Monday, June 29, 2015

Video of Minnesota’s Boom Site Trail

Day hikers can enjoy fascinating sandstone bluff formations at the St. Croix Boom Site Trail north of Stillwater, Minn.

The St. Croix Boom Site Trail runs a mere 0.4 miles round trip but makes for a scenic afternoon diversion. It’s located in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

The Cambrian-era sandstone formed around 485 million years old when this part of the world sat under a shallow, tropical sea. Flashfloods from melting glaciers swept through the area carved out the cliffs and river valley a mere 10,000 years ago.

Here’s a video of some of the sandstone formations taken along the trail:

To reach the trail, from downtown Stillwater drive north on Minn. Hwy. 95. Watch for the signs; after Pawnee Avenue North, there’s a turnoff for the Boom Site on the right/east. Park in the looping access road. The trailhead is south of the lot’s access road. The Boom Site is a brief 50-foot walk down a staircase to a beach.

Article describing trail
Photo album of trail

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.