Join us for an invigorating weekend in Afton State Park's backpacking campground! This is an opportunity to enjoy the wilderness just an hour away from the Twin Cities and get some experience with backpack camping. The trek into camp is a short 1.25 miles and the camping area sits atop the bluffs overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River.
We will provide all of the equipment and food. There is ample firewood provided for those great nighttime campfires and a water spigot nearby.
It’s a true wilderness experience such a short distance from the city! There are many miles of beautiful hiking trails, places to explore along the bluffs and a swimming beach (a bit of a hike from the camping area though).
If you have thought about participating on one of our Colorado Adventures, this would be a good into to backpacking. We will be able to test out some equipment, learn what clothing works best and how to cook in the wilderness.
Wild Hearts provides all of the equipment, food and guides. We can provide transportation for up to 12 people from our van leaving from the Burnsville, Minnesota area to Afton State Park or you can meet us there.
You will only be responsible for your clothing and a few personal items.
Important stuff will show up here when needed and when available! Check back often if you are going on an adventure with us because there could be some really, super-important stuff here. No, really, it could be the kind of stuff that decides whether you have a great trip or not like... oh, a list of things to pack, for example. That could be crucial. Actually, there's no "could" in that... it's definitely crucial.
Mark Joined the team recently as a volunteer with the hopes of becoming a guide. He loves God, helping people, and being outdoors, so he is excited to combine these together.
Mark is married to his wife Krista, and they have 2 teenage boys. Mark loves to do anything that involves water, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping, even on the most frigid of winter days. He loves to get his family and his friends out into the wild to experience adventure.
I started Wild Hearts because of a longing to reach out to those who have struggled with substance abuse and other destructive life choices to help them rebuild relationships with their families and with God. My desire to do this through wilderness experiences comes from a life-long love of the outdoors nurtured by my parents’ many family camping and canoeing trips. I now share this passion with my wife of 40 years, Pam and our four children, Diana, Andy, Jake and Nikki. I am also blessed with 10 grandchildren that I can share the beauty of God’s creation with!
I am an experienced outdoorsman and have led numerous trips to the Rocky Mountains, the BWCA, St. Croix River, the Appalachian Trail and many of our state parks and forests. Along with wilderness adventures, I love kayaking, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, CrossFit workouts, watching movies and playing the occasional video game. I am also a commissioned pastor with Breakthrough Ministries.