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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)


Wednesday, August 27    WEDNESDAY NIGHT HIKE
Hiking at Old Cedar Ave Bridge in Bloomington. With the sun setting earlier in late August, we will start a bit earlier at 6:30 p.m. We will meet at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and walk over to Bass Ponds and back — a 3-mile hike. Bring water and bug repellent and a head lamp if you have one, in case darkness falls. Directions: Take Old Shakopee Road to Old Cedar Ave (east of Hwy 77) Turn south on Old Cedar Ave and drive to the parking lot at the end of the road. | map |

Estimated cost: $0.

Pat W. • 612-850-1519

Friday – Monday, August 29 – September 1    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
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!


Tuesday, September 2 and EVERY TUESDAY    DAY TRIP / WEEKLY EVENT
Bicycling Before the Tuesday Meeting. Meet at 5:45 p.m.at 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.

Friday – Sunday, September 5–7    
Biking/Hiking at Mille Lacs Kathio. The Mille Lacs Kathio State Park area, located on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs offers hiking (Mille Lacs and Father Hennepin parks), biking (Soo Line Trail, around Lake Mille Lacs), and paddling (Rum River and Mille Lacs, Ogechie and Shakopee Lakes?) opportunities. We've reserved a group site; join us in exploring the area. Food is on your own (although we may have a potluck one night). If you want to coordinate the paddling, let me know. Must be a member to go on this overnight trip. Info about membership is available here. E-mail is preferred.

Estimated cost: $15. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 25ish.

Stacey G. • 612-207-2806

Friday – Sunday, September 5–7     
Bicycling / Paddling at Cuyuna Lakes. You get to choose the activities for the weekend. We will be camping at Portsmouth Campground at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and enjoying all the great outdoor activities this area has to offer. Options include the best singletrack mountain biking in the state (for all ability levels), miles of paved road biking, SUP, kayaking or canoeing (bike, board, boat rentals available), swimming, hiking, or fishing.

We plan on spending most of the time mountain biking and hope to do some paddling or trying a stand up paddleboard as well. Join us for a little adrenaline, a little water time, a little chilling by the fire and a lot of fun...and perhaps a few shenanigans!

The campsites are first come, first serve. Last year at the same time, there were plenty of campsites to choose from, we're hoping for the same this year.

Bring your own food, plan a pot luck, or head into town (Crosby) for a bit to eat.

Estimated cost: $15 + rentals or anything else you choose to do. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 20.

Jodi & Scott S.

Saturday September 6    SOCIAL EVENT
Social Event. Gather at Karen's in New Hope to gab and munch. Arrive anytime after 7:00 p.m. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and your beverage of choice. RSVP to get directions.

Karen G. • 763-591-9623

Sunday, September 7    DAY TRIP
Mushrooming. Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park is hosting a Mushroom Hunt for Giant Puffballs, Hen of the Woods, and Sulfur Shelves. The afternoon will end with a small mushroom sampler plate. Plan to hike on and off trail; dress appropriately with good shoes. The program runs from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., so lets meet at 2:45 p.m. outside the nature center building. $5 for SLP residents, $7 for all others. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Estimated cost: $5-$7 . Deposit: $5-$7. Max trip size: 25.

Sponsoring organization: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Kyra Anne • 763-416-5004

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


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. 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    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


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


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



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