Sugarloaf to Garvin Heights Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Sugarloaf to Garvin Heights Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winona, Minnesota that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.0 miles
659 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


over grown

20 days ago

Great little trail!

rock climbing
1 month ago

Sugarloaf is a nice, short hike up, though with a heavy backpack it can become much tougher. Since they moved the trail, however, it’s less sandy and the dirt is packed to make a fairly easy hike. When you reach the top, the view of Winona is really something to see, especially when you look up and down the river valley.

We like to go climbing there in order to introduce beginners to outdoor rock climbing. There are a few non-technical routes with bolts and chains. However, you will have to lead up to the top-set, and although the lead isn’t difficult, you will definitely want someone experienced to climb with you.

1 month ago

Catch this trail from the Edina Realty Building (parking on the road) the trail goes to Sugar Loaf, but the Sugar Loaf to Garvin trail actually goes to the right. It's not well traveled and is a bit sketchy in some areas, but still a great hike. It ends in a neighborhood where you walk on the road to Garvin Heights lookout, where you can take the trail (stairs) to the bottom of Garvin then walking on road back to your car, or hiking back the way you came. Part of the trail goes through an old quarry that has some bouldering. The view from Garvin Heights is amazing!!!!

2 months ago

Always the best hiking for visitors with a few varieties ranging from easy to hard depending on which way you go up because well, it's sugar loaf. also fun to climb up the actual rock itself, but probably better if you go with a repelling group because it's so much faster and safer.

4 months ago

Great hike, and nice views. I went on a beautiful day, and once the trail split from going to Sugarloaf to going to Garvin Heights I didn't see one person. I must say this has to be updated a bit, as you no longer can head to Sugarloaf from the back side.

10 months ago

Short hike with a great view. Rope climbing at the top if that is your thing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Be ready for a fun hike! We usually start at the base of Sugar Loaf, hike up to Sugar Loaf (climb as far as we can up the actual rock, but be careful. People have died by falling), then continuing towards Garvin Heights Road. It definitely takes more than an hour if you want to take your time with photos and exploring. There are a few forks in the trail, but just note that some of the trails on the southern side lead into people's backyards. There is a fantastic plateau where you can see Sugar Loaf perfectly and is a great spot for watching the sunrise!

3 months ago

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