HIKE AND PINTS

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HIKE AND PINTS

36.00

LAKE MARIA STATE PARK

We will meet at the visitor center after you receive your day pass at the park office. A Hiking The North team member will greet you, hand you your day pass, and guide you through the park. 

ADDRESS TO THE PARK

11411 Clementa Avenue Northwest
Monticello, MN 55362

PLEASE CALL OR TEXT: 612-281-4839 for direct questions. 

SPILLED GRAIN BREWHOUSE
300 Elm St E
Annandale, MN 55302

TIME: 10AM-2PM

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HIKE AND PINTS

Join us for a peaceful meditative hike through the beautiful trails of Lake Maria State Park! The trail starts off by the visitor center where we will meet. The distance is roughly about 3 miles and the terrain is intermediate. The fun will start at 10am and will do a quick introduction. Please make sure that you dress properly for the weather. Below is a list of things you should consider on bringing for your day outdoors. After our awesome hike, we will return to the visitor center answer any questions and drive to Spilled Grain Brewhouse were there will be a table reserved for us under Hiking The North. There will be a flight of beer samples for you to try (you must be 21 and over). We will provide non-alcoholic beverages too!  

ABOUT THE PARK

The Big Woods was a forest that once occupied 3,030 square miles in south-central Minnesota. The forest was comprised of maple, basswood, white and red elm, red oak, tamarack, and red cedar on the banks of numerous lakes. The trees were so thick that sunlight couldn't penetrate to the forest floor in some spots. French explorers called the forest "Bois Grand" or "Bois Fort." Later, settlers altered the name to the "Big Woods." Today, farms, towns, suburbs, and industry have replaced much of the Big Woods. Fortunately, Lake Maria State Park retains a remnant of the grandness of the original Big Woods.

Lake Maria State Park is located at the northern edge of the Big Woods. This region is characterized by rough, wooded terrain and terminal moraine. The moraine consists of an accumulation of boulders, stone, and other debris left by a glacier that melted 10,000 years ago.

LEAVE NO TRACE MINNESOTA CHAPTER

The Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter is a state-wide network of individuals and organizations that shares the mission and vision of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which include Leave No Trace In Every Park, and Leave No Trace For Every Kid. The leadership team is a group of volunteers who work with the State Advocate to strengthen the Leave No Trace network in Minnesota by providing educational outreach and developing collaborative partnerships. Together, we teach people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly by putting the Leave No Trace principles into action and growing a state of outdoor advocates in Minnesota. 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Comfortable, broken-in winter boots
  • Backpack
  • Snow pants, warm under layers, and a warm winter jacket
  • Water (insulated water bottles are best, camel backs tubes can freeze depending on temp) 
  • Snacks (trail-mix and granola bars are always a good choice)
  • Sunglasses 
  • Lip balm
  • Winter Hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Any First Aid items that is required for your well-being (personal medications, epi-pens).  Please be sure to communicate any medical issues in a private conversation with the guides.

*COST: $36/person. Space is limited and registration required.

*WHO: Anyone is welcomed! Your fur babies, your kids, friends and family! Note: The hike is approximately 3-4 miles. Kids are welcomed if you think they could make the hike. Dogs are not allowed inside the brewery. 

*TRAILS: The trails are intermediate. So please wear comfortable warm boots and warm clothing. Insulated water bottles would be best to keep hydrated throughout your hike. 

Please dress in seasonally appropriate winter clothing with snow boots. If weather conditions are extremely cold we will cancel the event and re-schedule. We will keep you updated with weather conditions! 

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE WITH THE HIKE

Hiking The North is proud member of the Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter. Portion of your hike proceeds will go towards education of all ages to the organization: To Protect, preserve, and enjoy the State Parks of Minnesota.  

  • CPR Certified HTN Leader
  • Guided hike through Lake Maria trails
  • Leave No Trace Hang Tag
  • Day pass for the state park***
  • Beer tasting at Spilled Grain Brewhouse
  • Fun community and building new friendships!
  • A portion of your ticket goes toward education for future generation. Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter. 

***The day pass is included in the pricing. If you have a State Park Annual Pass, the proceeds of the day pass will go towards the Leave No Trace Minnesota Chapter.  

NOT INCLUDED WITH YOUR HIKE

  • Transportation to Lake Maria State Park is not included. We will help facilitate carpools for you after you register. 

Please contact team@hikingthenorth.net if you have any questions! 

*NO REFUNDS ON THE HIKE.