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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.


September 2014 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

September 4, 2014: Jensen Lake/Lebanon Hills Regional Park 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 and proceed to the trailhead at 1350 Carriage Hills Drive.

September 11, 2014: Battle Creek Park, South End (St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson:

Directions From I-94 east of downtown St. Paul, take the Highway 61/Highway 10 exit south and proceed south to Lower Afton Road/County Highway 39. From Lower Afton Road, turn northwest (left) onto Point Douglas Road, which is a dead end street and which will lead to the parking lot for the lower portion of the park.

September 18, 2014: Nine Mile Creek Hike (Bloomington)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: Take I-35W south from downtown Minneapolis to the West 106th Street exit in Bloomington, exit and go west (right) on West 106th Street to Morgan Avenue South and turn north. Continue on Morgan Avenue South to West 104th Street and Moir Park. The group will meet in the parking lot of Moir Park.

September 25, 2014: Rice Marsh Lake Park 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.


Listing of Hikes

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

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Last Updated: August 30, 2014.