Hike Barn Bluff

Barn Bluff - Search Nearby - Added by Dan Mirocha

Enjoy beautiful views of Red Wing, Minnesota, the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin on this dog-friendly hike. Once you're all finished up, head to nearby downtown Red Wing for a bite and a beer.

Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minn., is an enjoyable and easily-accessible hike. Even at a slow pace, it takes just 30-45 minutes to reach the peak.

There is ample parking on 5th Street near the Barn Bluff sign. Take the stairs to the trail head. From there, you'll have a few trail options:

1) South Trail: This is the easiest, most efficient way to reach the summit. The South Trail runs along the southern edge of Barn Bluff and moderately inclines for about a half-mile until reaching a staircase. Take the stairs to the top where you'll find a sign for the Prairie Trail, which leads to East and West Overlooks.

2) Prairie Trail: Once you reach the top of Barn Bluff, this trail connects the East and West Overlook. Keep an eye out for bald eagles soaring over the Mississippi River and surrounding river bluffs.

3) The Quarry Trail: This trail begins at the park entrance and meanders through dense foliage. It leads to a small rock climbing area. This trail does not lead to the peak.

4) The North Trail: Much more steep, narrow and wooded, the North Trail leads to the West Overlook. It has remained closed since 2013 after a jogger died following a 200-foot fall. There are signs and barricades now at the North Trail head. In April 2015, a man who climbed past the barricades in order to hike the North Trail also fell to his death.

Click here for a trail map.

Distance

2.05 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

340 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Lisa Groene

about 3 years ago

Great views!

Great views of the city and the river!

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