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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 .

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


April 2015 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

April 2, 2015: North Mississippi Regional Park Hike (Minneapolis)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Take I-94 north from downtown Minneapolis to the Dowling Ave exit and go east (right) a couple of blocks to Washington Ave North, then turn north (left). Proceed up North Washington Avenue about one-third mile to Soo Avenue, where Washington Avenue becomes 41st Avenue North. Follow Soo Avenue into the regional park and proceed on the winding road to the parking lot/boat landing area. We will meet at the parking lot.

April 9, 2015: Summit Avenue East End Hike (St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From I-94, take the Dale Street exit and go south about one-quarter mile on Dale Street to Summit Avenue. Turn east (left) on Summit Avenue and continue to the intersection with Selby Avenue, right by the St. Paul Cathedral, 225 Summit Avenue, and park on the street. We will meet on the front steps of the Cathedral.

April 16, 2015 Rice Creek Regional Park Hike (Fridley)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: From I-694, take the University Avenue exit and proceed north on University Avenue approximately 1.75 miles to the former Columbia Ice Arena parking lot (7011 University Avenue NE, Fridley). Either turn east on 69th Avenue and use the frontage road on the east side of University Avenue to the south edge of the arena or turn east on 73rd Avenue and use the frontage road on the east side of University Avenue to the north edge of the arena.

The group will meet along the southern edge of the former Columbia Ice Arena parking lot by the Locke Park paved trail.

April 23, 2015 (Como Park Hike (St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: From I-94 in the Midway area of St. Paul, take the Lexington Avenue exit and proceed north on Lexington Avenue approximately 1.25 miles, past University Avenue, past Minnehaha Avenue, over the first railroad bridge, and under the second railroad bridge, to Como Park. Lexington Avenue winds through Como Park and will bend around the northern end of Como Lake.

There are two parking lots for the Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, one south and west of the pavilion near the fountain roundabout and one east and slightly north of the pavilion, closer to the golfing clubhouse. Park in either parking lot and meet in front of the pavilion.

April 30, 2015 (Langford Park Hike (St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Barb Clarke

Directions: From Hwy 280 exit on Energy Park Drive and go east to Raymond. Take a left on Raymond followed by a left on Blake, and then a left on Langford. Park along the park or surrounding streets. We’ll meet at the southern end of the park.


Listing of Hikes

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

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Links to Other Outdoor Activities

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Last Updated: March 26, 2015.