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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.


August 2014 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

August 7, 2014: Lake Nokomis Hike (Minneapolis)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From Highway 62 (Crosstown), take Cedar Avenue (Highway 77) north, past the bridge over the west end of Lake Nokomis and meet in the parking lot of Berganís Supervalu, 4715 Cedar Avenue South, just north of the intersection with Minnehaha Parkway. We canít park in Berganís parking lot so please park on one of the adjacent side streets.

August 14 2014: Centennial Lakes Park Hike (Edina)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions From Interstate 494 in Bloomington, exit onto France Ave. Go north on France Ave. a bit, passing W. 76th St., then turning right onto the next street, Plaza Drive. Park in any space and meet outside the park pavilion (Centrum Building) by the fountains at the end of Plaza Drive.

After the hike we can walk 2 minutes to Cherry Berry frozen yogurt (7509 France Ave. S.), near Chuck E. Cheese off Plaza Drive, for a cold taste treat. Some of us may stay for the free movie (The Hobbit 2) in the park's amphitheater.

August 21, 2014: Snail Lake Park Hike (Shoreview)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

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 28, 2014: Sibley House Hike (Mendota)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Meet at the Mendota Trail parking lot ľ 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.)


Listing of Hikes

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

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Links to Other Outdoor Activities

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Last Updated: July 27, 2014.