Today’s hiking adventure began at Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area. Grey Cloud Dunes SNA is a type of sand-gravel prairie which is rare in Minnesota. We were very careful to stay on the trail so we did not damage the sensitive landscape.
Spring is definitely here! The dirt trails were surrounded by bright green grass. Little baby leaves were beginning to grow on the trees all around us.
The trail led us under the train tracks and to a beautiful open prairie.
As we hiked closer to the Mississippi River we came across several small ponds. The water and grass appeared so vibrant in color.
The Mississippi River offered beautiful views as always.
Along the trail, the trees were magnificent.
We crossed back over the railroad tracks and began our climb to the upper part of the prairie.
The higher view offered a beautiful view of the river below.
After hiking the Grey Cloud Dunes SNA, we continued our hike to Hazen P. Mooers Park. Mooers Lake connects to the Mississippi River. We crossed over the bridge and continued our hike on to Lower Grey Cloud Island.
Once on the island, we noticed there was a Sand and Gravel Mine. They had a huge excavator bucket on display at the beginning of their entrance.
The turquoise colored water next to a mining operation is always interesting to see.
Today’s hiking adventure was 9.9 miles.