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Inspiration Peak, Minnesota

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#88 of 142 in Nature in Minnesota
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 Minn...  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 all.  more »
  • Plenty of room to park, and get out and hike a 1/4 mile 400 ft. up to the top. Very nice views from the top! Looks especially great in the fall, when the leaves are changing colors.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Walk to top for good view, food available during summer and some weekend s
  • Sinclair Lewis was inspired by this place and drew creative energy from an outcropping of elevation in a sea of flat prairie.
  • Great view from the peak nice place to take a family to experience nature.
  • Beautiful hike up to the top. It is a bit steep in some areas, so make sure you have good shoes on.
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