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Upcoming Trips

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.

WEEKLY

Visit the weekly events page for details on the following activities.

Spring Birding Walks (Wednesdays or Thursdays)
Night Hikes (Wednesdays)
Bicycling Before the Meeting (Tuesdays)


APRIL 2014

Saturday, April 19    DAY TRIP
Trail Clearing 101: How to Cut Brush Better than W. Whether you really care if you can outdo W at cutting brush or not, we strongly urge you to attend our brushcutter training course so you'll be ready to hit the Border Route in May ready to get down and get dirty. We want to train as many people as possible ahead of time in order to be more efficient when we’re actually on the trail. As well as brushcutters, we’ll bring along a few of our other tools such as chain saws, a few Silky saws, and whatever other new tools we may want to try out before heading north.

This trip will give those of you that are signed up for BRTA Spring Mechanized Trail Clearing Trips a chance to become familiar with the use of the BRTA brushcutters beforehand. For a heads up on our brushcutters, we'll send you a link to what the Jonsered website has on How to Use a Brushcutter.

As well as learning how to make effective use of a brushcutter on your next BRT mechanized trail clearing trip, you’ll also experience excellent scenery, good food, and camaraderie that can’t be beat.

We’ll meet at the Sun Ray Shopping Center, 2165 Hudson Road East, St. Paul and depart at 10:00 a.m. sharp for the 60 mile van-pool ride to Plum City, WI. where we have access to a plot of wooded land a bit north of town which provides an ideal practice site. You can expect to get back to St. Paul by dark but we may take a day hike to Nugget Lake County Park afterward and/or stop for a bite to eat so keep your evening schedule flexible.

Transportation and lunch as well as safety gear and all equipment will be provided and funded by the BRTA. Keep in mind that the site that we’ll be going to has no drinking water or toilet facilities.

Please bring the following: a water bottle, TP, leather work gloves, hiking boots, personal meds, long pants, and rain gear. You may want to bring a day pack to carry your miscellaneous items.

To sign up please send your name and phone # to Ed S.

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 20.

Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association | Meetup

Ed S. • 612-822-0569



 NEW 

Tuesday, April 22 and EVERY TUESDAY    DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Bicycling Before the Tuesday Meeting. We'll resume Tuesday Night Bike Rides before the meeting at Macalester on, April 22 — which is Earth Day! Meet at 5:45 p.m. in parking lot north of tennis courts and west of Olin-Rice Hall to depart at 6:00 p.m. for an 8 to 18-mile loop, returning in time for meeting at 7:30. Just show up or call me if you're running late.

David B. • 612-214-3219



Friday – Sunday, April 25 – 27    DAY TRIP / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo. With over 120 free presentations on outdoor activities and adventures, and over 100 exhibitors you are sure to find something to get you excited about your next outdoor adventure. The semiannual Outdoor Adventure Expo can help you find your true passion for the outdoors, new sports, places to go, and people to do them with. | directions |

NON-MEMBERS — want to play outside? Visit the Minnesota Rovers booth in the Exhibitor's Hall to see photos of Rovers in action and meet Rovers who will introduce you to the many benefits of our club.

Check the Special Events page for more information and directions.

MEMBERS — We need you! Love Rovers and want to tell the world about our awesome club? Sign up for a 2-hour time slot to staff our booth and tell visitors about the new friends you've made, the fun trips you've participated in, and all the other benefits of our club.

We also need volunteers to help with the canoe/kayak auction (details TBA).

You're going to be there anyway, right?

Please contact Kim L. to sign up.  Last year's trip report



Sunday, April 27    DAY TRIP
Bicycling St. Croix River Valley (MN Ironman). Ride 15, 30, 60, or 100 miles. I'll be doing the 100-mile ride. Meet at the Washington County Fairgrounds for a 7:00 a.m. start. Register on the MN Ironman website.

Estimated cost: $40. Deposit: $40 to MN Ironman. Max trip size: unlimited.

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096



Sunday, April 27 – Friday, May 2    
Exploring Moab, UT. I am flying to Grand Junction, UT and renting a car and drive to Moab, UT. I am planning to camp in the area ( several options available ) and then take day trips to explore Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park hiking and photographing both national parks. I am also planning to climb one day one of the Moab towers ( multi pitch 5.9+) and do canyoneering a another day. Temps are between mid 40's in the night to 70's in the day time. Flight cost to Grand Junction UT from Mpls is between $390 to $440. Anyone interested in joining will co share the cost of rental car. Joining person is responsible for their lodging and food. Joining person who doesn't climb or want canyoneering can take the car explore the area by themselves.

Anton R. • 651 295 3435



Wednesday, April 30 • 6:00 p.m.   DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Birding Walk at Cedar Road Bridge. Late afternoon casual and low key trips to view and talk about birds. We will visit local parks and other areas where birds are often readily observed and include a diversity of species.

Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the north end of Old Cedar Bridge in Bloomington. This area is also referred to as the Historic Cedar Avenue Minnesota River Crossing and also the Long Meadow Bridge. It can be located by taking E. Old Shakopee Road (24th Ave) in Bloomington either going south from the Mall of America or exiting Cedar Ave (Highway 77) and head southwest (you may think you are going west) to the first stoplight at Old Cedar Ave S.—turn left toward the River. The Bridge and parking lot is about 0.5 mile down the road. We will meet at the parking lot—no, we will not be walking on the bridge; it is closed to all traffic due to safety concerns. 

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

See the Weekly Events page for full schedule.

Mike S. • 952-997-2986  |  Karen K. • 612-378-3261



MAY 2014

Tuesday, May 6     SEMIANNUAL EVENT
Rovers Spring Intro Show. Find out more about Rovers and/or see what we've been up to lately at the Spring Intro Show at 7:00 p.m. at REI in Bloomington. Visit the Special Events page for more information.



Tuesday – Sunday, May 6–11    
Reconnaissance Hike & Deadfall Sweep — BRT Pigeon River Section. We invite you to join us on the Pigeon River Section of the BRT for the start of the spring mechanized trail clearing season. We're looking to put together a two to six person crew to drive up on Tuesday afternoon, camp at the McFarland Lake campground and do a recon hike & deadfall sweep from the east BWCAW boundary at Little John Lake through to the BRT eastern trailhead at the Otter Lake Rd. Swamp River bridge. Due to the rugged nature of the BRT and the distances between access points you need to be in good to excellent physical condition.

The trip cost will be based on the number of meals that we provide plus car-pool expenses. Meal costs normally average $10 to $12 per day including all meals except for dinner on the drive up and dinner on the drive home.

A larger weekend crew, which will be arriving late Thursday night and and returning on Sunday evening, will concentrate on clearing the brushy areas identified by the recon crew.

More details will be provided in mid-March after the Heston's X/C ski trip. If you're interested, RSVP via the Friends of the Border Route Trail Meetup Group site now and you can firm up in late March. Please feel free to get in touch with me via e-mail if you have any questions before then.

Estimated cost: $65. Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 6.

Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association | Meetup

Ed S. • 612-822-0569



Wednesday, May 7 • 6:00 p.m.    DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Birding Walk at Wood Lake Nature Center. Late afternoon casual and low key trips to view and talk about birds. We will visit local parks and other areas where birds are often readily observed and include a diversity of species.

Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot for Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield at 6pm (6710 Lake Shore Dr S Richfield, MN 55423).  Basic directions are I35W to W66th Street (=County Rd 53) to Lakeshore Dr. South, with the center on the right (south) side of the road. | map |

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

See the Weekly Events page for full schedule.

Mike S. • 952-997-2986  |  Karen K. • 612-378-3261



Thursday – Sunday, May 8 – May 11    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail. Join me for an early-May backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail. The trees are usually just starting to bud out so you can see a lot more of the forest and more from the overlooks. The plan is to hike from Silver Bay to Co. road 6, about 18 miles. Route is subject to change due to trail conditions. You must have prior backpacking experience and be responsible for your own food. If necessary, you may have to tent with another person because of the limited tent pads at the camp sites. We will be leaving before noon on Thursday May 8, so you will probably need that day off. Jim McLean

Estimated cost: $45. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 6.

