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 2016 Hikes
June 30, 2016: Lebanon Hills: Jensen Lake Hike (Eagan)
Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Directions: Take I-35E to Eagan and exit on Cliff Road. Proceed east on Cliff Road 1½ 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.
July 2016 Hikes
July 7, 2016: Boom Island/Nicollet Island Hike (Minneapolis) )
Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe
Directions: From downtown Minneapolis, take Washington Avenue north to Plymouth Avenue and take a right. Go across the river on the Plymouth Avenue Bridge to Boom Island Park. Park either in the Boom Island Park parking lot (a Minneapolis Park Board pay parking lot) or park for free on the street across Plymouth Avenue from the park on nearby Sibley Street Northeast or on nearby Ramsey Street Northeast.
July 14, 2016: Sibley House Hike (Mendota)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Directions: Meet at the Mendota Trail parking lot ¼ 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.)
July 21, 2016: Wood Lake Hike (Richfield)
Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
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.
July 28, 2016: Lake Cornelia Hike (Edina)
Hike Leader: Barb Clarke
Directions: Take the Crosstown Highway (Hwy 62) and exit at France Ave. Go south to 66th street, turn right. Go one block and just after crossing Valley View Road enter the park on your right hand side. The park is at 4300 West 66th St.
Listing of Hikes
Thursday Night Hikes hike directory (alphabetic)
Thursday Night Hikes hike directory (geographical)
Last Updated: July 20, 2016.