Frozen Minnehaha Falls (again)

Back in January of 2011, I posted a picture of my wife and me standing back behind the frozen Minnehaha Falls. I think I’ve been back nearly every year, but I haven’t always taken pictures. Since the purpose of this blog is pretty much just to prove to everyone (but mostly myself) that my ass does actually leave the couch once in a while, I figured an update was in order.

The falls weren’t as spectacular as they’ve been in years past, but the trademark glowing blue ice forms didn’t disappoint.

Frozen Minnehaha Falls

Frozen Minnehaha Falls, January 2014

Behind frozen Minnehaha Falls

Behind frozen Minnehaha Falls

If you’ve never been to Minnehaha Falls in the winter, you should definitely check it out.

Minnehaha Falls New Boardwalk

Minnehaha Falls is flowing pretty good for the late summer.

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Minnehaha Falls

Have y’all seen the new metal boardwalk along the trail from the falls down to the Mississippi? What do you think?

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New Boardwalk

I think they’re way better than the old wood ones. Mel tells me this isn’t news because they’ve been in place for months now. She wants to know where the heck I’ve been.

Skiing Minnehaha Park

Have y’all ever been skiing along Minnehaha Creek below the falls?  Turns out, it’s a really great place to ski. No matter how many times it happens, I’m always amazed at how the Minneapolis Parks can make me feel like I’m in the middle of the wilderness while I’m still right in the middle of the city.  I love this City!

Also, I take lousy photos at night….

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Minnehaha Park at Night

Fort Snelling State Trail

Mel and I went skiing last weekend on the Fort Snelling State Trail near Minnehaha Falls.  It always amazes us how the parks in Minneapolis have a way of making you feel like you’re in the middle of the wilderness even though you’re right in the middle of the Metro Area.  This trail is a great place to go skiing in the winter.

Coldwater Springs

Mel and I visited Coldwater Springs near Minnehaha Falls for the first time last weekend.  It’s pretty neat back there. The spring is surrounded by a bunch of buildings abandoned by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Mines. Neat, huh?

Ever been back there before? If not, you should check it out. The neat thing is that the water is always warm enough that it doesn’t freeze in the winter.

Frozen Minnehaha Falls

A while back, I saw this post on the North of MPLS tumblr, and after I saw the photo, I agreed entirely with the title of the post:

I can’t believe I’ve never done this before.

Turns out, when Minnehaha Falls freezes in the winter, you can climb up and stand behind the frozen falls.  It’s incredible.  The falls are still flowing a little, so there’s still running water, but it freezes into giant columns of beautiful ice.

The most interesting part was how relatively warm it was behind the falls.  It felt a good 10 degrees warmer behind the frozen ice falls than everywhere else.

Here’s some photos:

UPDATE: Bill’s feelings were hurt that I didn’t link to his photos, too, so… Bill went to the falls like a year ago.  He owns me because he was there first.