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Winona Bluffs Traverse

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Cross the Winona Bluffs and add Sugar Loaf to finish


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7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

83%

Runnable

1,210' 369 m

High

660' 201 m

Low

1,616' 493 m

Up

1,653' 504 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

48%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

There are a number of wonderful trails on the bluffs overlooking Winona, Minnesota. Each has great views and this is a variety of difficulty available. This links several trails together starting at Stone Circle just west of the Holtzinger Lodge, then taking in Cowboy Lookout, down through the cemetery, back up the trail and stairs to Garvin Heights then over to Sugar Loaf for the million dollar views. This version is a great workout with rewarding views.

Description

While there are funded plans to build a trail linking the bluff trails this route will take you from Holzinger Lodge, take in the views at Garvin Heights, then head over to Sugar Loaf and down to the finish.

The initial climb is steep and a bit tricky to follow. This section is not frequently used but the trail is apparent without snow. There are a number of switchback problems to solve but it can be easily attainable at the high end of moderate.

Coming down through the cemetery is open to all then there is a short section on the road before heading up the clearly marked and moderate trail to Garvin Heights. After the views head to the subdivision road to the entrance of the final section - an old road begins the trail the it branches off into singletrack past the ice climbing then over and up to Sugar Loaf.

Return to the marked trail down to the road and your chase car.

Flora & Fauna

Deer and other Minnesota forest animals can be seen frequently.

Contacts

Shared By:

Frank Trotter

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Quick video of the hike across the Winona Bluffs.  Great views.
Mar 17, 2021 near Winona, MN

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