Great River Bluffs State Park

We continued with our once-a-week hiking goal. This time, Great River Bluffs State Park was our pick — a park we have hiked many times in different seasons. We decided on a longer trail route that would bring us to the summit of King’s Bluff. Unfortunately, the supposedly warmer weather fooled us, causing us to be slightly underdressed for the occasion. The day was super sunny, but the constantly blowing wind lowered the temperature to the low 20s. Hence, we kept moving to warm ourselves up. Most roads and trails were very icy and slippery, but we never had to slow down as our new micro spikes provided excellent traction. Overall, we hiked for 4.1 miles in just over 2 hours. We pondered whether to have tacos or burgers for lunch in Winona throughout the hike. Ultimately, we changed our minds at the last minute and headed to a Hmong restaurant in La Crosse instead.

A super icy parking lot at the trailhead.
Overlooking Queen’s Bluff from King’s Bluff.
The flat icy trail to King’s Bluff.
The brown lines represent our hiking paths in Great River Bluffs State Park.

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