Trip policy reminders: Membership is required to go on all overnight trips (except the Extravaganza or trail clearing trips); Waiver forms must be signed by non-members on day trips; Both trip coordinators and participants are responsible for sharing/discovering information related to each others experience, capabilities, and expectations.
Visit the weekly events page for details on the following activities.
Night Hikes (Wednesdays)
Tuesday, September 9 SEMIANNUAL EVENT
Wednesday – Sunday, September 1014 TRIP FULL
Estimated cost: $150 - $200. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 6 + 2 coordinators.
Mike F. 715-828-1610
Thursday – Sunday, September 11–14
Estimated cost: $35 + transportation. Deposit: $35. Max trip size: 12.
Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association
Ed S. 612-822-0569
Friday Sunday, September 12–14
Estimated cost: $20+ vehicle permit + gas. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 5-8.
Friday – Sunday, September 12–14
Estimated cost: $25 (gas and food). Deposit: . Max trip size: 6.
Wednesday, September 17 WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Estimated cost: Free + optional treats. Max trip size: open.
Kyra Anne 763-416-5004 (no texts please)
Friday through Monday, September 1929
Estimated cost: $684.50. Deposit: $152.50. Max trip size: 6.
Cheryl B. 763-607-1096
Thursday Sunday, September 25–28
This is not a beginner trip. You will be responsible for your own food, and if necessary, BE WILLING TO TENT WITH ANOTHER PERSON. And no new boots please.You must me a current Rover member to go on this trip.
Estimated cost: $40. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 6.
Jim M. 612-869-0221
Friday – Sunday, September 2628 REGISTRATION OPEN!
Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.
Saturday Sunday, September 27 – October 5
Ryan and Sarah are inviting you to come visit them at their home in Lyons, CO and spend the week climbing. There will be floor space to set up your mat and sleeping bag at the house. There is a campground in town that may be up and running by fall (it is currently closed for repairs); if so, we will reserve some campsites. Meals can be in town, at the house, or on the face of the Third Flatiron.
There are thousands of routes within an hour's drive from Lyons--hundreds within a half hour. The climbing includes all types for all skill levels. There might even be time for an alpine climb in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Nearby climbing areas (and nearby cities) include:
Please note that this is not a beginner's trip. Participants should have their own equipment and basic knowledge related to rock climbing and rope safety. If you would like to join us but are new to rock climbing, there will likely be a few Beginner Climber Days over the summer that can get you prepared, such as the Friday night weekly climbing at Taylors Falls.
The estimated cost (minus transportation) is $250 with a $25 deposit. The deposit will cover whatever campsites we reserve or other accommodations we might find.
Trip size is limited to 20 people, so act fast! If you would like to sign-up, please email Ryan to coordinate the deposit. Once he has received your deposit you will be invited to another website with further information. If you are unsure about your skill level or have climbing or route questions, email Sarah.
Estimated cost: $250. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 20.
Saturday, October 4 DAY TRIP
Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 13.
Friday – Sunday, October 10–12
Saturday, hiking and kayaking if you bring a kayak. For those that just want to hike, later in the morning we go to Chippewa Ice Age Interpretive Center for the 4.5 miles trail of glacial lakes and hills. For those that want to kayak/canoe on the morraine lakes, they will leave earlier. The kayakers can join us for the hike after lunch.
The morraine area has many little lakes and plenty of small hills. Also, the cabin is on a chain of lakes that can be kayaked/canoed. There is one canoe at the cabin.
Saturday night dinner at the cabin will be a coordinated meal. Jim provides the main course of pasta. Others hopefully bring side dishes/dessert/drinks, etc. Breakfasts consist of oatmeal, milk, brown sugar and coffee unless others want to contribute more. Lunches are on your own.
Sunday, hike/bike in the Blue Hills, a little known Shangri-La about 30 minutes from the cabin, close to Bruce WI. There is a short hike at the Christie Mountain ski area that gives a great view of fall foliage. The grass should be short enough for great mountain biking at the Blues Hills trails. Otherwise you can stay at the cabin to relax, canoe the chain of lakes.
