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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.


October 2016 Hikes

October 27, 2016: Crosby Lake Hike (St. Paul)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Crosby Regional Park is just east, across the Mississippi River, from historic Fort Snelling and the Airport. From the Fort Snelling area, go east on Highway 5 /West Seventh St /Fort Road over the Mississippi River. Immediately after the bridge, take the Shepard Road/Edgecumb Road exit. Follow the signs to Shepard Road and at the intersection with Shepard Road, turn east (left). The entrance to the Crosby Farm Regional Park is a few hundred feet further, on the south (right) side of Shepard Road. Follow the park road east down the bluff, past the Watergate Marina area, to the first parking lot in the park, by the park picnic shelter. (If that first parking lot is full, continue 1/8th of a mile east past the picnic shelter to the next parking lot.) We will meet in the parking lot by the picnic shelter.

November 2016 Hikes

November 3, 2016: Thomas Lake Park Hike (Eagan)
Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: Take I-35E south to Pilot Knob Road exit. At Pilot Knob Road turn south (right) then continue just past the intersection with Wilderness Run Road near Fire Station #3. Thomas Lake Park entrance is on the right side. Meet in the parking lot.

November 10, 2016: Edgecumbe Parkway Hike (St. Paul)
Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From the Fort Snelling area, take Highway 5 east and cross the Mississippi River. Immediately across the river, take the Edgecumbe Road exit (right exit) and follow the Edgecumbe Road signs on the left side of a "Y". If you reach Shepard Road, you went the wrong way at the "Y". Take Edgecumbe Road/Fairview Avenue north, across St. Paul Avenue, and up a sizable hill. Towards the top of the hill, just before where Edgecumbe Road turns east (right), Hampshire Avenue intersects from the west (left). Turn west (left) onto Hampshire Avenue and park along the street. The hiking group will meet near the corner of Hampshire Avenue and Fairview Avenue.

November 17, 2016: Minnehaha Park/Fort Snelling Hike (South Minneapolis)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: From Hiawatha Avenue/MN Highway 55, south of downtown Minneapolis, proceed to 46th Street and turn east and immediately past the Holiday Gas Station, turn south onto the strip mall access road. Continue along the strip mall access road to the south end of the mall. The group will meet in the vicinity of the Pet Supplies Plus storefront. The trail to Minnehaha Park is about block south.

November 24, 2016: No hike on Thanksgiving.


These Walk On The Wild Side: Thursday Night Hikes are also listed on MEET UP at

Twin Cities Indoor/Outdoor Sports & Recreation Meet Up Group.


The hiking group will on hiatus during December, January and February. See you in March!


Listing of Hikes

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


Last Updated: October 23, 2016.