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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.


July 2014 Hikes

For more information, click the link of each week's hike.

July 3, 2014: Calvary Cemetery Hike (St. Paul) New Hike!

Hike Leader:Betty Conley

Directions: From I-94 in St. Paul, take the Lexington exit and go north about 1.4 miles. Turn right on Orchard Avenue (it's 2 blocks north of Front Avenue) and go about .5 mile east to meeting site at the corner of Victoria Street and Orchard Avenue. (This is by the Orchard Recreation Center, at 875 Orchard Avenue.) Parking may be tight near our meeting corner if there are soccer games that night. It usually looks more open 1 block south or 1-2 blocks west of the Victoria/Orchard corner.

July 10, 2014: Central Park Hike (Roseville)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions From State Highway 36 (which is an east/west highway located due north of the St. Paul Midway district), take Lexington Avenue north approximately 1/4 mile to County Road B2. Turn east (right) on County Road B2 and proceed east mile to Victoria Street. Turn north (left) on Victoria Street and proceed mile to the park. There will be ball fields to the east (right) and a large parking lot to the west (left). We will meet in the large parking lot to the west.

July 17, 2014: 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 Cimarron Ponds housing development, turn as if to go into the development, then veer to the left to the parking lot. The trail head is at the end of Lyndale Ave. on the north side of the Minnesota River. From I-35W, exit onto 106th Street, and drive east. Turn right at Lyndale Ave. The parking lot is at the end of the road, near the boat ramp. We will be hiking northeast from the parking lot instead of towards Nine Mile Creek.

July 24, 2014: Thomas Lake Park Hike (Eagan)

Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Directions: Thomas Lake Park is located just north of the corner of Cliff Road/County Highway 32 and Pilot Knob Road in Eagan. Take I-35E to Pilot Knob Road. Follow Pilot Knob Road south. The park entrance is just past the intersection of Wilderness Run Road and Pilot Knob Road, near Fire Station #3, on the west (right) side of Pilot Knob Road.

July 31, 2014: 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)

Thursday Night Hikes hike directory (seasonal)

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Links to Other Outdoor Activities

Minnesota Rovers
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Superior Hiking Trail Association
Hiking Primer
Twin City mountain bike trails
North Country Trail Organization
Kekekabic Trail Organization
Collection of Twin City Architecture and Walking Tour Sites
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: June 30, 2014.