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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)
Bicycling Before the Meeting (Tuesdays)
Rock Climbing at Taylors Falls (Fridays)

JULY 2014

Bicycling Before the Tuesday Meeting. Meet at 5:45 the Bicycle Chain bike shop one block south of Ol' Mexico to depart at 6:00 p.m., returning in time for meeting at 7:30. Just show up or call me if you're running late.

David B. • 612-214-3219  |  John F.


Hiking at Lake Nakomis. A short hike where strollers and children of all ages are welcome. Meet and the playground on Lake Nokomis between 7:00 and 7:30. There is parking near the playground. We'll hike around the lake as far as the tyrants (I mean, small children) allow. We'll stop whenever we need to for snacks, diaper changes, or up-close examination of flora and fauna. I'll be the one whose kid has a red trike with a handle.

Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

Megan C. • 612-232-4495

Thursday – Sunday, July 31 – August 3    
Sail Apostles. Board a 42' foot luxurious Catalina sloop in Pike's Bay, Thursday night, and sail F, S, Sun, returning to the dock about 3pm. Share food and gas costs, carpool.The deposit is for the boat. Roller furling main and jib. No experience necessary. Not a drinking boat, music provided by wind, water, and sails. 4 spots left. Email your experience (don't need any, but I need to know what you know anyway). We sail to islands, anchor, swim at anchor at lunchtime and evening. Hiking can be done at the end of the day before/after dinner at evening anchor. Link to boat below.

Estimated cost: $400. Deposit: $347.50. Max trip size: 6.

Geoff S.


Friday, August 1  DAY TRIP   
Rock Climbing at Taylor's Falls. See trip description for more information and contact info on the weekly events page.

Rob & Lori C.

Saturday, August 2   DAY TRIP
16th Annual Summer in the Sticks. Join us at Elm Creek Park Reserve for biking, hiking, inline skating, swimming, picnic, etc. If you’re willing to make the trek all the way to the NW ’burbs to this terrific park in Maple Grove, meet at the recreation area near the beach and we’ll start there. Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a 40–50 mile road bike ride (with a stop for lunch), or later for other activities (e.g., shorter bike rides, inline skating, hiking, volleyball, swimming, disc golf) (see agenda below).

People willing to coordinate other activities would be appreciated*, otherwise just show up and decide amongst yourselves when you get there.

If you can’t make it during the day, join us later (~5pm), for a pot-luck BBQ. Bring something to grill and something to share. We need people to bring grills and charcoal (gas grills welcome too).

Elm Creek Park Reserve has 20 miles of paved trails that also connect to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park via the Rush Creek Regional Trail (7 miles) or Fish Lake Regional Park on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. These trails are all in excellent condition for biking and inline skating. There are also over 30 miles of turf hiking trails an AWESOME 12+ mile mountain bike trail system, plus the brand new Eastman Nature Center.

Don’t forget swimwear! There’s a man-made, chlorinated, and filtered swimming pond ($2 fee) with sand beach in the park. For the kiddos, there's a new playground at the recreation area as well.


Time Activity Coordinator
9:00 am 40-60 mile road bike ride. Bring money for lunch/snacks.
Meet in the parking lot of the recreation area. Helmets are required!
Scott & Jodi
1:00 pm Bicycling 20–30 miles on trails (~12 mph). Meet in the parking lot by the swimming area. ??
ALL DAY Just show up and do something fun! You!
5:00 pm Potluck BBQ (bring something to grill and something to share). Also BYOB, a chair, and reuseable dinnerware Scott & Jodi

*Other activities that YOU can coordinate

Help us fill in the blanks! Let us know if you are willing to be a contact person for other activities (e.g., inline skating, running, or make up your own fun!). Just let us know what time/location you'd like to meet and we'll add it to the agenda.

Time Activity Coordinator
  Family fun at the beach. Bring the kids and hang for the day.  
  Mountain biking, meet at the trailhead  
  Hiking, meet at the beach/picnic area  
  Disc golf, meet at the beach/picnic area first, then head over to the visitor center to play. $5 fee +$2 if you need to rent discs.  
  Inline skating  
  Running (paved or turf trails)  

Scott & Jodi S.

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

Sunday, August 3   DAY TRIP   
Paddling on the Rum River. Length of trip is about 13 miles. Must have river canoe/kayak skills for this trip and locate your own boat/paddling partner. Meet at Rum River North County Park canoe launch site at 9:30 a.m. The entrance to the park is located just west of St. Francis High School. We will pull out at Rum River Central Regional Park. Afterward, we can go out for dinner at a restaurant/bar in Anoka for those who are interested.

Trip will be cancelled if severe weather is forecast. Any changes to plans will be announced via the e-group.

Bring the normal stuff: 1. Clothing for cool weather if needed. 2. Rain Gear 3. Sun hat 4. Sun screen, lip balm, sun glasses 5. Old tennis shoes or sandals or aqua socks, etc. 6. Lunch, snacks, plenty of water or other beverages 7. Money for going out to eat afterwards 8. PFD, paddles, canoe or kayak 9.Clothes to change into after the paddle (you can leave them in their car).

Estimated cost: $5 vehicle permit.

Scott & Jodi S.

Wednesday, August 6     WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Hiking at Carver Park Reserve in Victoria. Meet at the Lowry Nature Center parking lot and leave promptly at 7:30 p.m. We can hike for 1½ hours or so, then there are a couple of different places to go for ice cream after for those interested. This park has very well kept paved trails for the roller bladers in our group. Dress according to the weather, bring bug spray and water. Go to, click on Carver Park Reserve for directions and to preview this beautiful park.

Estimated cost: $0.

Ron T, • 612-296-7016


Wednesday – Saturday, August 6–9    
Madeline Island Cabin R&R. Come enjoy R&R on sweet Madeline Island in a modest welcoming cabin overlooking the one & only Lake Superior! Down time can be spent cycling, hiking, paddling or skipping stones. We'll coordinate evening meals together. Not a party cabin, (unless a game of scrabble makes you want to howl at the moon). You must be a member to go on this overnight trip.

Estimated cost: $150 plus travel/ferry expenses. Deposit: $150. Max trip size: 4 (2 spots left).

Colleen D. • 651-249-8014

Friday – 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 23 Visit the 60th Anniversary website for more information and to sign up.

Trip Coordinators: The Reunion Committee

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   ALMOST FULL!*
Bicycling the Gitchi Gami Trail.

*Only four spots left for new members (until August 1). Waiting list is open for other members.

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.

Wednesday, August 20     WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Urban Hike at Lake Calhoun. What’s summer without a walk around Lake Calhoun followed by Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? We’ll meet at 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Calhoun Executive Center (3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis). Park as close to the lake as you can and look for a red Subaru Impreza. It’s about three miles around the lake, and then we’ll walk across Excelsior Blvd afterwards for some ice cream. Dogs and kids welcome.

Estimated cost: Ice cream $$. Max trip size: no limit.

Sue W. • 612-803-2424

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!


Wednesday – Sunday, September 10–14    TRIP FULL — 1   
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


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 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

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.

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



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