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Inspiration Peak, Vining

#100 of 141 in Nature in Minnesota
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Inspiration Peak is the highest peak of the Leaf Hills Moraines and of Otter Tail County in the U.S. State of Minnesota. It is 22 miles (36 km) northwest of Alexandria. The peak rises about 400 feet (122 m) above the surrounding plains, to an elevation of about 1750 feet (533 m) above sea level. It is the central feature of Inspiration Peak State Wayside Park, a small park maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which manages it from nearby Lake Carlos State Park. The wayside has a paved parking lot and a picnic area. The hike to the top is a short but strenuous walk up a well-worn trail from the parking lot.
The conical-shaped hill is a kame formed atop the Alexandria Moraine, a terminal moraine left by the Wadena and Des Moines lobes of the Wisconsonian glaciation. It is on the boundary between the deciduous forest to the east and prairie to the west. In fact both biomes are present on the hill; its foot is covered with a predominantly oak forest, while its open upper reaches have prairie species such as pasqueflower, blazing star, asters, and goldenrod.
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  • A great little adventure if you are in the Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Battle Lake ares. There is a cozy restaurant near the base of this small climb that is open during the weekends in summer. For...  more »
  • Great outdoor activity for anytime but especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves turn. It is a beginner to mid level hike and at times is a little intense. It is a fun outdoor activity for...  more »
  • Great views. Challenging hill to climb to the top to see Minnesota's highest point. Fantastic photo op with the Fall colors. Caution, you should be at least active to take on the long steep hill. Bring the kids and food, do some grilling. Plenty of room to play frisbie or run around. There is 1 outhouse, but that is about it for service.
  • Great views and one of the best views in the area. Not much to do, but hike to the top though. Won't keep you busy for less than an hour.

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