Jim M. • 612-869-0221



Friday – Sunday, May 9–11    
Bicycling and Camping at Nugget Lake. Nugget Lake County Park is a gem on the rim of Wisconsin's driftless area, just over an hour's drive away. We'll camp here and bike loops of up to 60 miles on quiet back roads through bluff and coulee country to historic waysides, UFO sites, Lake Pepin, and challenging hills! Wide tires needed to take the (optional) shortcut on a Rustic Road with 4 water crossings. We have reserved campsite #18 and camper cabin #16 close to the shower building. We'll provide meals. $5/day vehicle permit. | 2012 trip report |

Estimated cost: $40. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 13.

David B. • 612-214-3219  |  Julie R. • 651-354-9737



Saturday, May 10     DAY TRIP
Hiking at Fort Snelling St Park. Steep yourself in the history of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, look for birds along the way, and enjoy a spring outing on this hike in Ft. Snelling State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for a hike around Pike Island and many other walking options. Bring a lunch to finish off our walk in the woods. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Rovers membership is not required for this trip, so bring a friend! Local flooding will cancel. Check the park website for current conditions.

Estimated cost: $5 entry fee or annual permit.

Audrey S. • 612-874-7321



Tuesday, May 13    SEMIANNUAL EVENT
Gear Swap. Come early to Tuesday’s meeting (7:00 p.m.) for the semiannual gear swap. | details |



Wednesday, May 14 • 6:00 p.m.    DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Birding Walk at Crosby Farm. Late afternoon casual and low key trips to view and talk about birds. We will visit local parks and other areas where birds are often readily observed and include a diversity of species.

Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the end of Crosby Farm Road which parallels Shepard Rd. From Rt 5 (7th Street West), just east of the bridge over the Mississippi River (very close to the confluence with the Minnesota River); take the exit onto Gannon Rd which crosses Shepard Road and becomes Crosby Farm Road. | map |

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

See the Weekly Events page for full schedule.

Mike S. • 952-997-2986  |  Karen K. • 612-378-3261



 NEW 

Weekends in May   
Border Route Trail BWCA Wilderness Trail Clearing. The wilderness sections of the Border Route Trail run above and along several lakes along the US/Canada border and provide spectacular overlooks to those lakes. Trail clearing consists of removing brush and downed trees and in the wilderness is done with hand tools: crosscut saws, loppers, and scythes.

Most trips travel up after work on Thursday and return on Sunday. The day after arrival the crew will hike or paddle 2 or 4 miles to a campsite, set up a base camp and start clearing the trail. Trail clearing will continue the next day and the crew will paddle out and return home on the last day. The tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back.

All paddling equipment and tools will be provided. A suggested personal gear list will be provided and carpool arrangements developed once registrations start coming in. Registration consists of selecting your trip, answering some basic experience questions, and reading and signing the liability waiver. Fee payment can be made by using a credit card to the BRTA account on PayPal or by sending a check. Please go to the sign up on the Border Route Trail web site. Contact Tom Suter if you have questions.

Trip Dates Destination Type Coordinator
1 May 15–18 Rose Lake Cliffs Hike in Tom S.
2 May 22–26 Duncan Lake Canoe in John Barb T.
3 May 29–June 1 McFarland Lake Canoe in Tom S.

Read full trip descriptions and register

Estimated cost: $60

Tom S.



Friday – Sunday, May 16–18    
Mountain Bike Ride/Race in NW Wisconsin. The Cable Area Off Road Classic consists of two courses, an 20-mile and a 25 mile point-to-point mountain bike ride/race in and around the Chequamegon National Forest, Sawyer and Bayfield County Forests including some of the famous nationally recognized CAMBA trails, the Best in the Midwest & the Cable Area of Northern Wisconsin.

Leave Friday, late afternoon getting to Cable in time for bib pickup and carb loading at the spaghetti feed. Race starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, have a beer at the end, then relax the rest of the day. On Sunday we'll ride some of the other CAMBA trails before heading home.

Accommodations: TBD; possibly Lakewoods Resort Friday night, camping or cabin on Saturday night.

Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

Last year's trip report |

Estimated cost: $35 + food/gas. Deposit: event entry. Max trip size: 12 people who are willing to carpool.

Scott & Jodi S.



