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view of Minnesota river from scenic overlook

This Saturday I went a little farther north to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park.  By the time I got there, the office was closed, so I wasn’t sure which trail was the hiking club trail.  I started by visiting the overlook and some ruins on the site.  I saw a hiking club sign for the trail so I went that way.  Except, I didn’t know which trail it was.  I looked at a map and decided that I would rather take the trail that winds down by the river.  It looked like the other trail stayed on top of the bluffs and was likely a prairie trail. 

 

It was a short hike to the river from where I was, but I went through a culver underpass under the highway.

gnarly tree
  I’m guessing this trail doesn’t get used much because when I got to the other side, I couldn’t find the trail.  It was very overgrown, but I eventually found it.  It connected to a horse trail, so the path was very wide and gravelly.  I could hear the river flowing over some rapids and I could also hear (and see) and bunch of red headed woodpeckers in the trees.  I followed the trail but it was pretty boring.  Not very scenic, maybe because there were no leaves on the trees yet, or maybe because the scenery (or lack of) goes by faster on horse.  Soon enough I wound back up to the prairie bluffs.  I reached a fork in the trail and decided to head back to the car.  Turns out I missed the password because it was on the other trail. 


I studied my map.
Employee Duplex
  Usually the password is located about halfway along the trail and it looked like it would be near the campground.  It was getting late and cool and I didn’t feel like an extra 2 miles so I decided to drive to the campground and work my way to the password.  I didn’t know where it was, but I guessed which way to go.  The campground sits along the river and part of the trail winds along the river, so I figured the password would be back up in the prairie.  I climbed up the hill and sure enough, after a short ways up top I saw the sign.  Got my password and went back to the car.  I sort of felt like I was cheating, but I hiked a different trail that was just as long, but only slightly more scenic.
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view of Minnesota river from sceni…
view of Minnesota river from scen…
gnarly tree
gnarly tree
Employee Duplex
Employee Duplex
ruins of school
ruins of school
prairie restoration sign
prairie restoration sign
where did the trail go?
where did the trail go?
woodpecker holes
woodpecker holes
carpet of white flowers
carpet of white flowers
rock in the river
rock in the river
river trail turned into a prairie …
river trail turned into a prairie…
lone tree on the prairie
lone tree on the prairie
Minnesota River valley
Minnesota River valley
campground with tipee frame
campground with tipee frame
Granite Falls Sights & Attractions review
hiking and camping in the prairie
Upper Sioux Agency was created in the late 1800s as a means to convert the Sioux Indians to Christianity and educate them as well as teach them agricu… read entire review
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photo by: alyssa_ob