Join our friendly hikers for year-round adventures out in nature. Our region has many hidden gems to explore in all seasons and we want to show you the way. Trails will be in La Crescent and in the surrounding Driftless area. Hiking locations are announced a few days before each hike via email newsletter along with hiking tips and news. We’ll take time to enjoy our surroundings and learn from each other as we spot flora and fauna on the trails, so bring a camera and your sense of adventure. Your annual dues give you access to Driftless Drifter regular weekly and monthly hikes (listed below) as well as special “bonus” hikes scheduled at other times throughout the year. Monday Morning Ambles - Mondays, 10:30 am (Nov-March); 8:30 am (Apr-Oct) Hour-long, under 2-mile walks on flatter and sometimes paved, grassy or dirt trails at an easy pace to accommodate those who are rehabbing or who want to enjoy a more mellow hiking experience in nature. Yaktrax/microspikes and hiking sticks are highly recommended during winter. Tuesday Morning Hikes - Tuesdays, 10:30 am (Nov-March); 8:30 am (Apr-Oct) Hikes of 5 miles or less in length and 1.5-2.5 hours long with terrain varying between bluff hikes/ rock scrambling and some flatter trails – all beautiful. Sturdy shoes/boots, weather-appropriate clothing and water are required. Yaktrax/microspikes and hiking sticks are highly recommended during winter. Saturday Once-a-Month Hikes – Saturdays, 10:30 am Feb 18, March 25 and April 22 Just like the Tuesday hikes described above, these are perfect for working people!
Meet at the La Crescent Ice Arena for carpooling to trailhead 10:30 am
Cost: $14 annual membership (July- June) Class #:0368-10
Crack-o’ -Dawn Wildflower Hikes
Join members of the Driftless Drifters Hiking Club on spring Saturday mornings as we seek out, identify, and appreciate the many spring ephemerals that grace our state and city parks. The hikes will be 2-4 miles and 1.5-2.5 hours long, with terrain varying from narrow and steep to some flatter trails – all beautiful. We recommend good hiking boots/sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and tick repellent for these early spring jaunts.
April 29 – Meet at 7:30 am at Vetsch Park (722 N. 2nd St) - hike led by special guests Betsy Knowles and Ruth Nissen, compilers of the Vetsch Park and Stoney Point Wildflowers guide. May 6 - Beaver Creek Valley State Park - Meet at the La Crescent Ice Arena for carpooling at 7:30 am. May 13 - Great River Bluffs State Park - Meet at the La Crescent Ice Arena for carpooling at 7:30 am. Cost: $5 per person | Class #: 0368-15