Friday – Sunday, May 16–18    SEMIANNUAL EVENT
Spring Extravaganza Forestville/Mystery Caves State Park. This is Rovers' spring "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at Forestville/Mystery Caves State Park this year. You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. and this time will probably include caving as well. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda. There are stipends to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.  |  Kim L.



Wednesday, May 21    WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Hiking at Wirth Park. Dog-friendly hike. Come to beautiful Wirth Park, just west of downtown Minneapolis, where there's an extensive trail system. We'll hike trails around Wirth Lake and through the nearby woods in the southern half of the park. Meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Wirth Beach parking lot (located on Glenwood Av, just east of the intersection of Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood). Bring water (and rain gear if needed). Dogs aren't required, but friendly dogs on leashes are welcome!

Estimated cost: $0.

Deb M.



Wednesday, May 21 • 6:00 p.m.    DAY TRIP / VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Garlic Mustard Pull at East Palmer Lake. Come rid this beautiful former bird and wildlife sanctuary in Brooklyn Center of the invasive plant species Garlic Mustard and help restore this prime birding area to it's original state! Meet at the East Palmer Lake Park parking lot and head north to the pulling area. We will teach you what this plant looks like. Bring work gloves and wear lightweight long sleeves and pants. Hiking boots are also a good idea as well as insect repellant and sunscreen and a hat/baseball cap and some water. Join the fun and help the environment! Learn more: | Blog | Facebook |

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: unlimited.

Sponsoring organization: Friends of Palmer Lake Park

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096  |  Cathy H. • 612-722-4793



Wednesday, May 21 • 6:00 p.m.    DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Birding Walk at Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge. Late afternoon casual and low-key trips to view and talk about birds. We will visit local parks and other areas where birds are often readily observed and include a diversity of species.

Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Visitor Center (3815 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, (952) 854-5915).  From I-494, take the 34th Street exit south one block to American Blvd and turn left (east) about two blocks and turn into the visitor center (across from the Airport Hilton Hotel).  | NPS website |

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

See the Weekly Events page for full schedule.

Mike S. • 952-997-2986  |  Karen K. • 612-378-3261



Wednesday – Monday, May 21–26    MEMORIAL WEEKEND
Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing — Keewenaw Peninsula. The Houghton area offers excellent mountain biking trails (maintained by Michigan Technological University), kayaking, rock climbing, and plenty of hiking trails. There’s something for everyone. For evening entertainment there are two amazing breweries, Keewenaw Brewing Company and The Library.

In Copper Harbor they have world class trails — these are trails built SPECIFICALLY for mountain biking. Keewenaw Adventure runs shuttles if you prefer to focus on riding downhill. There are many options for kayaking, since it is a peninsula so there’s always somewhere to paddle out of the wind (or in the wind if that’s your thing). Also many small inland lakes to pick from if you prefer calmer waters.

Lodging is very cheap up there. In years past we've gotten a small cabin that comes complete with a kitchen at the "Minnetonka". It's actually easier to be self-contained as it makes the logistics easier. There are campgrounds and numerous other lodging options to choose from. Copper Harbor is also now home to a micro-brewery which is walking distance from everywhere in town - the Brickside.

If you’re interested in going or would like a more detailed description of the trip, please contact us.

Estimated cost: Each is on their own.

Sponsoring organization: SKOAC & ISK

Sebra L. • 763-614-6970  |  Aras K. • 651-503-3950



Friday – Monday, May 23–26    MEMORIAL WEEKEND
Bicycling & Paddling in Trempealeau County, WI. Camp, Bike, and Paddle in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin (near Winona), where 382 miles of paved rolling backroads yearn to be ridden. Camp at Pietrek County Park on the Trempealeau River. Arcadia Boiler Dairy Days is a small town festival, 5 miles from our campground, which will provide optional entertainment opportunities throughout the weekend. Food will be on your own and pot luck for Sunday dinner.

Saturday: Memorial Bike Tour. Four route options range from 10 to 60+ miles, with the long tour being a metric century with a mile high of cumulative climbing. Registration includes Gold ’n Plump Chicken!

(Details/registration has not been posted yet for the ride)

Sunday: Paddle the intimate, wild, woodland environment of the Trempealeau River or drive farther south and explore the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Monday: Bike another backroad loop on our own.

Last year's trip report |

Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 12.

