June is a wonderful month for hiking. To entice you into flexing those leg muscles this month we have hikes in scenic city, state and regional parks. And the scenery includes a lot of water–a “river runs through it” or around it or falls down it on these trails. Join us and (figuratively, please) drink it all in!
June 2018 Hikes
June 7, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Rice Creek Regional Park Hike (Fridley) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Let’s hike along Rice Creek in Fridley.
Rice Creek flows through a series of lakes and marshes in southern Anoka and northern Ramsey counties, eventually joining the Mississippi near Fridley. Its drainage basin is in the southern portion of the Anoka Sand Plain, which was formed after the last glacier retreated from the region about 12,000 years ago.
Directions: From I-694, take University Avenue exit and proceed north on University Avenue approximately 1.75 miles. Turn east on 69th Avenue exit but instead of taking a second right to 69th Avenue, continue straight on University Service Road. From University Service Road turn right (east) onto 71st Avenue. Follow 71st Avenue to end: a parking lot for Locke Park (840 71st Ave NE, Fridley MN). Meet in parking lot.
June 14, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Minnehaha Park Hike (Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Our hike through Minnehaha Park will begin on the scenic upper trail to pass the Longfellow House, Minnehaha Depot, historic John Stevens house and Minnehaha statue, then descend the trail to view the famous falls at several levels. We continue along both sides of Minnehaha Creek, crossing bridges several times while we travel down to the Mississippi River and back.
Minnehaha Park’s 193 acres of natural bounty includes 53-foot Minnehaha Falls, limestone bluffs with creek and river overlooks, beautiful spring wildflowers and a variety of floodplain and upland deciduous trees such as oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood.
Directions: From Hiawatha Avenue/MN Highway 55, south of downtown Minneapolis, proceed to 46th Street, turn east & just past the Holiday Gas Station, turn south onto the strip mall access road. Continue along the strip mall access road to the south end of the mall & park near Pet Supplies Plus. From there the group will hike a block south to the park.
June 28, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Pike Island Hike (Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Join us for a hike around Pike Island, at the conjunction of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, in historic Fort Snelling State Park.
Pike Island is named for Lieutenant (later General) Zebulon M. Pike. There in 1805, he made a treaty with the Dakota to purchase the land on which Fort St. Anthony, later named Fort Snelling, was built in the years 1820-24. The Dakota word “B’dote” means confluence and is the name for this place. It has the additional meaning as the place of creation or beginning of the Dakota people and for the world and life itself. Transliterated, “B’dote” became the name “Mendota.”
Directions: From the West: Take Hwy 62/Crosstown Highway east to Highway 55, go south on Hwy 55 towards Mendota Bridge. Take “Fort Snelling Historic Sites” exit (between VA hospital & Mendota bridge). Follow signs to Fort Snelling Historic Sites & park in Fort Snelling Interpretive Center parking lot. Meet by river overlook near interpretive center. From the East: Head west across Fort Road/West Seventh Street/Highway 5 bridge from St. Paul’s Highland Park area & take Highway 55 exit north. Take “Fort Snelling Historic Sites” exit. Follow signs to Fort Snelling Historic Sites & park in Fort Snelling Interpretive Center parking lot. Meet by river overlook near interpretive center.
Note: Fort Snelling Historic Site’s entrance is different from Fort Snelling State Park’s entrance off the Post Road exit from Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit to the airport.