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Walk on the Wild Side: Thursday Night Hikes

Interested hikers and walkers are invited to join the Walk on the Wild Side Thursday Night hikers, an aggregation of hiking enthusiasts from the Minnesota Rovers, the North Star Ski Touring Club, the Sierra Club, and others, for an evening of hiking, conversation, and conviviality.

The group schedules hikes Thursday nights March through December, rain or shine/hot or cold. The hikes are open to any interested hiker or walker. Hikes begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at approximately 8:30 PM. There is no cost to participate. Hikes are moderately paced and typically cover about four miles. If you have questions, email Chris Olson .

Past articles mentioning the group that may be of interest can be found at
The Line and Star Tribune.


May 2015 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

May 7, 2015: Minnetonka Singing Frog Hike (Minnetonka)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: From I-494, go west on Minnetonka Blvd, approximately 1/2 mile, to Williston Road, and turn right. There are three parking lots in or adjoining the complex, with one on the east (right) side of Williston Road almost immediately after making the turn from Minnetonka Boulevard, which is the parking lot for the Civic Center, a parking lot a bit farther north on Williston Road, again on the east (right) side, for the Ice Arena, and a third, on the west (left) side, midway between the other two parking lots, for a church school/Seventh Day Adventist Church. Because the Civic center/Ice arena complex frequently is heavily used, parking can be problematic. If parking is available, the group should park in the parking lot of the Minnetonka Ice Arena (3401 Williston Road) and City Hall. If the complex is very busy, the group should park in the church school parking lot. Meet by the parking lot entrance from Williston Road.

May 14, 2015: Arden Hills/Twin City Arsenal Hike (Arden Hills)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: The group will meet at the County Road I parking lot of the Rice Creek trail, east of I-35W. Take I-35W North from Minneapolis, exit on County Road I, and go East (right.) The parking lot is about 1/4 mile East of I-35W and is on the North side of the road.

May 21, 2015: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Hike (Minneapolis)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: Take I-394 West and exit at Penn Avenue, then go south to the Frontage Road. Proceed west and turn north (right) on Theodore Wirth Parkway. Proceed north to Glenwood Ave. Turn right onto Glenwood, then turn left into the Wirth Beach parking lot. We will meet at the Wirth Beach pavilion and walk the path to the wildflower garden's back gate.

May 28, 2015: Central Park Hike (Roseville)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From State Highway 36 (which is an east/west highway located due north of the St. Paul Midway district), take Lexington Avenue north approximately 1/4 mile to County Road B2. Turn east (right) on County Road B2 and proceed east mile to Victoria Street. Turn north (left) on Victoria Street and proceed mile to the park. There will be ball fields to the east (right) and a large parking lot to the west (left). We will meet in the large parking lot to the west.


These hikes are now also listed on Meet Up at Twin Cities Indoor/Outdoor Sports & Recreation Meet Up Group.


Listing of Hikes

Thursday Night Hikes hike directory (alphabetic)
Thursday Night Hikes hike directory (geographical)

Local Weather and Related Information

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Links to Other Outdoor Activities

Minnesota Rovers
St. Paul Hiking Club
Superior Hiking Trail Association
Hiking Primer
Twin City mountain bike trails
North Country Trail Organization
Kekekabic Trail Organization
Collection of Twin City Architecture and Walking Tour Sites
Anoka County Regional Parks
Carver County Parks
Dakota County Parks
Suburban Hennepin County (Three Rivers Park District) Parks
Ramsey County Parks
Scott County (Three Rivers Park District) Parks
Washington County Parks


Last Updated: May 3, 2015.