Hiking Observations

Sharing what I notice as I am out hiking.

Some practical information like parking and bathrooms, and some observations that are more philosophical.

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Reservoir Woods Park, St. Paul, Minnesota

Even if you live in a city, you can probably find a trail to reconnect with nature. This trail is very close to St. Paul, Minnesota’s capitol city. The city seems far away once you are just a few steps in from the parking lot. If you have dogs, let them run free in one…

Whitewater State Park

Southern Minnesota has beautiful river bluffs. A wonderful place to experience them is at Whitewater State Park near Elba, Minnesota. If Elba is not familiar to you, perhaps you have heard of Rochester or Winona? This park is close to the midpoint between those two Minnesota cities. The Whitewater River carved a landscape that offers…

Carver Park Reserve

I first wrote about this park in September of 2020. Over the past couple years I have returned multiple times to explore it further. It is a gem of Southern Minnesota between the towns of Victoria, Waconia, and St. Bonifacius. Driving 45 minutes southwest from my studio in Minneapolis will get me there (if traffic…

Superior Hiking Trail: Jackson Lake Road to Judge Magney State Park

The Jackson Lake Road Trailhead is miles off Highway 61 near the town of Hovland, Minnesota. We kept thinking, “Did we miss it?” Finally we found it, just a small pullout, no bathrooms or pit toilets. It was big enough for three vehicles. The first thing we noticed when we got out of the car…


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