Tips for Finding Great Hiking Trails

hikingThe hiking community in the Midwest has been thriving for years. Due to the nature of the geography across the Midwestern states in America there has been an explosion of hikers all over. You can find them at all of the great trails every weekend and they are doing it at all levels of expertise. There are the beginners trying out their first hikes and the seasoned experts, complete with their rucks, hiking the ten mile tracks that would leave most hikers completely winded. In Minnesota, in particular, the hiking community is reaching all time highs in terms of popularity. This is due to the great state parks that they have, a diverse geography, and a populace that is ready to hit the trails. Knowing that the community is thriving is one thing, but actually finding great trails is another. Let’s take a look at how to find some great trails in Minnesota.

HIT THE HOT SPOTS
A simple online websearch can lead a curious hiker to the most well known hiking locations in the state. Searching with the right keywords will probably reveal the Gunflint Trail Resorts right at the top of the list. Seeing a whole plethora of reviews, hiking pictures, and message board chatter related to this set of trails is a good sign. Use this frame of mind to keep looking for all of the “big” locations. Even though they are the most popular, and popular doesn’t always mean good, this is a great way to start finding hiking spots.

NETWORK
Being that hiking is a rather niche hobby, it is imperative that you get involved with the hikers that you meet. There is no better source of information than from the person that has experienced it all first hand. When you are out for a hike at one of the established locations keep an eye out for those expert hikers. When you see them, and you will know them when you do, make sure to ask of their expertise for a little bit. Ask them where the best and worst hiking spots around are, their personal favorites, and that kind of thing. Write down this information but don’t stop there. It’s hard to trust a random strangers advice so go ahead and ask other people you see the same questions. Take all of that information to the internet and complete your research and you should have an idea of where to find some great hiking trails.

So there isn’t a lot involved in finding great hiking spots. You just have to keep an open mind to go with your open eyes. Keep hitting the trails and eventually you’ll be finding all the best spots around.

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