There is the option to return to the cabin Sunday after the hike to shower and eat or to leave directly for the Twin Cities. The Chippewa Morraine Ice Age Center is 5 miles away from the cabin if you wish to return there also.
The $30 deposit covers the food that I provide for breakfasts, the main course for the meal on Saturday plus the septic tank emptying and expenses. Other costs are for on-your-own stuff like Friday dinner, gas, etc. Bring a sleeping bag.
Estimated cost: $80. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 12
Jim H. 612-290-1857
Friday Sunday, October 24–26
Estimated cost: $155–$235 + gas.
Sponsoring organization: Audubon Center of the North Woods
Kyra Anne 763-416-5004
Saturday, October 25 DAY TRIP / VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: N/A.
Sponsoring organization: REI / Loppet Foundation
Brian B. 952/210-1501
Thursday – Sunday, October 30 – November 2
The Whitewater Group Center has cozy heated cabins for sleeping (sorry, no tents); modern bathrooms with hot showers; and a kitchen/dining hall with fireplace. So, we are ready for any weather Mother Nature delivers. Come for all or part of this 4-day weekend.
Looking for Rovers to help with meals/activities — no experience necessary and a great opportunity to learn coordinating skills. Come and help us set up the camp after 4:00 p.m. on Thursday! There will be spontaneous group activities all day Friday, with organized activities on Saturday & Sunday. Cost includes hearty meals begin with soup/sandwich/desert dinner Friday (6-8pm). To register for this trip: Call or e-mail Jen or register at any Tuesday evening Rover meeting.
Estimated cost: $65. Deposit: $40; refundable if you cancel before Oct. 25. Max trip size: 50.
Saturday – Sunday, November 1–2
MN Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. More info ...
Estimated cost: $225 for REI members.
Thursday, December 25–28
We’ll stay in the Birch camper cabin, which has electricity and heat. Vault toilets are a short walk across the road. Cooking by crock pot and hot water kettle can be done indoors, while outside the cabin there is a firepit and picnic table. The cabins have two double sized mattresses below and two single bunks above, a table & benches, and a front porch. Bear Head Lake is a short walk down the road for easy access.
The park has a brand new trail center nearby for skiing and snowshoe rental. Seven miles of ski trails are groomed inside the park and the Taconite Trail runs through the park adding nearly unlimited mileage for both skiing and snowshoeing. Ely has groomed trails around Miner’s Lake and at Hidden Valley.
An optional half-day of dog-sledding with Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge can be arranged on Sunday. Cost will be approximately $125. Reservations must be made early for this option in September or October. Payment must be made to the outfitter ahead of time.
Trip size is limited to 6 with 2 spots held until November 1st for new members who joined in 2014. You must be a current member to SIGN UP for this trip, and your membership must be current as of the trip.
Estimated cost: $85, including food. Deposit: $45 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 6.
Audrey S. 612-874-7321
mid-January, 2015 mid/end February, 2015
Estimated cost: $6-$7,000. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 4.
Wednesday – Monday, February 11–16
We’ll spend Wednesday night at the Wintergreen Lodge on White Iron Lake, then set off for a guided adventure in the BWCA with Wintergreen guides, freighter sleds and dogs. We’ll spend three nights on trail, then return either to the Wintergreen Lodge or another Ely area lodge on Monday.
All personal and group gear is included: skis, snowshoes, polar sleeping bags and bivy sacs, tents, meals, even water bottles, bowls and silverware! All you need to bring is your winter clothing and boots. Even boots and winter outerwear can be rented in Ely. All meals and snacks are included, prepared by Wintergreen guides. With advance notice, special diets are easily accommodated.
Cost is $1,175 per person. Tips for guides and gas costs to travel to Ely additional. Rovers membership is required for this trip.
Please email Audrey for more information or to register.
Estimated cost: $1,175+. Deposit: $100 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 6, minimum 4.
Sponsoring organization: Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge
Audrey S. 612-874-7321