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Interstate Park Hike

Interstate Park Hike Saturday August 23

Time  10:00 AM

Meet at the Visitor Center in Taylors Falls MN.

Directions, parking and my cell phone number;  The Visitors Center is located in Taylors Falls at the intersection of highway 8 and highway 95, just before you cross the bridge into Wisconsin.  Daily parking is $ 5 or a Minnesota State Parks Annual Pass for $ 25.  You can also park on the street in Taylors Falls for free and walk a couple of blocks to the Visitors Canter.  If you need to contact me, my cell is[masked], but I don't know if I will get reception at the park.

We will hike across the bridge into Interstate Park in Wisconsin.  Because of the variety of trail conditions ( flat, hilly, rocky ), the group will decide which trails to follow.

Length: About 6 - 9 miles depending on how we feel and the weather.

Duration: Maybe 3 to 4 hours tops with a short break mid-way

Type: Series of connecting loops, out-and-back trails.

Surface: A variety of rocky river bluffs, woodland trail, rock-strewn glacial debris.

Conditions: Can be numerous steep ascents and descents, several hills, rocks, long winding woodland trails.

Difficulty: Moderate to challenging  due to the combination of steep and frequent elevation changes, speed, and overall length of the hike.

Recommend to bring: Water, hi-energy snack.

Parked vehicle security: Sadly, break-ins can happen. If you can't live without it, leave it at home or bring it on the hike; if you can't do that, keep it hidden.

Scenery: St Croix River Valley, rocky river bluffs and formations, Woodland.

Located on the beautiful St. Croix River. Visitors can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River.  The geology that formed this park intrigues visitors, and brings geologists from all over the world. At least 10 different lava flows are exposed in the park, along with two distinct glacial deposits, and traces of old streams valleys and faults. During the summer, hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes that make this park unique.  Information on Interstate Park, its history and trail maps can be found at: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/interstate/

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  • Katie

    lovely pics ! hope we can hike here again!! Thanks Tom for hosting :)

    August 25, 2014

  • Gretchen

    A wonderful hike. Thanks.

    August 24, 2014

  • Tom O

    Great trail, but even better people.

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Jim

    Hey Tom - sorry - I just missed you guys. You were all taking off as I pulled in on my bike (slow traffic coming up 95). Very disappointing - but it sounds like you guys had a great time, and I'll catch you next time.

    August 24, 2014

  • Kate

    Very fun day, thank you for hosting Tom!

    1 · August 24, 2014

  • Paul B.

    What a great and gorgeous Park Thanks Tom

    3 · August 23, 2014

  • Katie

    fun time, fun group!! hope the hike was amazing everyone. will post pics in next day or two:)

    August 23, 2014

  • Tom

    Meet at the picnic table on the right hand side of the parking lot.

    August 23, 2014

  • Lisa

    If anyone has an update on road construction, much appreciated. Trying to get there from St Paul, proper.

    August 23, 2014

  • Ellen V.

    I'm driving 169 to 694 to 35 w to hwy 8. Does anyone know if 694 and 35 w are open?

    August 22, 2014

  • Tom

    Directions, parking and my cell phone number; The Visitors Center is located in Taylors Falls at the intersection of highway 8 and highway 95, just before you cross the bridge into Wisconsin. Daily parking is $ 5 or a Minnesota State Parks Annual Pass for $ 25. You can also park on the street in Taylors Falls for free and walk a couple of blocks to the Visitors Canter. If you need to contact me, my cell is[masked], but I don't know if I will get reception at the park.

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Mark

    Anybody planning on staying and camping overnight?

    August 20, 2014

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