What we're about

COVID-19 Policy:

We take our health and your health seriously. All Trips will include precautions specific to that activity from your Trip Leaders.

We require Masks when inside, practice Social Distance on the Trials, No physical contact,

We ask all participant who have a fever, or flu-like symptoms to stay home

This group welcomes backpackers of all levels, from beginner to long-trail alumni, to share their interests, expertise and enthusiasm for backpacking. Our group is centered in the Twin City metro area but welcomes members from broader MN and surrounding states as well.

The agenda is up to you. We always welcome input and trip ideas from all of our members.

We share, discuss and learn about equipment, techniques and experience to make living in the wilderness comfortable, safe and fun.


We label our backpacking trips as "Base", "Intermediate", or "Advanced" so members can pick events they are ready for. See below for trip level descriptions.

Links to helpful information:

Trip Difficult Rating: Comparison Chart (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1W2u3XIvo_98w-ZAe5jGML7gx09OrDYCEC9-A6KzSdTU/edit?usp=sharing)

Trip Difficulty Rating: Descriptions (https://www.meetup.com/Minneapolis-StPaul-Backpackers/pages/30016798/Trip_Difficulty_Descriptions/)

Helpful Information for Backpackers (https://www.meetup.com/Minneapolis-StPaul-Backpackers/pages/30016846/Helpful_Information)

Suggestions for Trip Leaders (https://www.meetup.com/Minneapolis-StPaul-Backpackers/pages/30016812/Trip_Leader_General_Suggestions)

Past events (203)

Fall Backpacking on the SHT, North Terminus to Judge Magney

Judge C. R. Magney State Park

Backpacking at Maplewood State Park

Maplewood State Park

Fall BP weekend on the SHT, Crosby-Manitou to Tetegouche

George Crosby Manitou State Park

Beginner Backpacking at Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park


Photos (3,720)