Yankee Doodle Dandy Hikes for July

Two dandy hikes are on tap to start out July. The first is a great way to walk off all that 4th of July food you consumed. The second, well, it’s just a great hike, and it’ll help you walk off the food you consumed on July 11th!

July 2018 Hikes

July 5, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Swede Hollow Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Come along with us through historic “Swede Hollow” in St. Paul along the southern portion of the Bruce Vento Regional Trail and into the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.

Swede Hollow is the ravine in St. Paul that once carried Phalen Creek to the Mississippi River. (Phalen Creek was diverted into the Belt Line Tunnel in the 1920s.)

Early Swedish immigrant settlers named the valley “Svenska Dalen” or “Swede Hollow.” Swede Hollow Directional SignsSubsequent Polish, Italian, and Hispanic immigrants moved into the squatter homes built along the sides of the ravine. In 1956, St. Paul Health Department officials “discovered” that Swede Hollow had no sewer or city water service. They declared it a health hazard, ordered the last 14 families to move out then destroyed the homes.

Directions: From the West, go east on I-94 to downtown St. Paul’s East 7th Street Exit. After exiting, follow Wall Street a couple of blocks to East Seventh Street & go east (left.) Continue on East Seventh Street about nine blocks, past the Highway 52 bridge turnoff, to the trailhead, just past the intersection with Payne Avenue.

From the East, take I-94 to the Mounds Boulevard exit. Continue on Mounds Boulevard to East Seventh Street & turn west (left.) Continue down the hill along East Seventh Street, a long city block to the trailhead. A small parking lot & the trailhead are on the south side of the street.

Meet in the trailhead parking lot. Additional parking is available on the street on Payne Avenue.

CANCELED Due To HIGH WATER  July 12, 2018: 7-8:30 pm: Hidden Falls Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson

Join the group for a hike south along the Mississippi River from Hidden Falls in the Highland Park section of St. Paul. A secluded area of the park features a small spring-fed waterfall over a rock ledge.

butterflyweed in bloomDirections: From I-94, on the western edge of St. Paul, take the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go south about 1.5 miles on Cretin Ave. to Randolph Ave. & turn west (right). Proceed on Randolph a few blocks to Mississippi River Boulevard. Go south (left) on Mississippi River Boulevard, just past the Ford plant, to the park entrance, Hidden Falls Drive, just north of where Magoffin Avenue connects with the parkway. This is the north gate to the park. Take Hidden Falls Drive down the hill to the parking lot and meet by the picnic shelter, near the northeast corner of the parking lot.


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