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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.

June 2015 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

June 25, 2015: Bredeson Park Hike (Edina)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From the Crosstown Highway (Hwy 62), west of Highway 100, exit on Tracy Avenue and proceed north a few blocks to Olinger Blvd. Take a left onto Olinger Blvd. and follow it around to the park entrance, which will be on the left. From Highway 100, exit at Vernon Avenue and go west about a mile to Olinger Blvd. Go south (left) on Olinger Blvd. and continue to the park entrance, which will be on the right.

July 2015 Hikes

July 2, 2015:
Sibley House Hike (Mendota)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Meet at the Mendota Trail parking lot ľ mile west of the Sibley House historic site in Mendota. Go south across the Mendota Bridge, then go east on Highway 110 to the North Highway 13 exit and go north on Highway 13 to Mendota. The bike trail parking lot where we will meet is midway between St. Peter's Catholic Church (to the west, with a tall steeple on the top of the hill) and the Sibley House historic site (east, towards the bottom of the hill, in the middle of "downtown" Mendota.)

NOTE: Do not try to come via Highway 13 from the east! Highway 13 is closed between I-35E and Mendota.

July 9, 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.

July 16, 2015 Thomas Lake Park Hike (Eagan)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: Thomas Lake Park is located just north of the corner of Cliff Road/County Highway 32 and Pilot Knob Road in Eagan. Take I-35E to Pilot Knob Road. Follow Pilot Knob Road south. The park entrance is just past the intersection of Wilderness Run Road and Pilot Knob Road, near Fire Station #3, on the west (right) side of Pilot Knob Road.

July 23, 2015 Hidden Falls Hike (St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: From I-94, on the western edge of St. Paul, take the Cretin/Vandalia exit and go south about 1.5 miles on Cretin Avenue to Randolph Avenue and turn west (right). Proceed on Randolph Avenue a few blocks to Mississippi River Boulevard and proceed south (left) on Mississippi River Boulevard under the Ford Avenue/46th Street Bridge, just past the Ford plant, to the park entrance, Hidden Falls Drive, just north of where Magoffin Avenue connects with the parkway. This is the north gate to the park. Take Hidden Falls Drive down the hill to the parking lot and meet by the picnic shelter, near the north east corner of the parking lot.

July 30, 2015 Lake Nokomis Hike (Minneapolis)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From Highway 62 (Crosstown), take Cedar Avenue (Highway 77) north, past the bridge over the west end of Lake Nokomis and meet in the parking lot of Berganís Supervalu, 4715 Cedar Avenue South, just north of the intersection with Minnehaha Parkway. We canít park in Berganís parking lot so please park on one of the adjacent side streets.

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: June 19, 2015.