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This Meetup group serves the volunteer-based chapters within Northwestern Minnesota with the goal of building, maintaining, and promoting the nation's longest hiking trail within that region of the State.

Upcoming events (2)

13th Annual North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park

Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center

Join the Laurentian Lakes & Itasca Moraine Chapter for their 13th annual North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca event. The event will feature a guided hike, kids/family programs, and an ice cream social & evening concert. 9:30am – 4:30pm Information Station: North Country Trail Association volunteers will staff a Hiking Fest event and area hiking information station outside of the entrance to the Brower Visitors Center. Stop by to ask for information about the event or about hiking on the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) in the area. 10am - 4 pm Guided North Country Challenge Hike: Hike with the local North Country Trail Association volunteers on a 4.5-mile, 10-mile, or 12-mile hike on the NCT back to the S. Entrance Trailhead from Spider Lake Trail, Schoolcraft River bridge, or CR-4 trailhead. Shuttle provided by the NCTA from the S. Entrance Trailhead to the hike starting points. Cars will be left at the S. Entrance Trailhead. Hikers should plan to bring a trail lunch, snacks, rain jacket, and at least 2L water. Meet at the S. Entrance Trailhead off of U.S. Hwy 71 at 10am. Map of the hike area: http://bit.ly/2ZVOWaR. Family program 1:00 - 2:30pm “We Can Hike” Stations: Pack A Snack Activity: Meet in the lobby of the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center by the Classroom. Create and learn about healthy snacks for your next hiking adventure while kids can actually pack a hiking snack of their own. Make Your Own Hiking Stick Activity: Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom for kids to create your own wooden hiking stick using a variety of craft materials. Safety on the Trail Activity: • A couple of on-your-own activities highlighting what to take with you (American Hiking Society’s Ten Essentials) on a hike and what to leave behind (under a canopy tent outside the Visitors Center). Nature on the Trail Activity: • On your own coloring activities featuring sheets for the State Birds, Trees, and Flowers for the 8 North Country Trail states (under a canopy tent outside the Visitors Center). Places to Hike Activity: • Learn more about the North Country via geography facts and a trivia question about each of the 8 NCT states (under a canopy tent outside the Visitors Center). Take your snack, your hiking knowledge, and your new hiking stick on one of the two Family Hikes. 2:30pm Meet for the Family Hikes which will begin at 2:45pm and conclude by 4pm. We have two options: Tots on the Trail Story Hike: Meet in the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom for a group hike (1/3 of a mile) on the accessible trail. Along the way, enjoy a stop in the forest to listen to “(name of story).” This hike is suitable for families with preschool and early elementary age kids. Hike the Hiking Club Trail: Meet at Forest Inn for a group hike (3.2 miles) of Itasca’s Hiking Club Trail (Ozawindib, Myrtle Lake Crossover Trail, Red Pine Trail, and Deer Park Trail. This hike is suitable for families with upper elementary and older kids. 4:30 - 5:30pm Ice Cream Social: Meet at the new Lake Itasca Amphitheater by the Picnic Area hosted by the Friends of Itasca State Park. Enjoy some “Blue Blaze Blueberry” / vanilla ice cream with blueberry sauce, available for purchase (inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom in case of bad weather). 5-7pm Itasca’s Evening Under the Pines: Music with Kraig James. Meet at the Lake Itasca Amphitheater by the Picnic Area for an evening concert (inside the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center Classroom in case of bad weather).

Early Fall Hike

Gartner Farm Road

Join Laurentian Lakes members for an early fall/late summer hike of 5.4 miles. This hike is west of Itasca St park and the trailhead can be found off of State Hwy 113. From Detroit Lakes drive east on St Hwy 34 for 16 miles. Turn north on Becker Co 37 for 21.6 miles; and turn east on MN State Hwy 113 for 8.3 miles. The trailhead is on the north side of the road. Bring water and a snack.

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Hubbel Pond Hike

Hwy 34 NCT Trailhead

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