work out fine.

      September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like to carpool. I don't have a WI park sticker. I can meet at SunRay at 9.

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for driving Tom, Linda! I definitely suggest leaving at 9:15 or before from this carpool location. Please everyone chime in if you are going to want to carpool from Sun Ray Shopping Center - I started this discussion so everyone will benefit.

    September 16, 2013

    • Linda

      If we need another driver, I can help out

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Pamela

    Thanks for driving, Tom. Linda--Are u still going to drive, or should we go with Tom? I will be there @9am this Sunday. Looking forward to our hike

    September 16, 2013

    • Linda

      I can go with you and Tom

      September 16, 2013

  • Linda

    I would be interested in meeting on the east side and carpooling. Lmk

    September 15, 2013

    • Linda

      I've heard so much about this park, I am excited to explore it

      1 · September 15, 2013

    • Pamela

      Thanks for replying, Linda, and for offering to drive.My Phone# is (310) 706-5992. What time should we meet at Sun Ray shopping center on Sunday?

      September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dave this is my first doing this and I would like to carpool to if there is room

    September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kaylene, if you're coming from the Lakeville area then you will want to carpool from the Sun Ray Shopping Center.

      September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pamela, I am looking to meet people to carpool with me in Crystal. If that is what you're looking to do, I'll meet you at the Cub Foods!

    September 4, 2013

  • Pamela

    I would definitely be interested in carpooling with you. Thanks!

    September 4, 2013

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