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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.

April 2014 Hikes - Welcome Back Hikers!

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

April 3, 2014: Big Rivers Trail Hike (Northern Dakota County)

Hike Leader:Linda Quammen

Directions: Take I-35E from St. Paul across the Mississippi River and exit at Highway 13 (Sibley Memorial Highway). Take Highway 13 east (turn left) about 1/4 mile to the intersection with Lilydale Road and turn south (right) on Lilydale Road. Lilydale Road winds down a steep hill to the St. Paul Yacht Club. Park in the trail parking lot, located off of Lilydale Road, just south of the railroad underpass, before reaching the Yacht Club.

April 10, 2014: North Mississippi Regional Park Hike (Minneapolis)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Take I-94 north from downtown Minneapolis to the Dowling Ave exit and go east (right) a couple of blocks to Washington Ave North, then turn north (left). Proceed up North Washington Avenue about one-third mile to Soo Avenue, where Washington Avenue becomes 41st Avenue North. Follow Soo Avenue into the regional park and proceed on the winding road to the parking lot/boat landing area. We will meet at the parking lot.

April 17, 2014: Summit Avenue East End Hike (St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe

Directions: From I-94, take the Dale Street exit and go south about one-quarter mile on Dale Street to Summit Avenue. Turn east (left) on Summit Avenue and continue to the intersection with Selby Avenue, right by the St. Paul Cathedral, 225 Summit Avenue, and park on the street. We will meet on the front steps of the Cathedral.

April 24, 2014: Northern Bruce Vento/Northern BNSF Regional Trail Hike (Maplewood)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: Take I-94 to I-35E in downtown St. Paul and proceed north on I-35E to the Larpenteur Avenue/Wheelock Parkway exit. Proceed on the frontage road to Larpenteur Avenue, the second street connected to the exit off ramp, and turn east (right) on Larpenteur Avenue. Continue on Larpenteur Avenue to Parkway Drive (the third stop light after leaving the freeway) and then go northeast (left turn) on Parkway Drive. Parkway Drive becomes Frost Avenue after crossing Arcade Street/Highway 61 in Maplewood. Park at the Flicek Park parking lot, 1141 Frost Avenue, which is about 7/8ths of a mile from the junction of Highway 61 and Parkway Drive/Frost Avenue. Flicek Park is primarily a set of baseball fields with a parking lot and is located on the north side of Frost Avenue, just across from a pontoon boat sales room and a dog grooming facility.

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
St. Paul Hiking Club
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: March 28, 2014.