Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Great trails in Wyoming/Stacy, Minn., area

Topo map for Sunrise River Trail.
Scenic lakes and wildlife await day hikers in the Wyoming/Stacy region of east central Minnesota.

Located immediately northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, the Wyoming/Stacy region is easy to reach with Interstate 35 running through both communities on its way to Duluth.

For a good day hike in the Wyoming/Stacy area, try one of these trails:
g Martin-Island Lakes Trail – A paved trail connects the parking lot at the Martin lake boat ramp to the swimming beach at Island Lake in Martin-Island-Linwood Regional Park. The park is northwest of Wyoming in neighboring Anoka County off of County Road 26.
g Pool 8 to Pool 9 Trail – Several hunter trails crisscross Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area in neighboring Anoka County. One nice 4.5-mile round trip route runs from the parking lot off of Stonebridge Road on the south side of Pool 8 to the lot on the northeast side of Pool 9.
g Sunrise Prairie Trail – The chances of seeing wildlife are high on this trail, which runs for 23 miles from Hugo to North Branch. A 4.5-mile round trip segment of the trail in Chisago County makes for a great day hike and provides an opportunity to spot wild turkeys.
g Sunrise River Trail – A 2-mile round trip trail heads through a wooded area to the Sunrise River east of Stacy in the Sunrise Unit of Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. From County Road 19, after passing Mud Lake, turn right/south onto a dirt road and then take the first left/east; park at the intersection for the trailhead.

Read more about day hiking Northeast Minnesota in my Headin’ to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of Northeast Minnesota guidebook.