We decided to head out to Willow River State Park to try our hand at the first snow hike of the year!
Pete and I have decided that we want to become more serious hikers so each week we pick a local park and go for a nice hike.
We have plans to hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim either summer of 2018 or 2019 – depending on which friends want to come with us so we chose Willow River because there is a nice observation deck with about
4,000 a couple hundred stairs to climb.
Elevation training? Check
- Located right across the border in Hudson, WI
- Requires an entrance fee – $11
- Open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Nice campsites that look to be very private in the summer
- Nearly 2,000 acres of land to explore
- A beautiful waterfall set in a 200-foot gorge
- Observation deck over the falls/park
We chose a couple trails that maybe totaled 3-4 miles starting at one of the campgrounds and winding around to the falls.
The falls are SO beautiful and worth the hike. Don’t let it scare you!
Hiking out here was moderately tough, not made any easier by the snow, either. The trails are marked with difficulty so you can plan your route according to your fitness level/desires. We were on the moderate trails, but there were a few steep hills that were tough to get up with the snow.
After you’ve oogled the amazing waterfalls, head up the steps to the observation deck.
Trust me, it’s worth it!
This area of the country is so pretty. I’m reminded daily why I made the move.
Spend some time up on the deck, catch your breath, have some water and a snack. Then make the much easier descent back to the ground.
Depending on how you’re feeling you can pick up some other trails, or head back the way you came and finish off in the campgrounds.
On our way back we made note of some of the campsites we’d like to reserve for the summer. Check back to see the park differences in another season!
Anyone else enjoy hiking?
Has anyone done the Grand Canyon rim to rim?
Favorite spots to go for a hike?
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