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NCT: MN Segment 1 - Northwest Minnesota

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85.4 mile 137.5 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 1,992' 607 m
Descent: -1,532' -467 m
High: 1,520' 463 m
Low: 923' 281 m

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Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Hike across western Minnesota's tallgrass prairie region, through rolling forested hills, and by numerous lakes.

Matthew Davis

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Off-road segments of the NCT are closed during deer rifle hunting season. Learn more atdnr.state.mn.us/hunting.

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This section of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) crosses the Red River Valley, loops around through Fergus Falls, and then heads north through the scenic Leaf Hills. Two biomes come together here with the Tallgrass Prairie (mostly converted to agriculture) and the Hardwood Hills mixing. North of Fergus Falls, the NCT follows the glacial moraine - an area of rolling gravel hills interspersed with hundreds of lakes.

Off-road segments include:

* At the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, within Delagoon Park, along the Central Lakes Trail, within One Mile Prairie, and along the Otter Tail River within Fergus Falls
* Within Maplewood State Park

All the rest of this section is roadwalk. Learn more at facebook.com/groups/mwp.nct/.

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The mowed trails are well maintained and there are abundant views.
Sep 1, 2016 near Fergus…, MN
Looking to the north out over the rolling prairie and the pothole wetland.
Sep 1, 2016 near Fergus…, MN
Looking south toward the high point vista.
Sep 1, 2016 near Fergus…, MN

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