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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.


December 2014 Hikes

Click each hike's name for more information.

December 4, 2014: Midsection Gateway Trail Hike (Maplewood/North St. Paul)

Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Directions: From Highway 36 east of I-35E, take the White Bear Avenue exit and go south on White Bear Avenue a few blocks to the Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave, just south of the intersection of County Road B. The Community Center is on the east side of the road and has a large parking lot with several entrances. If you are going south on White Bear Avenue and pass under the large walk bridge, you have gone too far. Meet at the south end of the Community Center parking lot.

December 11, 2014: 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 west on Butler Avenue to Robert Street. Once on Robert Street, go to Bernard Street and turn 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 18, 2014: 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 25, 2014: No hike Christmas Day

The club is on hiatus during January and February. Please join us again in March!


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: December 1, 2014.