5 Best Midwest Hikes Reviewed in 2016
Last Updated by Ricky Holzer on Sunday, January 1st, 2017View other years: 2017 2018 2019
Most of the posts from this year reflect my time traveling throughout the great state of Minnesota where I live. While most people know Minnesota for its 10,000 lakes and northern forests, the state offers a surprising diversity of landscapes from prairies to bogs to oak savanna to boreal forest -- something this boy from the West was excited to discover. The following were my favorite hikes from 2016:
5. Glacial Potholes, Interstate State Park, Minnesota
4. Lakeshore Trail to Sea Caves, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a well-known kayaking destination, but its hiking is also excellent. This hike on the Lakeshore Trail takes you to the top of the cliffs overlooking the famous sea caves, which are best known for their fantastic colorful ice formations on years with especially cold winters. The trail is moderately strenuous, with several ups and downs as the trail winds through forest and over hills. At the end, you'll enjoy great views of Lake Superior in addition to the sea caves looming below. Beyond the sea caves, the trail continues for those hungry for more hiking. After working up a sweat hiking, you can spend the rest of your day at Meyers Beach and cool off in Lake Superior.
3. Carlton Peak, Superior National Forest, Minnesota Oberg Mountain and LaVeaux Mountain yet offers nearly the same fantastic views.
2. Mound Trail to Burr Oak Trail and Lower Cliffline Trail, Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota Blue Mounds State Park is a prairie wonderland home to a herd of 100 bison, rentable teepees, and pink Sioux quartzite cliffs with countless things to see and do. The Mound Trail hike starts by following the bison enclosure for over a mile and a half, giving you many chances to observe the herd. Next, you'll reach a viewpoint atop Eagle Rock before descending to the visitor center where you can learn more about the prairie ecosystem. Afterward, you'll follow the Burr Oak Trail through an oak forest to a historic quarry site and end the hike on open grassland with views of the magnificent pink rock formations. This hike is the best way to see everything that Blue Mounds State Park has to offer.
1. Big Bog Boardwalk, Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota
What were your favorite hikes this past year? Use the comments section below to share and use #nocoastbestcoast on Twitter and Instagram after all your Midwest adventures!