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Afton Alps Fall Fair Hike in Afton State Park

No need to have a State Park sticker for this one. It's the last weekend of the Afton Alps Fall Fair, so we can attend the festivities after the hike and the sweetest part...is we can park in the Afton Alps parking lot.

For this hike we'll be taking a seldom used trail which has a big hill right off the bat. The trailhead is right by the bottom ticket shacks at Afton Alps and you really have to look for the trailhead to find it.

We'll go up the side of the hill (and I recommend hiking poles for this portion), then hike around the hilltop before descending down to the creek floor. From there it's more hills until we reach the meadow at the top of the hill. From there it's flat going as we head towards the St Croix River. We'll go down towards the river, up another hill to the parking lot by the Visitors Center and then take another hill down again towards Afton Alps. We'll then kinda sorta jump over a slight barrier by the Meadows Chalet and walk back to the Main Chalet for some rest and it can be done by taking a hayride. The hayride will take us along some of the route we hiked.

If you haven't taken a hayride before here's your chance and it takes you past some familiar scenery along the State Park/Afton Alps boundry line.

This will be a long hike of probably over 6 miles, so please make sure you have the appropriate footwear, snacks and lots of water. If it rains on Saturday we'll move the hike to Sunday, October 11th.

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  • Deb S

    Wonderful autumn hike with lots of energetic folks. Thank you to the organizers!

    October 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great day with fantastic weather!

    October 10, 2011

  • Janet

    Beautiful day, and wonderful company. They don't get better than this

    October 10, 2011

  • Joey F.

    A nice long hike on varied terrain in beautiful weather. Fun group too and everyone was in good spirits.

    October 10, 2011

  • Dave

    Excellent hike, fun trails, fun things to do after, and a great group of people.

    October 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, beautiful location, amazing Fall weather, very nice people.

    October 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day, and lots of miles under our feets that I've not calculated yet :))))) It's just nice to see inclusion in action - thanks to everyone who came out, and of course, You Too Sue!

    October 9, 2011

  • Susan104

    My first hike led by Sue and it was FABULOUS!!! I really like the options she gave people - to take slightly different routes and meet up with the group again and to allow hikers to finish the hike with her or to continue hiking under the watchful eyes of another talented OSL coordinator. Thank you Sue!

    October 9, 2011

  • Lance S

    Glorious !!! This bunch could have a great hill or trail party at a future winter event. Thank You Sue !!!

    October 9, 2011

  • Sarah

    Carol and Ruby,

    Do you have room for 1 or two more in your carpool? I also live in SLP and was going to pick up Don. I can drive or ride. Sarah

    October 8, 2011

  • Ruby T.

    Carol, I can carpool with you. I come from St Louis Park, and can come and pick you up. Let me know.

    October 8, 2011

  • Lee A.

    Hayride & chairlift rides are free. Regarding dogs - they are OK in the park, but I would guess not on the chairlift :)

    October 5, 2011

  • Robyn

    Are dogs welcome in the park and on the hikes?

    October 5, 2011

  • Sarah

    Anyone want to car pool from SW minneapolis area.

    October 2, 2011

  • Cheryl

    Is there a charge for this meetup since it includes a hayride?

    September 30, 2011

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