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The Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota are a group of people who hike the nature parks and trails of our state and do so with bare feet. We enjoy feeling the rich variety of nature's surfaces with our soles and find that it adds unique pleasure to our hiking experiences.

The group was formed in 2003 when a few local members of the Society for Barefoot Living (SBL) decided to share their enthusiasm for this activity and encourage others to join them. It is one of a number of affiliated groups that promote barefoot hiking around the world.

Hikes are scheduled throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. We try to offer something for everyone, from the beginner out for their first barefoot stroll to the experienced hiker looking for a more challenging barefoot trek.

There are no dues or fees associated with Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota membership. All that's needed are a set of bare feet and a desire to share hiking experiences with others. Come and join us!
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May hike at Cleary Lake Regional Park
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William O'Brien State Park
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Meet at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center building, 860 Cliff Road
No parking or entrance fees
Leashed pets are welcome; please put pet waste in the garbage
See the “Hikes” page of our website for park information and driving directions

We’ll set off from the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center building at 1:00 PM and take an “out and back” hike to the Holland Lake trailhead.  The natural-surface trails in this area of the park are great for bare feet, with lots of packed earth, some sections of mowed grass, and a couple of small but wonderful stretches of fine sand near the lake.  And there’s plenty of tree cover to shade us from the summer sun.  In the past, it has taken us right around 2 hours to cover this 3.8 mile route.
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Here in spirit too.
I believe my next time in MSP will be in october or november.
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Sturdy boots are usually considered key to a long, safe hiking trip. But some hikers strip off all the foot protection to fully appreciate the ground they walk on.
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Our next hike will be held on Saturday, July 13 at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in the south metro city of Eagan. This year we will once again be visiting the wooded northern section of this expansive park.

We’ll set off from the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center building at 1:00 PM and take an “out and back” hike to the Holland Lake trailhead. The natural-surface trails in this area of the park are great for bare feet, with lots of packed earth, some sections of mowed grass, and a couple of small but wonderful stretches of fine sand near the lake. And there’s plenty of tree cover to shade us from the summer sun. In the past, it has taken us right around 2 hours to cover this 3.8 mile route.

Note that there are no parking or entrance fees involved. Although the area we will be hiking through is often relatively bug-free, the mosquito situation can sometimes be hard to predict, so you might want to bring some insect repellant if that is a concern for you. Also, while we will be hiking on surfaces that are quite barefoot-friendly, feel free to bring along some backup footwear if you’d like.
July 2013: Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Sat, July 13, 2013, 2:00 PM
860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123

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I am not going to make this one, either. 
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Our last hike of the season at Spring Lake Park
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You better buy a best hiking boot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOM8mIHkXDc
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Sorry, thought this had been posted, but seems it wasn't. Meet at the parking lot at the end of the entrance road. No parking or entrance fees. Leashed dogs okay. Hikes page of our website has additional info. 
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+Donna Byrne, the next one is June 8. If you join the group through the website, you'll get emails and reminders. Very low volume, too!
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This month's BHM hike will be at Frontenac State Park. Make sure you allow for enough travel time. It takes between one and half to two hours from the Twin Cities to get there. A state park parking sticker is also needed to get in the park. We will meet at the Point-No-Point picnic area parking lot, which is located at the very end of the park road. The hike starts at 1:00 pm. Check the BHM website (bfhikersmn.org) for more information.
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Here is a nice oportunity for us to show people the joy of barefooting!
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Also, wanted to mention that they do sell earthing shoes (flip-flops, loafer, you name it!) that offer the same benefits and might be helpful for people that don't feel that they can walk with their shoes off or at least not everywhere.  The earthing shoes conduct the earth's energy thru a metal peice fitted in the sole and is effective anytime walking on the bare ground, gravel or cement, any season of the year. I do enjoy the convenience of the earthing products available on the market, but for those looking for another inexpensive way to "earth", you can walk barefoot in your own front yard, on a sidewalk(just not on asphalt) or even on the basement cement floor.  
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OTHER INFORMATION:
- Meet at the River Access parking lot
- Parking permit required ($5 one-day, $25 year-round)
- See the “Hikes” page of our website for park information and driving directions
 
 
Hi everyone,
 
Our first hike will be held on Saturday, May 11 along the banks of the St. Croix River at Wild River State Park, located north of the Twin Cities near the town of Center City.
 
We’ll meet at the River Access parking lot and start our hike at 1:00 PM.  Group member +Cyndi Scherzer  has already done some scouting of the trails and has planned a great “season opener” for our enjoyment.  The route is mostly flat with a few small hills – nothing too strenuous for winter-softened bodies or feet!  There’s also a chance of spotting bald eagles at either of a couple of nests along the way.
 
Please note that state parks (including Wild River) require vehicle parking permits.  A $5 permit gives you access to the park for one day, while a $25 permit gets you into any Minnesota state park for a 12-month period.  If the permit fee or the driving distance to the park is a deterrent for anyone who would like to attend, please let me know – we can try to work out carpool or shuttle arrangements of some kind.
 
Be sure to visit the "Hikes" page of our website,http://bfhikersmn.org, for links to additional park information.
 
 
Thanks everyone!
 
-- Jim Guttmann

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Barefoot Hikers of Minnesota
"Soles in touch with nature"
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Hike Summary

Spring 2013 has certainly brought a variety pack of weather our way. For Saturday’s hike at Wild River State Park, we enjoyed a cool but dry day. Temperatures hovered around 50°F, while stiff breezes blew under mostly cloudy skies—actually, quite a refreshing treat for bare springtime feet!
 
A total of ten hikers gathered for our season opener: Bryan Bertsch with sons Aaron & Forest, Tammy Covacevich, Jim Guttmann, Jeff Hammergren, +Lyle Lange, +Johan Potgieter, +Cyndi Scherzer, and Bob Westlund.
 
Cyndi had planned out a route that would take us upstream along the St. Croix River and eventually back downstream to our starting point. The terrain was fairly flat, with the fast-flowing river to one side, and an expanse of woods to the other. Occasional low-lying areas had turned to pools of water, but the trail itself remained quite dry throughout.
 
For the most part, trail surfaces consisted of packed earth and newly greening grass, with remnants of leaf clutter from last fall carpeting sections of the path. Pockets of sand here and there added some tactile interest and provided a bit of cushioning to our footsteps. A few mud puddles gave many of us an excuse to pad around with "dirty feet" for a while. :-) And a couple of sandy beaches along the shoreline gave us wonderful opportunities to feel the cool, powdery granules sift between our toes.
 
Our balloon loop hike covered about 3.1 miles in total—0.9 miles upstream, 1.3 miles around a wooded loop, and 0.9 miles back downstream again. We spent a little over two hours on the trail enjoying views of the fast-flowing water, tall budding trees, and even the sight of a bald eagle launching from its nest across the river. All in all, it was a great "first hike of the year" that nourished our souls and conditioned our soles.
 
Note that our next regular hike will be held on Sunday, June 9. We haven't finalized a location for that outing just yet, but Crow-Hassan Park Reserve in the northwest metro area is a strong possibility. If you would like to suggest a location for a future event, please speak up—your ideas are always welcome!
 
—Jim Guttmann
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