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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.

December 2015 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

December 3, 2015: Hyland Lake Park Reserve/Hyland Lake (Bloomington)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: From Hwy.494 going west take E. Bush Lake Road exit. Continue south on this road for several miles as it bears sharply right up a hill, then past the entrance for Richardson Nature Center and sharply left after another mile. Soon after that on the left you'll see the large sign for Hyland Lake Park Reserve and its Visitor Center. Turn in and drive past the little "toll booth" into the parking lot closest to the Visitor Center. We will meet at the Visitor Center entrance.

December 10, 2015: West St. Paul Hike (West St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From Downtown St. Paul go south on Robert Street. Alternately, from I-494 go north on Hwy 52 and exit at Butler Avenue. Go left (west) on Butler Avenue to Robert Street. Once on Robert Street, go right (north) to a four way stop at Bernard Street and turn left (west). Keep going west to Salem Lutheran Church, 11 West Bernard Street, West St. Paul, between cross streets Humboldt Avenue and Hall Avenue. We will meet in the church parking lot.

December 17, 2015: 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.

December 24 & 31, 2015: No hike on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.

The hiking group will be on hiatus during January and February. See you in March!

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)

Local Weather and Related Information

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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
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: November 29, 2015.