Experience all of the joys and none of the discomforts of winter’s splendor in Minnesota! Cross-country ski, snowshoe, or engage in other winter activities where the snow lies deep and tall pines frame the horizon. Get a taste of winter outdoor activities by day, and enjoy the comfort of a beautiful lodge at night. Spend your evening talking with new friends, playing board games, and relaxing by the fireplace.
Dates & Fees
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: This rustic learning center is situated within beautiful Baker Park Reserve. The Settlement features eight cabins, an expansive lodge, miles of trails, many natural habitats, nature and outdoor recreation classes, and hands-on activities for all ages.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will use cross-country skis, snowshoes, and pulk sleds. (Pulks are one-person sleds used for transportation. The sleds are pulled by a person). An average day consists of 2-6 hours of activity, depending on weather conditions. Travel distances vary from 2-5 miles per day.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: No previous experience is needed to complete this trip.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the winter months range from -40 F to +40 F. With proper gear and clothing, you can stay very comfortable.
LODGING/ACCOMMODATIONS: Each cabin has bunk beds, a wood stove, and a nearby outhouse. There is also a large group lodge that has flush toilets and a commercial kitchen for cooking.
GROUP SIZE: The group size ranges from 15 to 25 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various backgrounds, ages, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. Wilderness Inquiry staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can.
MEALS: Enjoy preparing meals together using fresh, healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast and pack trail lunches with hearty snacks before heading off to explore. In the evening, we’ll prepare our dinner together over stoves and campfires and then finish with s’mores. If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.
COVID POLICY: We continue to monitor and update our COVID-19 policies. Wilderness Inquiry strongly encourages everyone to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination and take other necessary steps for the health and wellness of all. We ask you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness. We will also continue to follow all guidance and requirements of locations that we travel, keeping in mind some international destinations do require vaccinations and/or negative covid tests. We will update this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: Though not required, some individuals may choose to wear a mask, and we expect all participants to respect this choice. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals who become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during a Wilderness Inquiry experience will be isolated to the best of the group’s ability and are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip.Read more »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Baker Near Wilderness Settlement at 2:00 PM (local time)
End: Baker Near Wilderness Settlement at 11:00 AM (local time)
This trip officially begins in the early afternoon at Baker Near Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain, MN, 30 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. You can use your own transportation or take WI’s van transportation from Minneapolis. Detailed meeting place instructions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip.