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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.

September 2015 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

September 3, 2015 : Luce Line Trail Hike (Plymouth)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: The parking lot for the trail is located in Plymouth, off of 10th Ave. No. and Vicksburg Lane. Take I-494 to the Carlson Pkwy. Exit and go west on Carlson Pkwy. briefly, then turn right on Gleason Lake Rd. Continue on Gleason for a little more than a mile, and turn right on Vicksburg Lane. Continue on Vicksburg about mile. The entrance to the Luce Line is on the left, at 10th Ave. At the Cimarron Ponds housing development, turn as if to go into the development, then veer to the left to the parking lot.

September 10, 2015: Wood Lake Hike (Richfield)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: Take County Highway 62, exit on Lyndale Avenue, and go south on Lyndale Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, which is the first left turn after the intersection with West 66th Street. Turn West (left) on Lake Shore Drive and proceed about 400 feet to the Nature Center (at 735 West Lake Shore Drive) on the south side of the road. Meet in the parking lot by the main entrance to the Nature Center.

September 17, 2015: Jensen Lake/Lebanon Hills Hike (Eagan)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: Take I-35E to Eagan and exit on Cliff Road. Proceed east on Cliff Road 1 mile to Pilot Knob Road. Turn south on Pilot Knob Road and proceed 7/10ths of a mile to Carriage Hills Drive. Turn east on Carriage Hills Drive then turn right immediately into the first parking lot, where the group will meet.

September 24, 2015: Rice Marsh Lake Hike (Eden Prairie/Chanhassen)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Go west on I-494 to Highway 5. Continue west on Highway 5 to Dell Road, about 8/10ths of a mile west of Eden Prairie Road. Go south on Dell Road about 6/10ths of a mile to Rice March Lake Park, just south of the intersection with Erin Bay/Cascade Drive. Meet in the parking lot.

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)

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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: August 30, 2015.