What we're about

Welcome to the Backpacking and Group Site Camping Meetup. As the name implies the main focus of this group will be backpack camping and car camping at group campsites. The backpacking trips will primarily be on the Superior Hiking Trail and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The car camping will usually be at state parks. The car camping will be for tents only - no campers or trailers. There is another group that goes to group campsites for trailers. The state park group sites that allow trailers usually cost significantly more then those sites that are just for tents.

Upcoming events (5+)

Spring Hike and Meet & Greet

Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

Lets get together to meet each other and to do some hiking at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. We will me at the Visitor Center (Schulze Lake) Trailhead on Cliff Road and start hiking at about 10:30am. The park has some nice trails with a number of loop options. We can hike for about 75 - 90 minutes and choose the trails as we go. After the hike we can choose a restaurant to go out to eat at. Park Website: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parksTrails/LebanonHills/Pages/default.aspx

Whitewater State Park

Whitewater State Park

$30.00

If you would like to pay by PayPal email me. I have reserved group campsite #3 at Whitewater State Park for Friday May 10th – Sunday May 12th. The park is near Rochester. It has about 10 miles of hiking trails and usually no mosquitos. Our site has a picnic shelter for our use. The cost will be $30 per person. The fee covers camping and firewood for both nights. You will need to get your own vehicle permit. You will also need to bring your own tent, food and anything else you will need. Feel free to email me with questions. You will need to pay when you RSVP. In the year that I have not been an organizer, Meetup no longer allows US members to pay with Paypal. Please complain to Meetup about not being able to use Paypal. Check out the parks website to find out more about the park. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00280#homepage

Fort Snelling State Park Hiking

Fort Snelling State Park

Those of us still in town for Memorial Day Weekend can get together Saturday for some hiking. We can go to a nearby restaurant afterwards. We can meet at the memorial in the visitor center parking lot. We can hike the Pike Island trail. It is about 3 miles. The trail is pretty flat and a great trail to hike for some spring conditioning. The park should be dried out from the spring flooding by then. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00154#homepage

Backpacking at Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park

$15.00

If you want to pay by Paypal please email me other wise you can pay on Meetup using WePay. The cost of the trip will be $15.00. I will initially have this open to 3 men and 3 women. Because of park rules the limit will be 6 people. Let’s start off the backpacking season with a nice warm up trip to Jay Cooke State Park. I have reserved the High Landing backpack site for Friday June 7th and Lost Lake backpack site for Saturday June 8th. We can meet at the park office parking lot and choose our route to the High Landing site on Friday. Saturday morning after breakfast we will pack up and head out for the day. If our site for Saturday night is open those that wish can drop off their packs at the Lost Lake site (about a ½ mile from our Friday night site), otherwise we can get the simulation of backpacking on a trail. We can hike out on the lesser traveled trails to the remote overlooks. After a good day of hiking we can make our way to the Lost Lake site for night of well-deserved rest. This will be a good opportunity to get some practice packing up and hiking then setting up again. Check out the park’s website for more about the park. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/park.html?id=spk00187#homepage Feel free to email me with questions. Brett Brett

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