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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.


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

Night Hikes (Wednesdays)


Tuesday, September 9     SEMIANNUAL EVENT
Rovers Fall 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.

Wednesday – Sunday, September 10–14    TRIP FULL   
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: 6 + 2 coordinators.

Mike F. • 715-828-1610


Thursday – Sunday, September 11–14     
Trail Maintenance — Putting Final Touches on Moss Lake Trail near Grand Marais, MN. Get down and get dirty on a trail maintenance trip. It's fun, it's great exercise, it makes you feel good, and the scenics and camaraderie are unbeatable. And hey, as proof, I even met my wife on a trail construction trip! We welcome you to join us at the edge of the BWCAW for the last bit of brushing, sign placing, new deadfall removal, etc. before we announce the official opening of the Moss Lake Trail and the Rose Cliffs Loop Route. We'll also do deadfall, etc. sweeps on the non-wilderness sections of the South Lake and Caribou Rock Trails. Please see the link to the Friends of the Border Route Trail to signup and for further info.

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   
Hiking, Biking and Paddling in Wisconsin. Come join us for hiking, biking and paddling in Ontario, WI. We have reserved 2 campsites at Wildcat Mountain State Park, where we can fit two tents per site. Biking on the Sparta/Elroy bike trail. Canoe rentals and shuttle service in the Village of Ontario to paddle the Kickapoo River. Meals will be on your own except for a group dinner Saturday evening. Daily park sticker for out of state car is $10 (Annual $35).

Estimated cost: $20+ vehicle permit + gas. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 5-8.

Jen O • 612-202-6806  |  Barry S • 612-396-9455


Friday – Sunday, September 12–14    
Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail. Drive up Friday night after work, and hike 5-9 miles Saturday and Sunday on the SHT in the Temperance River/Lutsen area. If the group is interested we may plan a shorter hiking day Sunday and do some rock climbing on the way home. Beginners welcome.

Estimated cost: $25 (gas and food). Deposit: . Max trip size: 6.

Jane P.


Wednesday, September 17    WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Hiking at Fish Lake Regional Park in Maple Grove. Let's meet at 6:00 p.m. down at the boat launch at Fish Lake Regional Park. Free parking, free admission to the park. We'll plan to hike for 2+ miles at a moderate pace. Afterwards we can head to Chez Arnaud French Bakery off Bass Lake Road for desserts and espresso. Questions? Call or email before 3:00 p.m. the day of.

Estimated cost: Free + optional treats. Max trip size: open.

Kyra Anne • 763-416-5004 (no texts please)

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: $684.50. Deposit: $152.50. Max trip size: 6.

Cheryl B. • 763-607-1096

Thursday – Sunday, September 25–28    
Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail. Join me for a weekend of colorful, cool and bug free (hopefully) days of backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail. We will be covering the distance from Silver Bay to Co road 6, which is about 18 miles. We will be backpacking for three days going in on Friday and coming out on Sunday, with the mileage for each day being 6.6/7.8 and 4.6.

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 26–28    REGISTRATION OPEN!
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 discounts 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.

Saturday – Sunday, September 27 – October 5   
Rock Climbing, Colorado Front Range. Bored of MN single pitch climbing? Had enough Pieces of Pie and Pieces of Cake? Come join us in Colorado's Front Range for some of the best rock and mountain climbing a quick hop from Lindbergh Terminal can get you.

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.

Sarah K. • 952-607-8210  |  Ryan S. • 612-743-0968


Saturday, October 4     DAY TRIP
Bike Ride — Plum City, WI. Meet 10:00 a.m. in Plum City at the trout pond across from Mollie's on Main. We'll bike about 50 miles to Lake Pepin and back on the Fall Fresh Art Tour weekend. Shortcuts are possible, but hills are unavoidable in this Bluff and Coulee country (with spotty cell reception), just over an hour east of the Twin Cities. Pack a lunch to eat halfway, though we'll also pass bakeries and cafes along the way.

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 13.

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

Friday – Sunday, October 10–12    
Hike-Bike-Kayak/Canoe Wisconsin Ice Age Chippewa Morraine Area. Arriving on Friday at 6:00 pm at Blue Moose Restaurant (dinner on your own) on west side of Hwy 53 exit for Bloomer WI, approximately 2 hours from Bloomington, MN. After dinner, leave for the cabin near New Auburn WI. For those that arrive later, detailed instructions can be given to find the lake house.

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    
Fall “Phenology with Larry Weber” Weekend. One Minnesota's favorite naturalists will be teaching a weekend full of fall phenology at the Audubon Center of the North Woods just outside of Sandstone. Drive up early after work on Friday, program concludes Sunday at 1pm. Plan to dress for all types of weather and enjoy the outdoors. All meals and lodging included. Accommodations for a double room is $235 or quad for $155.

Estimated cost: $155–$235 + gas.

Sponsoring organization: Audubon Center of the North Woods

Kyra Anne • 763-416-5004


2014 Loppet Trails Day. Please join me at Theodore Wirth Park from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Through REI, we will be helping the Loppet Foundation prepare the trails for the upcoming cross-country ski season. You know, the "w" word ;-) You have to register separately for the event. Let me know if you decide you want to join me, but please register with them. Hope to see you out there! | more info | register |

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    
Whitewater State Park Halloween Trip. Registration is open for the Annual Whitewater State Park Halloween Trip in SE MN (2 hrs south of the TC). Activities may include: biking, hiking, geocaching, fishing, paddling, socializing AND celebrating Halloween — complete with decorations, a costume party, pumpkin carving, even prizes!

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.

Pat R. • 612-741-0846  |  Register with: Jen O. • 612-202-6806


Saturday – Sunday, November 1–2    
Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI. I am taking the Wilderness First Aid class run by WMI/NOLS at REI in Bloomington. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This class is a good way to be prepared to take care of yourself or a friend when there is an accident in the wilderness. It is fast moving and fun, with a lot of information, hands on activities, and realistic scenarios to practice the skills you have learned. It would be great to have some more Rovers join in! This class does not include CPR. Register on REI website.

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.

Jane P.


Thursday, December 25–28    
Bear Head Lake State Park Winter Cabin Trip. Enjoy this favorite park of the Northland over the holidays! Situated between Ely and Tower, Bear Head Lake State Park offers cross country skiing, snowshoeing and even ice fishing! Nearby Ely also offers opportunities for exploration, including the North American Bear Center, the International Wolf Center, as well as small-town shopping and dining.

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    
New Zealand. Seeking folks interested in joining two other Rovers for all/part of 1+ month New Zealand trip with outdoor focus mostly on South Island. Activities may include: bird watching, kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and "other." Accommodations in hostels, lodges, farm stays, shearing huts, and "other." Limited urban exposure. High cost trip with RT airfares currently >$2,200 USD.

Estimated cost: $6-$7,000. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 4.

Pat R. • 612-741-0846  |  Mike S. • 651-283-4477


Wednesday – Monday, February 11–16   
Winter Camping by Dogsled. Rovers are once again ready to winter camp and dogsled again on this trip of a lifetime! This is the fourth trip with Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge. Travel the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by dogsled, camp by firelight, and enjoy one of the most popular areas in Minnesota free of crowds, bugs, and bears. This trip is arranged through Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, owned and operated by famed polar explorer Paul Schurke.

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.

Registration form  |  Gear lists, rental forms and refund policies

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



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