“My legs climbed Mount Charity.” That’s the bumper sticker I would create after visiting John A. Latsch State Park. It’s only a half-mile up to the 450-foot summit, but the strenuous climb is ALL stairs. Talk about a gluteus-maximus workout!
Despite the park’s 1600 acres, the summit climb is its only trail (along with a picnic area and pit toilet). But it is worth visiting as the top of the bluff provides a long view of the Mississippi River Valley.
Though they weren’t kidding when they rated the trail as “difficult.” Yet Finley, at 6 years old, climbed it like a mountain goat, and we passed a 3-year-old who was tackling it on her own too. I, on the other hand, had to stop every 20 or 30 stairs to catch my breath.
This park was a quick visit. It made a great wayside rest while we drove along U.S. Highway 61 near Winona. Thus, the kiddos’ reports are short.
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley (6 years old)
- Pretending to be a dog.
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley (10 years old)
- Climbing the stairs. It was hard.
For more information, check out the John A. Latsch State Park website.
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