Scott & Jodi S.



 NEW 

Wednesday, May 28     WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Hiking at Minnehaha Falls. Meet at the falls at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis at 7:00 pm for a hike on the Grand Rounds trail along Minnehaha Creek to (and possibly around) Lake Nakomis. Plan on a 3-5 mile, moderately paced walk. If your so inclined we'll stop at Sea Salt post hike for food and/or a beverage. See you there!

Estimated cost: $3 for parking.

Dori H. • 763-.227-7645



Thursday, May 29 • 6:00 p.m.    DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Birding Walk at Richardson Nature Center. Late afternoon casual and low key trips to view and talk about birds. We will visit local parks and other areas where birds are often readily observed and include a diversity of species.

Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Richardson Nature Center at 8737 E Bush Lake Rd Bloomington, MN 55438 (763) 694-7676). 

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

See the Weekly Events page for full schedule.

Mike S. • 952-997-2986  |  Karen K. • 612-378-3261



Saturday, May 31    DAY TRIP
Diva Dash 5k Obstacle Course Run. Do an obstacle course WITHOUT the mud! Females only. Register on the Diva Dash website under the MN Rovers team 10 am wave. This should be a fun run...some may even be wearing tutus! | DISCOUNT |

Estimated cost: $55 paid to Diva Dash. Deposit: $55. Max trip size: unlimited.

Sponsoring organization: Diva Dash

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096  |  Deb G.



Friday – Sunday, May 31 – June 2   
Mountain Biking CAMBA Trails in NW Wisconsin. Weekend of mountain biking for all levels through the Chequamegon National Forest Region of NW Wisconsin (Cable/Hayward). The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude.

The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. Singletrack not your thing? This well-mapped trail system also includes many routes that use gravel forest roads, two-track trails, and ski trails.

Saturday:
Ride at your own pace on your choice of trails — or take part in the Mt. Borah Epic race. We'll be patrolling the race, so you must be comfortable riding on your own or with a buddy. The trails are well mapped and rated according to ability. | trail guide |

Race: The Mt. Borah Epic is nothing short of its true definition, epic. 30 miles, point-to-point, and 100% of race profits donated to CAMBA, have led Mt. Borah to stage a race that pays tribute to the trails and offers a one-of-a-kind race experience found no where else but Northern Wisconsin.

Sunday:
More riding, or possibly hiking if we feel we need to use different muscles.

Accommodations: Camping or a bunk in a rustic cabin. No running water; to clean up after a long day of biking, we either pay for a shower at a hotel, swim in a lake, or use a portable outdoor shower.

Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

Estimated cost: $75–$125 + food/gas. Deposit: event entry. Max trip size: 12 people willing to carpool.

Scott & Jodi S.



JUNE 2014

Friday – Sunday, June 6–8    
Sparta-Elroy Bike Trip and Camping. We'll spend the weekend biking the beautiful Sparta-Elroy Trail. This is an old railway bed with a 3-degree grade, no hills. Long tunnels provide a 55-degree cooling off. We'll camp at the Village of Wilton, Wisconsin campground, which has great facilities, including a swimming pool. $7.00 per adult and $4.00 per child under 18 for tent camping. Electricity $3.00 extra. This campground is perfectly located between Sparta and Elroy. Lots of room in the campground; no reservations required. Since this is an overnight trip, Rover membership required.

Estimated trip cost of $50 does not include gas and food. Everyone will be responsible for their own food. We'll try to coordinate car-pooling.

Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: None. Max trip size: No Max.

Dennis W. • 612-377-5985 / 612-226-4371



Friday – Saturday or Sunday, June 6–7 or 8    
Bicycling the Tour of Lakes. Supported bicycling tour of the Tour of Lakes near Brainerd, MN. Drive up Friday after work and camp/motel near Baxter, MN. Meet at the Forestville Middle School at 12149 Knollwood Drive in Baxter, MN 56425 at 6:00 a.m. to start the ride. This is a beautiful hilly route in Northern MN. Register for the ride at Paul Bunyan Cyclists website. On Sunday we may camp/sleep at a cabin near by.

Estimated cost: $30 plus motel/camping. Deposit: $30 to Paul Bunyan cyclists. Max trip size: 10.

