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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.


October 2014 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

October 2, 2014: South St. Paul Riverfront Trail Hike (South St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Barb Clarke

Directions: From I-94 towards the east end of downtown St. Paul, take the Highway 52 (old Highway 3)/Lafayette Freeway exit south and cross the Mississippi River to the south side of the Mississippi River. Take the Concord Street/Highway 56 exit and proceed south on Concord Street/Highway 56 to the north end of South St. Paul. The trailhead is located about 100 yards south of the intersection with Butler Avenue, on the west side (right) of Concord Street, underneath the pedestrian bridge spanning Concord Avenue and the adjoining rail yard.
UPDATE due to construction: From eastbound 94, exit at the 7th Street exit and turn left (east on 7th.) Get into the right lane on E. 7th and go about 1/3 mile to the stoplight at the intersection of E. 7th St. and Lafayette Rd. Turn right onto the hwy 52 bridge and exit at Concord St. The bridge is open to traffic, but the exit ramp from 94 is closed.

October 9, 2014: Cedar Lake Hike (Minneapolis)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Take I-394 to the Penn Avenue exit and go north on Penn Avenue about 100 feet to immediate first right turn, 8th Avenue SE. Turn right and park on the street as soon as you can see Bryn Mawr Park. (If you miss the first turn, the second right turn, on Mount View Avenue, also works, with a right turn on Oliver Avenue South to come back to the park.) Meet by the first ball field in Bryn Mawr Park.

October 16, 2014: Hyland Lake Park Reserve/Hyland Lake (Bloomington) New Hike!

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: From Hwy.494 take E. Bush Lake Road exit. Continue on this road for several miles as it bears sharply right up a hill, then past the entrance for Richardson Nature Center and sharply left after another mile. Soon after this you'll see the large sign on the left for the Hyland Lake Park Reserve and it's Visitor Center. Turn in and drive past the little "toll booth" into the parking lot closest to the Visitor Center. We will meet in front of the Visitor Center entrance.

October 23, 2014: 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.

October 30, 2014: Crosby Lake (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 over the Highway 5/West Seventh St/Fort Road bridge over the Mississippi River. Immediately across 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.


Listing of Hikes

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

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Last Updated: October 1, 2014.