Three New Hikes for the Lusty Month of May

Come hike with us as we sing with the frogs, tiptoe through the Twin Cities Ammunition Plant land and explore along the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. After all, it is May, the month “when everyone throws self-control away” (as Guinevere warbled in Camelot)!

May 10, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Battle Creek Singing Frogs Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Julia Dady   

This is prime season to hear the wonderful spring frog choruses! Come with us for a hike in Battle Creek Regional Park – East End. frog and Butterfly(Note: This is a different location than other Battle Creek hikes).There are several ponds and vernal pools in this section of the park, making ideal frog habitat!

Directions: From I-94, take the McKnight Rd S. – South exit. Go south to Upper Afton Rd (4-way stop). Turn left (east) on Upper Afton Rd. to the park entrance on the left. (Note: This is the waterpark side – not the dog park, which is a right turn on the south side). This parking lot has a gate but is open until half an hour past sunset (8:29 on May 10), so we should be okay! Meet near the southwest corner of parking area.

May 17, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Arden Hills/Twin Cities Arsenal Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson 

Let’s hike in Arden Hills on a portion of the North Rice Creek Trail through the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant/Arsenal area.

Checking ammunition cartridgesThe Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) was built as a self-contained community in 1941/1942 on four square miles of farmland to support the national defense. During World War II, the plant produced more than 4 billion rounds of ammunition and more than 10 billion rounds of ammunition for the Vietnam War.

Directions: The group will meet at the County Road I parking lot of the Rice Creek trail, east of I-35W. Take I-35W North from Minneapolis, exit on County Road I, and go East (right). The parking lot is about 1/4 mile East of I-35W on the North side of the road.

May 24, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Snelling Lake Hike (Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson   

Join the group for a hike around Snelling Lake in Fort Snelling State Park.

In 1819, Col. Henry Leavenworth and his troops spent the first three winters in a cantonment or barracks of log houses on the southeastern or Dakota County side of the Forest trailMinnesota River called “St. Peter’s Cantonment” (also called “New Hope”). The troops moved into the fort in the late autumn of 1822.  Prior to 1825, Fort Snelling was called “Fort St. Anthony,” alluding to the neighboring Falls of St. Anthony.

Directions: From the west: Take Hwy 62/Crosstown Highway east to Highway 55, then proceed south on Hwy 55 towards the Mendota Bridge. Take the “Fort Snelling Historic Sites” exit (between the VA hospital and the Mendota bridge). Follow the signs to the Fort Snelling Historic Sites and park in the Fort Snelling Interpretive Center parking lot. Meet near the river overlook close by the interpretive center.
From the east: Head west across the Fort Road/West Seventh Street/Highway 5 bridge from St. Paul’s Highland Park area and take the Highway 55 exit north. Take the “Fort Snelling Historic Sites” exit. Follow the signs to the Fort Snelling Historic Sites and park in the Fort Snelling Interpretive Center parking lot. Meet near the river overlook close by the interpretive center.

Note: The Fort Snelling Historic Site entrance is different from the Fort Snelling State Park entrance which is off the Post Road exit from Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit to the airport.



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