Nov 17, 2021 - Things to Do
Check out these 5 Minnesota hikes this winter
snow covered trees and fence
Mendota Heighs after a snowstorm. Photo: Bernie Friel/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Looking to take a hike in the snow? We asked readers to submit their favorite winter hikes within a few hours of the Twin Cities.

  • Here's what they said:

Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton — Delton

  • What we recommend: Ogantz Trail. Good for hiking, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and St. Louis River views.

Wood-Rill Scientific and Natural Area in Wayzata — Kevin G.

  • What we recommend: Wood-Rill Loop. Good for hiking, snowshoeing and spotting wildlife.

Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove — Kristi M.

Wild River State Park in Center City — Natalie R.

Afton State Park in Hastings — Cole M.

  • What we recommend: Trout Brook Loop. Good for hiking, snowshoeing and spotting wildlife (and trout!).

What they're saying: Minnesotans never quit. Roughly 16% of respondents to our informal Instagram survey said there's no such thing as "too cold to hike" — even if it's below 0 degrees.

  • Yes, but: An equal percentage said they wouldn't hike if it's below 40 degrees.
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