These 3 hikes cover the Twin Cities from North to South. Come to one or hit them all with us and enjoy the height of summer in the great outdoors!
August 16, 2018, 7-8:30 pm: Snail Lake Park Hike (Shoreview) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Take a hike with the group along the many miles of varied parkland bordering Snail Lake in northern Ramsey County.
Directions: Take I-35 E or I-35W to I-694 north of St. Paul to the Victoria Street exit. Proceed north on Victoria Street approximately 1/2 mile to 4191 Snail Lake Boulevard and turn east (right). Proceed on Snail Lake Boulevard to Snail Lake Park, on the north side of the road. Meet in the parking lot of Snail Lake Park. Note: There is a short stretch of this hike that is wet and muddy so wear appropriate footwear.
August 23, 2018, 7-8:30 pm: Como Park Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Join the hiking group for a turn or two around charming Como Lake, the largest public park in St. Paul.
Como Lake was named in the 1840s by Charles Perry, who farmed a tract of land on the shore of the lake. Perhaps he was homesick as he named it for the famed Lake Como, in the Italian Alps where he grew up.
Directions: From I-94 in St. Paul, exit onto Lexington Avenue & go north approximately 1.25 miles, past Minnehaha Avenue, to Como Park. Continue on Lexington Avenue as it winds through Como Park to the two parking lots for the Como Lakeside Pavilion at 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, one south & west of the pavilion near the fountain roundabout & one east & slightly north of the pavilion, closer to the golfing clubhouse. Park in either parking lot & meet in front of the pavilion.
August 30, 2018, 7-8:30 pm: Lebanon Hills Regional Park Hike (Eagan) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Come with us for a nature hike through prairies and woodlands, past lakes and ponds in Lebanon Hills Regional Park’s glacial moraine landscape. We’ll view some of the Star Prairie being restored as well as woodlands around Portage Lake.
The largest park in Dakota County, Lebanon Hills Regional Park is approximately 40% grassland. The remainder is wetlands and forests dominated by red oak. Flora and fauna are plentiful, including blazing stars, pileated woodpeckers and white-tailed deer.
Directions: Take I-35E south to the Cliff Road exit. Go east on Cliff Road 3.6 miles to the Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center entrance, which will be on the right. Follow the road down to the Visitor Center and meet in the parking lot close to the Visitor Center.