Sponsoring organization:

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096



Friday – Sunday, June 20–22    
Cycling the Lake Wobegon Trail — Third Annual! Join us for the third annual cycling the Lake Wobegon Trail (with the infamous "flat hills") and camping at Birch Lakes State Forest. We have the entire private group camp area reserved (five sites tucked into a heavily wooded area). The park has seven miles of multi-use trails (hiking and mountain biking). Cycling outings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with lunch stops in small town cafes. We’ll break into smaller groups for short/long rides and fast/slow paces.

If you’re not interested in cycling, there’s still plenty to do! Big Birch Lake is walking distance away, has 12 miles of shoreline and is well known for fishing. Crystal clear water for kayaking. The El Rancho Manana riding stable is a short drive away in Richmond or you could visit Whispering Oaks Winery in Melrose. It's also the weekend of the Ladyslipper Nature Ride and Avon's Spunktacular Days (with parade, rides, fireworks and music).

Bring your own food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. You can borrow tents and sleeping bags from the cage, but you’ll need to make arrangements with a cage coordinator to reserve, pick-up and return items. Meals will be on your own, with a pot-luck on Friday evening. A small charcoal grill will be available. Carpooling will be arranged as the trip gets closer. There’s no entry fee for state forests.

Estimated cost: $10 + transportation and food. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20ish.

Sue W • 612-803-2424



Friday – Sunday, June 20–22   
Mountain Biking and Hiking in NW Wisconsin. Another chance for you to enjoy a weekend of mountain biking through the Chequamegon National Forest Region of NW Wisconsin (Cable/Hayward). The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude.

The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. Singletrack not your thing? This well-mapped trail system also includes many routes that use gravel forest roads, two-track trails, and ski trails.

Saturday:
Ride at your own pace on your choice of trails. We'll be participating in the Chequamegon 100 ride (registration is closed), so you must be comfortable riding on your own or with a buddy. The trails are well mapped and rated according to ability. | trail guide |

Sunday:
You can keep on riding, but we’ll probably go for a hike in order to give our butts a rest, stretch, and use different muscles!

Accommodations: Camping or a bunk in a rustic cabin. No running water; to clean up after a long day of biking, we either pay for a shower at a hotel, swim in a lake, or use a portable outdoor shower.

Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

Estimated cost: $20 + food/gas. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 12 people willing to carpool.

Scott & Jodi S.



Saturday, June 28     
Bicycling and Folk Music in Burnett County, WI. Join me for a day of bicycling — I will plan routes based on the interest of the group. Beginners are encouraged to join us. The music festival is at the historic Fort Folle Avoines in Danbury, WI. You can check out the line-up and purchase your ticket on their website. Discounted tickets are available until June 1st.Feel free to bring a tent and stay for the weekend and we can plan a ride for Sunday morning as well. I'll provide breakfast. Danbury is only an 1 hr 15 min from the I35 split so you could just come for the day as well.

Estimated cost: $20 for the Festival. Max trip size: 6-8.

Maggie P. • 651-454-1787



JULY 2014

Tuesday – Monday, July 1–7    
Exploring Thunder Bay. Feel like giving that passport a little workout? Venture to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where there is lots to explore. 80 kilometers of hiking in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, amethyst mines, Fort William Historical Park’s “Anishnawbe Keeshigun" Aboriginal Festival (highlighting the culture of First Nations people), exploring at Kakabeka Falls and Ouimet Canyon Provincial Parks, with possible stops along the North Shore on our way there and home.

We’ll camp at Cascade State Park on the night of Tuesday, July 1, at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay from the evening of Wednesday, July 2 until checking out on Sunday, July 6th, and then stay at Jay Cooke on Sunday, July 6th. Arrive home on Monday, July 7th. We plan to have both group meals and meals “on your own.” There is limited space, but I am doing this trip as research for a similar trip in 2015. (Note: If you don’t have a passport, Minnesota now offers an “Enhanced Drivers License” for $15 extra, which allows you to enter from Canada, among other places.) We will have at least one planning meeting prior to the trip. You must be a member to sign up for this trip.

Estimated cost: $100 + gas and incidentals. Deposit: $40. Max trip size: 12.

