Join me for a 5-mile hike at Crow-Hassan Park in Rogers, MN, along wide mowed prairie and Big Woods trails (about 2 hours). Pretty gentle hike with minimal elevation. Some areas are loose sand. Meet up at the single vehicle parking lot: 12595 Park Dr., Rogers, MN. There is a bathroom at the trailhead. Water too, but I’m not sure when they turn it off, so be prepared. Dogs are permitted on leash only; be aware that trails are shared with horses. RSVP to [email protected] or text / call my cell 952-250-2467 with any questions and so I know to wait for you. If you are not a Rover member, be sure to complete the liability waiver.
Naturalists consider Crow-Hassan the crown jewel of the Three Rivers park system, with over 100 species of prairie wildflowers and many unique insects and animals on a sweeping, 840-acre prairie. At this time of year, monarchs gather by the dozens or hundreds to feed on the Liatris (blazing star) and to roost in the trees as they gather strength for their migration south. In addition to the fun of hiking, this is a great park for landscape or wildflower photography or to explore nature. I will happily provide plant IDs and random naturalist info on request. If you want to download the iNaturalist app on your phone ahead of time, I can show you how to use that to ID plants and insects as well. Love to meet some more Rovers enjoying the outdoors!