Day Hiking Checklist Detroit Lakes MN

Parents on family hikes often act like pack mules, so be sure to divvy up the goods before heading out. Not only will this save your shoulders, it will give the kids a reality check. Hiking is more than a walk in the woods , but if you use our list, you'll have what you need without taxing yourself.

Splatball
(612) 378-0385
2921 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN
 
Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC
(952) 828-6500
9520 Viking Dr
Eden Prairie, MN
 
The Encounter
(218) 722-9820
201 East First Street
Duluth, MN
 
Mall of America
(952) 883-8810
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN
 
Pump it Up - The Inflatable Party Zone
(763) 757-9000
13941 Lincolns Street NE #400
Ham Lake, MN
 
Arthur Murray
(612) 920-1900
5041 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
 
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
(612) 332-0386
900 South Fifth St.
Minneapolis, MN
 
Minnesota Wild
(651) 602-6000
317 Washington St
St. Paul, MN
 
Canterbury Park
(952) 445-7223
1100 Canterbury Rd.
Shakopee, MN
 
Tuttle's Bowling, Bar & Grill
(952) 938-4090
107 Shady Oak Rd. S
Hopkins, MN
 

Day Hiking Checklist

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Day Hike Checklist

Keeping short and sweet hikes short and sweet

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Day hikes are a great way to explore the natural surroundings. Whether you drive to a local trail for a few hours or hike from your campground, these treks can be short, sweet and very rewarding. Even if you plan on sticking to established paths, you'll need to keep your orientation wits about you. Just because you're on a popular trail doesn't mean you can't get lost . Don't forget to pack your map and compass alongside your common sense.

While forgetting essential gear isn't unusual, many day trekkers err in the other direction and take too much. Bring what you need, but remember that you'll be carrying everything - all day. Being loaded down with excess gadgets or rations will take the fun out of a hike faster than an angry grizzly.

Parents on family hikes often act like pack mules, so be sure to divvy up the goods before heading out. Not only will this save your shoulders, it will give the kids a reality check. Hiking is more than a walk in the woods , but if you use our list, you'll have what you need without taxing yourself.

Before You Go

  • Make sure all electronic devices are fully charged
  • Leave your itinerary with family, friends or park officials
  • Check the weather forecast

Pack in Your Day Pack

  • Map(s)
  • Compass and / or GPS device
  • First aid kit
  • Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool
  • Extra food and water
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Matches (stormproof or in waterproo...

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