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great park to hike

trail running
1 month ago

Ran with my dog on trail in early November. Trail was nice except for a couple spots that had mud that we could easily get around. There was also some construction at trail head by Cedar Avenue. It looked to be almost complete with a nice new parking area. I would use again.

beautiful day we trekked, plenty of pictures making sure of no sprained ankles.

The directions to this trail are incorrect coordinates

hiking
2 months ago

As of today, the trail was open but there is still some minor flooding near the back part of the trail. So you can get about halfway but then have to turn back the way you came and cannot make the full loop. In any event, the trail is very nice and a quick three-mile getaway from the hustle and bustle. Parking is $7 if you don’t have a permit. Trail head is right next to the lot.

hiking
2 months ago

The park was beautiful in all of it’s fall colors today. Easy walk through open fields and wooded areas with just enough birds around to count the hike as a birding walk as well.

2 months ago

Awesome trail! Great hill and rewarding view at the top. Be warned that it is not accessible at this time, though, due to construction on Flying Cloud Drive.

hiking
2 months ago

Great river views. Easy stroll with no inclines.

This trail listed is actually the Hiking Club trail. I’m a fast hiker and this took about 2 hours to complete. It takes you through the hardwoods, then to the prairie. I’ve been hiking this park since I was a kid and the best trail by far is the Monarch one. It takes you through the prairie, by a beaver pond in the hardwoods, and has a beautiful view of the bluffs from the top. Happy hiking! :)

The upper trail had a nice view with rolling hills. The trail is grassy with some gravel areas. There are places to stop and take in the scenery.

2 months ago

Walked the WeWalk Marathon on this trail from St Bonifacius 13.1 miles west past New Germany and back to St Bono. Can’t seem to get that section to show by its a great flat trail. Not many benches or toilets.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice park . Great trails for biking. If you bring a dog, check out the dog park in the middle of the park. Some great hiking for you and the pup in side it.

I really enjoyed this trail, great scenery and peaceful.

I don’t know if this was just a coincidence or if it happens all the time but I encountered several bikers and people with dogs that lacked common courtesy. Many bikers did not yell “on your left” or warn me in any way as they came up behind me and nearly knocked me over. Also came across two people with dogs not on a leash and the dogs came charging directly at me and my dog! Again, I don’t know if this is typical, but definitely got the impression that the people who frequent this trail think they own it and don’t have to show any respect to others who use it. Disappointing.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. My dog loved it too. You really cant get lost, all directions loop around back close to the parking lot.

Trail is back open. You can definitely see where it was flooded.

trail running
4 months ago

Open today, August 13. It is a flat, shaded trail—nice on a hot day like today. You can add on miles by running from Minnehaha Falls area, Minnehaha Creek, etc.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail— the State Park website says it’s open again. Any reports on if this is true?

it's a decent trail, watch out for baby snakes along the way. in the summer, you'll be ganged up by mosquitoes
the worst part is there aren't enough signboards near the parking lots to get you started on a trail, so it's very confusing.
the trails themselves are good and peaceful, well maintained and mildly challenging

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trails that had pretty good elevation gain over short distances. The Stinks (dog) was tuckered out toward the end. The “Big Woods” have a rich history that you can read about along the trails. I wish it was a longer hike but it was fun!

Nice little trail

Lots of route options with several small loops that link together. A great nature route with overlook views at the top

hiking
5 months ago

Some great inclines on unpaved trails. Kids able to climb fine. There are several microclimates in the short walk... woods, sandy, prairie. Great overlook of Shakopee. Bring bug spray and sometimes rain can leave a soggy trail near the parking lot.

Attempted this June 30th 2018, couldn't get onto it due to flooding. It looked great on the other side :D

Great trail and very well maintained. Beautiful.

trail running
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Mostly flat loop with a couple of steeper sections on the south end. Passes through a wide variety of habitats: prairie, forest, and wetland. Above average bird viewing. Check yourself for ticks when you finish.

Great trail, moderate to easy but wear good shoes so you can climb on the rocks easily

road biking
6 months ago

Lovely trail running thru Lake Minnetonka. Wide, paved, lots of places to eat, site see, shop

hiking
6 months ago

Did not expect to find a trail like this in this area! Great mixed terrain with some awesome (bigger) hills, beautiful woods, great prairies, and overlooks.

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