The Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is hosting a morning hike to the Mineral Springs waterfall in the Sheyenne State Forest on Saturday, May 5, and theyâ€™d like to invite you along.
President Deb Koepplin welcomed anyone who would like a few hours of outdoor activity on the easy-to-moderate trail to meet in the Rosebud Visitorâ€™s Center parking lot at 9 a.m. to carpool, or meet at the Sheyenne State Forest trailhead at 10 a.m.
The annual hiking excursion is usually well-attended, according to Koepplin.
â€śThe first one of the year has always been our best turnout, maybe 30 people,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™ve had quite a bit of interest in it. People come from all over for it, not just from Valley City.â€ť
Koepplin advised that participants bring a sack lunch and some water, and that they should expect to hike for about three hours on the 4.4-mile round-trip, which winds through scenic grasslands and riparian areas.
â€śI will probably be the guide, and our ultimate goal is to get to the waterfall at the end of the trail,â€ť said Koepplin. â€śI was out there back in April and it was a bit muddy, but itâ€™s going to be drier and nicer when thereâ€™s leaves on trees.â€ť
The hike kicks off a season of planned outings for the club, including a National Trails Day hiking and canoe excursion at Fort Ransom State Park on June 2, a North Country Trail hike and camp-out in July, and a National Public Lands Day hike in September.
For more information, contact Deb Koepplin at 845-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.