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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.


August 2016 Hikes

August 4, 2016: Snail Lake Park Hike (Shoreview)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Join the hiking group for a hike through the varied parkland bordering Snail Lake Park in northern Ramsey County.

Directions: Take I-35 E or I-35W to I-694 north of St. Paul to the Victoria Street exit. Proceed north on Victoria Street approximately 1/2 mile to 4191 Snail Lake Boulevard and turn east (right.). Proceed on Snail Lake Boulevard to Snail Lake Park, on the north side of the road. Meet in the parking lot of Snail Lake Park.

August 11, 2016: SW Hennepin County Regional LRT Trail Hike (Hopkins)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: From Highway 169 in the western suburbs, take the Excelsior Boulevard exit and proceed west to 8th Avenue. Park at the "Park-n-Ride" parking lot at 8th Avenue and Excelsior Boulevard. We will meet at the parking lot and walk the trail to the west.

August 18, 2016: Lebanon Hills Park/Voyagers Trail Hike (Eagan)
Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: Take I-35E to Cliff Road in Eagan, then proceed East on Cliff Road 3.6 miles to the Schulze Lake Trailhead, 832 Cliff Road.

August 25, 2016: Bass Ponds Hike (Bloomington)
Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: Go south on Highway 77/Cedar Avenue to the Old Shakopee Road exit and proceed east and north on Old Shakopee Road about 4/10ths of a mile to East 86th Street. Turn east on East 86th Street. East 86th Street is the connection for two parking lots for Cypress Semiconductor. Between the north Cypress Semiconductor parking lot and the larger south lot, off of East 86th Street, is the access road to the Bass Ponds Environmental Learning area parking lot. Watch carefully for the access road. The access road is marked by two small "Bass Ponds" signs. Meet in the Bass Ponds Environmental Learning area parking lot.


These Walk On The Wild Side: Thursday Night Hikes are 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)


Last Updated: July 31, 2016.