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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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!

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

hiking
3 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.

hiking
4 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.

Good trail close to home in Eden Prairie.

7 months ago

loved the scenery, beautiful landscape, and alot of fun. they also have a natural spring fountain to drink from

Nice trail. elevation change is not too difficult. could be muddy. snow and ice on the trail now.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Some steep ups and downs, but you're rewarded with nice overlooks.

trail running
11 months ago

Great amount of elevation over a short distance. There are no overly large climbs (200' or more). Good scenery; feels secluded even though it's in the city.
Would be nice if it was longer, but multiple loops works pretty well on this one if you mix up each loop.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

We really liked this trail. Lots of elevation change and beautiful views. It's not the longest trail but worth it. It's also very close to the Cities.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

It's beautiful but short !!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nice short hike with a few steep hills

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

We only did the short trail...Nice trail that had a good incline and nice view. Recommend bug spray and hiking boots,there are muddy spots. I look forward to going again and doing the longer trail.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

My fiancé and I enjoyed scenic views of Eden Prairie along wildflower lined trails. An uphill hike mostly, but lovely in early July.

More of a moderately difficult trail, but nice views!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Great views! Trails could be marked a bit better in some places.

Monday, May 29, 2017

May 28, 2017. A lot of rain this spring has given birth to way too many mosquitoes. Bring you bug spay. I found it unbearable.

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It was amazing. So beautiful out there today. A little muddy when you first start, but soon becomes more dry. Loved it! First time there and I will be going back!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Love this trail. It has some steeper hills, lots of trees.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Great trail. We took the west side and really enjoyed the hike. Good elevation gain and beautiful views up on the top.

trail running
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Very steep hills at some spots but once you get to the top it's beautiful. Worth the run/hike up.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Great little trail to get a little climb (comparatively speaking for the area). There are spring fed streams running throughout that stay open during the winter, and nice views from the upper trail. Most of the people we met were walking their dogs. During the summer it would be a great place to go to picnic, as there are several tables along the way. The park is currently open daily, not April-October as listed.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

This is a great hike and reminds me of a short snippet of a trail you may find on the west coast. It can be nearly vertical at times but it's short lived and it rewarded by great views of the valley or the peaceful beauty of the forest.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Live nearby and hike it several times a year. Great view of the Minnesota River Valley. A number of hills makes for a good workout. Heavily wooded areas help to cool you down in hot weather.

hiking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Nice hike through some hills with some scenic views. If you live nearby it's perfect for a quick outdoor workout.

trail running
Friday, August 21, 2015

Beautiful, quiet, and quick if you need something that will get your heart pumping for a shorter workout. I ran it, watch out though... I got sniped by a hornet that got me 3 times! If you have allergies bring your epipen or benadryl!

Fall Colors Tour October 19 at the EFEIT/RTA
10 to 12 noon
Free
Public
This is our last outing for 2014. There will be no excursions in 2015 due to construction on Hwy 101 and Flying Cloud Drive. Excursions will resume in 2016 in partnership with the city of Eden Prairie.

nature trips
Saturday, May 10, 2014

What's happening at the EFEIT/RTA this season? So far here are the events planned for 2014.

All Excursions 10 to 12Noon
FREE PUBLIC


July 19- Cynthia Thomas and Yako Myers – Wildcrafting the EFEIT/RTA with Native American Herbalists Thomas and Myers

Aug 9 - Minnesota Wildflowers – Botany and Imagineography at the EFEIT with online field guide expert from Minnesota Wildflowers

October 19 Kate Havelin, author of “Best Hikes of the Twin Cities” will lead us through the EFEIT/RTA



Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area

18700 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
1/6 mile past Lions Tap Restaurant

10am to 12noon
Free





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