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.
- What we recommend: Elm Creek Singletrack Trail. Good for snowshoeing and fat tire biking for all skill levels.
Wild River State Park in Center City — Natalie R.
- What we recommend: Summit Rock, River Bluff and Echo Canyon Loop. Good for hiking, snowshoeing and St. Croix River views.
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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