Stacey G. • 612-207-2806  |  Shelly G, • 763-360-2849



Saturday, July 12    DAY TRIP
Obstacle Course 5k Run (Warrior Dash). Come join this fun obstacle course involving mud, water, and fire. You can, of course, skip any obstacles you are uncomfortable doing. This is a great course with lots of fun obstacles. Sign up for the 9:00 a.m. wave and meet an hour before the race at Afton Alps 6600 Pellet Av S in Hastings, MN. Register on the Warrior Dash website.

Estimated cost: $60 before April 15 registration. Deposit: $60 to Warrior Dash. Max trip size: unlimited.

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096



 NEW 

Sunday – Sunday, July 13–20    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
Canoeing and Camping in Quetico Provincial Park. 6 days in remote Quetico Provincial Park, Canada (similar to the BWCAW but with 1/7th of the number of permits allowed). We will drive to Grand Marais, go to the Grand Marais Art Fair on Sunday afternoon, and stay at the Best Western. Monday morning we'll drive to the end of the Gunflint Trail, get a tow across Saganaga Lake and enter Quetico for 6 days of canoeing and camping with limited portages. Remote Area Border Crossing (CANPASS) needed before the trip. Each person responsible for own food and gear. This trip is for experienced campers/canoeists.

Estimated cost: $600 plus food costs. Deposit: $135. Max trip size: 4.

Pat R. • 612-741-0846  |  Jane D. • 612-849-7360



Saturday, July 19    DAY TRIP
Obstacle Course 10-12 mile Run (Tough Mudder). So you've done the other obstacle course runs and you're looking for something more, something tougher, something to challenge yourself? Then this is the one for you. 10-12 mile course with 25 military style obstacles which challenge your stamina, psyche, and physical strength. Come join the fun! Register at the Tough Mudder website at and we'll carpool to the site at 871 County Road E, Hudson, WI 54016

Estimated cost: $125. Deposit: $125 directly to Tough Mudder. Max trip size: unlimited.

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096



Friday – Sunday, July 25–27    FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Family Camping at Bunker Hills Regional Park. Bring the kids to Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids for a weekend of outdoors fun! (Don’t have kids of your own? Borrow some — with permission, of course!) The 1,600-acre Bunker Hills Regional Park offers swimming and a Water Park, horseback riding, a playground, biking and hiking on paved and mowed trails, golf, camping, and archery. (Some of the activities will have a fee, and there is vehicle entry permit fee.) There may not be loons, but there will undoubtedly be a campfire, s’mores, camaraderie, and laughter. We have reserved the group site for 3:00 on Friday, 7/25 until 1:00 on Sunday, 7/27, and you may camp either one or two nights. (Maximum charge of $20 per family per tent. No charge to come for the day only.)

Estimated cost: $10 per adult; $5 per kid. Deposit: $10 per adult; $5 per kid. Max trip size: 20ish.

Stacey G. • 612-207-2806  |  Sue W. • 612-803-2424



AUGUST 2014

Saturday, August 2    DAY TRIP
5-10k Mudrun: MuckFest MS. As far as fun obstacles go, this is the mud run to do! Register on the MS MuckFest website under the MN Rovers team. Wave time TBD. See you there!

Estimated cost: $55 directly to MuckFest MS. Deposit: $55. Max trip size: unlimited.

Sponsoring organization: MuckFest MS

Cheryl B.• 763-607-1096



Thursday – Sunday, August 8–10  COME CELEBRATE!
Minnesota Rovers 60th Anniversary Celebration. Celebrating 60 years of fun in the wilderness! Please join us for a fun-filled weekend of biking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, and camping at Wild River State Park.

There will be good food and great times. Reminisce and renew old friendships. Imagine a flotilla of 60 canoes floating down the St. Croix or sitting around the campfire singing songs from the original Rover song book. This weekend has something for everyone and is guaranteed to be a good time.

To spread the word and have people that may be "lost", contact Kim.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN (through July 7). Visit the 60th Anniversary website for more information and to sign up.

