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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.


September 2016 Hikes

September 1, 2016: Harriet Island Hike (St. Paul)
Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From I-94 on the east side of downtown St. Paul, take the Highway 52/Lafayette freeway exit south and cross the Mississippi River on the Lafayette bridge to the Plato Boulevard exit. Go west on Plato Boulevard about 2/3rds mile to Wabasha Street and turn north (right). Proceed a short distance to Water Street and turn east (right) and then turn left onto Levee Road. Proceed on Levee Road under the Wabasha Street bridge. The parking lot is on the left.

September 8, 2016: Luce Line Trail Hike (Plymouth)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: The parking lot for the trail is located in Plymouth, off of 10th Ave. No. and Vicksburg Lane. Take I-494 to the Carlson Pkwy. Exit and go west on Carlson Pkwy. briefly, then turn right on Gleason Lake Rd. Continue on Gleason for a little more than a mile, and turn right on Vicksburg Lane. Continue on Vicksburg about mile. The entrance to the Luce Line is on the left, at 10th Ave. At the Cimmarron Ponds housing development, turn as if to go into the development, then veer to the left to the parking lot.

September 15, 2016: Normandale Lake Hike (Bloomington)
Hike Leader: Barb Clarke

Directions: Take I-494 and exit onto East Bush Lake Road. Go south on East Bush Lake Rd. then turn left (east) onto West 84th St., for about 2/10ths mile. Turn right into 5901 W. 84th St: the Normandale Bandshell. Meet in parking lot.

September 22, 2016: Centennial Lakes Park Hike (Edina)
Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: From Interstate 494 in Bloomington, exit onto France Ave. Go north on France Ave. and then turn right onto Parklawn Ave. Take the first left into the parking lot and park at the north end near the West Elm store.

September 29, 2016: Battle Creek Regional Park Hike (St. Paul)
Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Take I-94 to east of St. Paul, and take the McKnight Road exit south to North Park Drive. Turn west (right) onto North Park Drive and park on the street. The group will meet near the intersection of McKnight Road and North Park Drive.


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: August 31, 2016.