WELCOME to Thursday Night Hikes! 

Happy Winter! Thursday Night Hikers are a diverse gathering of people interested in enjoying the many outdoor spaces of the Twin Cities. Hikes are held most Thursday nights, 7 pm to approximately 8:30 pm, from March through late November.

That’s right, the group is currently on hiatus. Of course, most of us are still out there hiking around the Twin Cities, staying in condition for a new season of group hikes beginning March 2018. Join us then!

Check below for new hikes added each month. Then, join us — there are no fees or reservations — just show up at the evening’s location. Hikes are moderately paced and typically cover about four miles. (We hike in all types of weather unless it becomes severe.)

November 2017 Hikes


November 2, 2017: Jensen Lake in Lebanon Hills Regional Park Hike (Eagan)) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen

Jensen Lake Black Eyed SusansJoin us for a hike on the paths and boardwalks of beautiful Jensen Lake in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Jensen Lake, the largest lake in Eagan at 55 acres, is only 6.5 feet deep. Bullheads are among the lake’s fish. Eagles are frequently seen in the trees near shore watching for a meal.

Directions: Take I-35E to Eagan and exit onto Cliff Road. Proceed east on Cliff Road 1½ mile to Pilot Knob Road. Turn south onto Pilot Knob Road and drive 7/10ths of a mile to Carriage Hills Drive. Turn east onto Carriage Hills Drive then turn right immediately into the first parking lot, where the group will meet.

November 9, 2017: Trout Brook Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Join the group for a hike along the Trout Brook hiking/biking trail in St. Paul, another “rails to trails” development.

Trout BrookTrout Brook, the outlet of McCarron Lake, flows through St. Paul. It was named after Edmund Rice’s Trout Brook Estate, which was sold to the Northern Pacific in 1883. Edmund Rice was president of the Minnesota & Pacific RailRoad and of the St. Paul & Pacific RailRoad from 1857 to 1872.

Directions: Take I-35E north out of downtown St. Paul to the Maryland Avenue exit. Go west (left) on Maryland about 1/2 mile to Jackson Street and turn north (right) on Jackson Street. Proceed on Jackson Street approximately 1/2 mile to Arlington Avenue. Turn west (left) on Arlington and go about 1/8th mile and park at the U. S. Post Office Rice Street Station, 40 Arlington Avenue East, parking lot, on the south side of the street.

November 16, 2017: Minnehaha Creek West Hike (South Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Join us for a hike up along the scenic western portion of Minnehaha Creek from Lynnhurst Park in south Minneapolis.

minnehaha creekMinnehaha Creek is the only outlet of Lake Minnetonka. The creek winds 22 miles from Gray’s Bay on the eastern edge of Lake Minnetonka to the Minnehaha Falls and the Mississippi River. The Dakota name for Minnehaha Creek is “Wakpa Cistinna”, meaning “little river.”

Directions: Take I-35W South out of downtown Minneapolis to the West 46th Street exit. Proceed west (right) on West 46th Street ten blocks to Lyndale Avenue and turn south (left) and go four blocks to West 50th Street. Proceed west eight blocks on West 50th Street to the Lynnhurst Park parking lot, just north of the Lynnhurst Community Center, and just west of where Minnehaha Parkway, Humboldt Avenue South and West 50th Street come together.

November 23, 2017: No Hike – End of Season. 

Join us again for hikes beginning March 2018!

These Thursday Night Hikes are also usually listed on MEET UP sites 
Twin Cities Hiking and
Twin Cities Indoor/Outdoor Sports & Recreation