Trip Coordinators: The Reunion Committee



 NEW 

Saturday – Sunday, August 9–17    
Pannier Bike Tour. Self-supported bike tour on the Mississippi River Trail from Lake Itasca to St Paul, generally along paved back roads. Cycling 400 miles in a week we'll average close to 60 miles a day on fully loaded bikes. Not for beginners. We'll spend the first night at the Headwaters Hostel and camp out the rest of the trip. Some of us may take Amtrak to Fargo on Thursday night (Aug 7) and bike 115 miles to Itasca State Park in one or two days.

Estimated cost: $200. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 6.

David B. • 612-214-3219  |  Julie R. • 651-354-9737



Friday – Sunday, August 15–17   
Bicycling the Gitchi Gami Trail. Stay at Gooseberry Falls group camp site, ride in the Gitchi Gami Trail Annual bike ride, and enjoy the other myriad opportunities to explore the North Shore on this weekend trip. Arrive Friday anytime after 4:00 pm (may be available earlier if not in use), set up and enjoy a hike, paddle along the lake shore, take a brisk swim in Lake Superior, or just relax in the Nestor Grade group camp. You provide your own meals on Friday night, and all breakfasts, lunches and snacks. We’ll have a pot-luck supper on Saturday night. Group gear provided will include stove, water kettle and washing buckets (for your dishes).

To ride the Gitchi Gami trail ride on Saturday, sign up on their website. Options range from 28 miles out-and-back to 37- and 55-mile loops. This is a lightly supported ride with snacks and water available along the route. You should come prepared with a helmet (required) and your own repair kit or share with someone.

Group is limited to 30 people, and 5 spots will be held until August 1st for new members (those who joined in 2014).

Estimated cost is $10 for camping. Deposit (non-refundable) is $10. You must be a current member to sign up for this trip and your membership must be current at the time of the trip.

Email Audrey for more information, to sign up, and to get access to Google docs for more information (carpooling, tent sharing, pot-luck sign up, etc).

Estimated cost: $10. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 30.

Audrey S.  |  Dori H.



Friday – Monday, August 29 – September 1    
Hiking, Biking, and Paddling at Itasca State Park HOSTEL TAKEOVER. Cycling, hiking, and paddling in beautiful Itasca State Park. Lodging is in the Hostel within the park — across the park road from the lake where you can rent bikes, kayaks and canoes (or bring your own). Probable games or music around the campfire in the evenings or a short night hike over the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River.

This popular trip fills quickly so 5 spots will be saved until August 1 for Rovers joining in the last 12 months. This is a cooperative trip where everyone pitches in to help with meals and cleaning. Perks such as priority registration, call-ahead bunk preference, or my personal gratitude will be given to members who volunteer to coordinate a meal or event.

Cost includes 3 nights lodging and 7 meals (what a deal!). Newer members — consider being a co-coordinator if you’d like to learn the ropes.

Estimated cost: $100 + transportation. Deposit: $65 (non-refundable if there are empty beds). Max trip size: 31.

Sue W • 612-803-2424  |  Looking for a co-coordinator!



SEPTEMBER 2014

Thursday – Sunday, September 10–14    
Paddling the BWCAW. Fall is a great time to experience the BWCAW! We will enter at entry point 50 on the east side via the Gunflint Trail. We will canoe / portage 4 lakes on the way to base camp at Long Island Lake. From there we will day trip to area lakes. The portages are easier as BWCAS portages go. You need to be in good physical condition, and able to carry 50-60 Lbs. The lakes are easily navigable, and smaller. You do not need to be an experienced canoeist to complete this trip. We can meet & work out details, as well as doing some paddle practice prior to the trip.

Estimated cost: $150 - $200. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 5.

Mike F. • 715-828-1610



Friday through Monday, September 19–29   
Backpacking the Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA. We'll spend 9 days backpacking the very beautiful and challenging wonderland trail which circumnavigates Mt. Rainier in Washington. This is a 93-mile trail with 22,000 Ft. elevation gain/loss. This is an experienced backpacker trip only. We'll have 2 food caches which will make the 10 mile average days easier.

Estimated cost: $1,000-$1,500. Deposit: $155. Max trip size: 6.

Cheryl B.• 763-607-1096



Friday – Sunday, September 26–28    SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Extravaganza at Whitewater State Park. This is Rovers' fall "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at Whitewater State Park this year. You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere! Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda. There are stipends to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.  |  Kim L.



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