Yesterday, I hiked around Lake Rebecca on my first hike from the "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" book for Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since I don't get to do a long hike this year, I'll be walking these local spots as Fall approaches and the trees change colors. I don't plan to do all 60 hikes, but I'll share what I find on those I complete.
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My wife joined me on this beautiful early Fall walk on a 6.5 mile paved multi-use trail. It is a well-maintained area with trails for walking, biking, and horses. We saw a couple riding horse, quite a few bikers, and a half dozen roller-bladers on this sunny, bright blue afternoon. I still can't figure out why so many people don't wear helmets when biking and blading - oh well.
The trail passed through open meadows, thick maple, basswood, oak forest, and near swampy areas at it made its way around Lake Rebecca. We enjoyed the variety of terrain during the two hours we hiked this loop trail.
We are past the time for picking wild berries, but we did try some wild plums growing along the trail. They were very sweet, but past ripe for the most part. There were also many acorns dropping from the trees when the wind blew just right.
There is a wonderful playground, beach, and picnic area at the trailhead. A lookout tower was almost too tempting for me to stay away, but my wife still has her commanding 'stern look' from raising two boys and it works well. :-)
This is a very easy trail, being paved the entire loop, and offers a nice afternoon stroll away from most traffic, but still close to the cities. In a few weeks, it will be even more beautiful with the wide variety of trees changing colors. This map shows the current colors across the state - don't miss them!
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