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Take a hike in 2012

I’d like to thank Brian Peterson, outdoors editor, for the great story in the Dec. 25th Outdoor Traditions section of the Brainerd Dispatch showcasing the Wolf Lake Trails east of Brainerd which typically are groomed cross county ski trails this time of year, but make great mountain biking opportunities during snowless winters.

As we make those New Year resolutions to become more active and to exercise more, I’d like to inform you of many other hiking, biking, (ungroomed) XC skiing and snowshoeing opportunities within several other non-motorized trail systems on the public landscape managed by Crow Wing County.

For site locations and maps, please visit Crow Wing County’s web site at: and go to Visitors, Recreational Activities, Trails, Non-Motorized Hiking Trails. Web site information is continually changing so visit the site often for recent updates.

Thirteen gated non-motorized trails are throughout Crow Wing County. I invite you to visit them, particularly the ones near your home or cabin. The trails were mowed in the fall and are open for all non-motorized activities. If the snow eventually gets deep this winter, find trail systems adjacent to publicly maintained and plowed roadways for rustic cross-county skiing or snowshoeing opportunities.

Make it a goal to visit all the non-motorized trails in Crow Wing County in 2012. Some may become your favorite areas to explore. Join me and let’s all take a hike in 2012!

Bryan Pike

Natural Resource Manager

Land Services Department

Crow Wing County

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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