Hike the Big Woods of Lake Maria State Park : 50-75% Fall Colors!!



Join Chip and I for a 5-6 mile hike at one of my favorite State Parks within an hour from the Twin Cities!  Colors are getting to be amazing at this point in the 'Big Woods' of MN.  All hiking levels welcome.


The trails at Lake Maria State Park will take us through many samples of Minnesota's natural history - remnants of the "Big Woods,", marshes, and glacier formed potholes. Noted for its wildlife, including an endangered species of turtle, and a stopping point for trumpeter swans. The park offers a full plate of sights on winding trails through oak forests.  Those that have gone for the first time in the past always returned to enjoy this beautiful treasure of MN.


Leaf Colors: 50 - 75%

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What you'll see:
Many trees are showing yellows,golds and shades of red and orange. Scattered maples are showing peak color. Prairies and grasslands have shades of red/brown with yellow and purple flowers in bloom. Interior woodlands are showing many shades of light green and yellow with some maples showing red/orange. Oak Trees are mostly green and just starting to change color.

Also of interest:
Waterfowl,hawks and song birds are migrating through the park. Look for trumpeter swans near the wildlife Observation area. Deer, wild turkey and a variety of frogs are common sights.

Since we will be hiking close to lunch time, please bring a snack and water bottle. After the hike, we will meat at a restaurant and have a real lunch with a nice cold beer for those interested.


State Park sticker is required for each vehicle.  Day pass is $5 but I usually reccommend annual pass for $25.  It is good for a year beginning at time of purchase and it's good for all MN State Parks. If you're interested in car pooling, we can pick a spot to meet somewhere in the northwest metro.

Dogs are definitely welcome.


Louie

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**NO NEED TO RSVP 'NO' IF NOT GOING UNLESS YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR RSVP FROM A YES.**

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  • Coach L.

    Great time Louie. Sorry we got there late and missed the group until the end. We still had a wonderful time hiking before the rain fell. : ) Couldn't find the swans. Did anyone see them? Nice park.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Hike. Thanks

    October 13, 2013

  • Louie

    Thank you everyone for coming out on the hike. What amazing yellow canopies of leaves in the Big Woods. Would have been even more spectacular if the sun came out to make those colors jump out more. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet all of you and talk a bit since we seemed to have split up a bit with the different paces. Hope you had a great time and I look forward to seeing you again in the near future and hopefully get to socialize a bit more. I will be posting my pictures soon.

    October 13, 2013

  • Janet

    I will try and make this, but if Im not there at 11 please dont wait.

    October 12, 2013

    • Louie

      Hope to see you Janet

      October 12, 2013

  • sc

    I'm interested in the hiking.anyone can give me a ride if pass through downtown minneapolis?

    October 12, 2013

  • Louie

    Looks like the weather will cooperate tomorrow for our hike. Temperature will be approximately low to mid 50s so please dress for the weather. I recommend dressing in layers so you can shed some layers as you hike. We will be on dirt trails with some rocks. Part of the trail will be shared with horseback riders, but we normally don't run into too many. Usually 2-4 horses at most. Tennis shoes will work just fine if that's what you prefer to wear. Please try to be on time as a courtesy for others. We will start hiking right at 11:10. If running late, please give me a call. We will meet in the main lot at the Trail Head. Once you enter the park and drive past the park office, take the first left and that will lead you to the parking lot. There should be signage for it. Just look for the large group of people that are eager to hike.

    Thanks for your interest and I look forward to meeting some new members to enjoy this beautiful park and it's colors.

    Louie
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    October 11, 2013

  • Almost Famous D.

    I am hoping to make it but won't know till morning. Are we carpooling or is everyone on their own?

    October 11, 2013

    • Louie

      I suggested about carpooling if people were interested. But most are just meeting up there.

      October 11, 2013

  • Tiffany T.

    Is this mostly trails? Or would you suggest boots? Not sure what to expect.
    Thanks can't wait...

    October 11, 2013

    • Louie

      Hi Tiffany...yes it is dirt trail that is also shared by horse riders in some sections. It is doable by tennis shoes. If ground gets damp I would suggest hiking boots. Hope that helps.

      October 11, 2013

  • Louie

    Looks like weather will be good for tomorrow. Will be partly cloudy and breezy but no rain. Dressing In layers will be best so you can peal off once you warm up walking. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    October 11, 2013

  • Charlotta

    Wish I could make it, but unfortunately most weekends I'm not available. Sounds like fun,l!

    October 11, 2013

  • Coach L.

    Is there an obvious place for us all to meet once inside the park?

    October 10, 2013

    • Louie

      The trail head parking lot.

      October 10, 2013

  • Sue

    The colors at this park are the best in the world. This is the best park to hike for fall colors and you won't be disappointed going. Sure wish I could make it, as it's also one of my favorite parks.

    October 10, 2013

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