You can sense it: the faintest hint of fall is in the air & showing on the trees, shrubs & wildflowers. To hikers that says, “Get moving–there’re so many amazing hikes to fit in before the ground goes white!” Well, we’ve got the hikes so “Come on!”
September 6, 2018, 7-8:30 pm: Nine Mile Creek Hike (Bloomington) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Come along with us for a hike in Bloomington alongside scenic Nine Mile Creek. The paved & unpaved trail stays close to the creek & crosses over on several bridges allowing awesome views of the twists, turns & frequent rapids formed during its race to the Minnesota River.
Fun Fact: Nine Mile Creek received its name from its distance measured southwest from Fort Snelling to where the Old Shakopee Trail crossed the creek.
Directions: Take I-35W south from downtown Minneapolis to the West 106th St. exit in Bloomington, exit & go west (right) on West 106th St. At Morgan Ave. South turn north (right) & continue on Morgan Ave. South, past West 104th St to the Moir Park parking lot off Morgan Ave. where we’ll meet.
September 13, 2018, 7-8:30 pm: Hidden Falls Park Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Join the group for a hike from Hidden Falls south along the Mississippi River in the Highland Park section of St. Paul. The park is named for the small spring-fed waterfall trickling over a rock ledge in a secluded area of the park.
Directions: From I-94 on St. Paul’s western edge, take Cretin/Vandalia exit & go south about 1.5 miles on Cretin Ave., then turn west (right) onto Randolph Ave. Proceed a few blocks then turn south (left) onto Mississippi River Blvd. & continue (under the Ford Avenue/46th Street Bridge, past the Ford plant), to the park entrance road on the right, Hidden Falls Drive, which is just before (north) Magoffin Avenue. This is the north gate to the park. Take Hidden Falls Drive down the hill to the parking lot & meet us by the picnic shelter, near the NE corner of the parking lot.
September 20, 2018: Cedar Lake Hike (Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Take an urban hike with us from Bryn Mawr Park under Highway 394 & along the trails of lovely Cedar Lake. The lake, about 170 acres & over 50 feet deep, is wrapped in greenery and offers iconic views of downtown.
Directions: Take I-394 to Penn Ave. exit & go north on Penn Ave. about 100 feet to an immediate right turn, 8th Avenue SE. Turn right & park on the street as soon as you see Bryn Mawr Park. (If you miss the first turn, the second right turn, on Mount View Avenue, also works, with a right turn on Oliver Ave. South to come back to the park.) Meet by the first ball field in Bryn Mawr Park.