Minnesota may be the land of 10,000 (plus) lakes but we have a heck of a lot of rivers, too. The first three hikes of October feature a brook, a creek and one mighty river (yeah, you know the one I mean).
We just can’t seem to get away from the water–but who would want to? Come enjoy the smell of the crisp air and the crunch of the colorful leaves underfoot as we gaze at those riveting ribbons of blue.
Please note the October 14 hike is on a Sunday afternoon–not Thursday evening–so we can all enjoy the October glory of the sugar maples studding the Mississippi River Gorge!
October 4, 2018, Thursday, 7-8:30 pm: Trout Brook Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Join the hiking group along the Trout Brook hiking/biking trail in St. Paul, another “rails to trails” trail development. Trout Brook was named after Trout Brook Estate, owned by lawyer and railroad president Edmund Rice. The waterway was a tributary to Phalen Creek, flows through St. Paul, and is the outlet of McCarron Lake.
Directions: Take I-35E north out of downtown St. Paul to the Maryland Ave. exit. Go west (left) on Maryland about 1/2 mile & turn north (right) on Jackson St. Proceed on Jackson St. approx. 1/2 mile & turn west (left) on Arlington Ave. Go about 1/8th mile & park at the U. S. Post Office – Rice Street Station (40 Arlington Avenue East) parking lot, on the south side of the street.
October 11, 2018, Thursday, 7-8:30 pm: Westside Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail Hike (Hopkins) – Hike Leader: Chris Olson
Take a hike with the group on the western corridor of Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail to mix scenic creek views with cityscape scenes. The 15.3- mile hiking and biking trail meanders from Hopkins to Richfield.
Directions: We will meet at Hopkins Valley Park. From Highway 169 in the western suburbs, take the Excelsior Boulevard exit & proceed west to 11th Ave. Go south (left) on 11th Ave. to 7th St. Turn east (left) on 7th St. to 9th Ave. Go south (right) on 9th Ave. Hopkins Valley Park parking lot is on your left, just before Westbrooke Way. We’ll meet in the parking lot.
October 14, 2018, Sunday, 4-6:00 pm: Winchell Trail Hike (Minneapolis) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Tag along with the group for a Sunday fall color hike along the Mississippi River Gorge on the Winchell Trail. It’s a hidden gem, set into the hillside below the busy Grand Rounds bikeway. The paved and unpaved trail hugs the hillside that drops steeply to the Misssissippi–very secluded and wild, perfect for our “Walk on the Wild Side” group.
Directions: Take Highway 55 south from downtown Minneapolis, exit onto East 44th St. & turn east (left). Continue on it until West River Parkway. Turn left (north) onto the parkway. Then, in less than a block, turn into the first entrance on the right: a small parking area for park users. If no spaces are available, park along nearby streets like East 44th St. or Edmund Blvd. & walk back to the parking lot where we’ll meet.