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Long Meadow Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Minneapolis, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 219 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Reviews (63)
Photos (51)
Recordings (62)
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Ron Ebb
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Hiking

Lovely wooded Trail.

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Emily Herzan
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HikingBugsMuddy

Bring your bug spray, but it's gorgeous and GREEN!!!

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Marc Cain
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grown
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Ruth Wikoff-Jones
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HikingMuddy
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Lisa Johnson
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HikingScramble
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Eric Haeg
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Running

Great out and back. Mostly dry now. Quite a bit of sand, but okay for running.

Jennifer Myers
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Mountain biking

I took my bike for some “off road” exploring. I hadn’t been on this trail before, and there was more sand than I expected. I rode from Old Cedar Bridge west to Lyndale. Some single track, some gravel, and lots of little hilly sandy patches. I walked my bike through probably 2 miles worth of sand, but still was smiling the whole time! The last mile gets sketchy as you have to cross some ravines on rickety bridges. (Photos uploaded). Certainly isn’t a trail for someone who wants to stay clean, but I was all smiles! No flooding/wet spots for me on May 6th.

Emily Herzan
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HikingMuddy

A few muddy spots remain, but overall the trail is in good shape

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Emily Herzan
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Trail is quite icy still, but some spikes and trekking poles did the trick!

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Emily Herzan
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Hiking

A fair bit of ice down the middle of the trail, but enough snow/mud/leaves to make your way through on the edges!

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Emily Herzan
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HikingMuddy

Trail is a bit muddy and slippery with wet leaves in spots, but a gorgeous hike with the right shoes!

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David V Hibst
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HikingBridge outMuddy
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Izzy S
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HikingMuddy

It’s a pretty simple and flat trail, aside from the original decent into the valley. Currently the trail is pretty muddy, but not flooded over as some old signage references.

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Emily Herzan
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HikingBugs

Some muddy areas, 1 footbridge is covered in water, easily passable but you'll have wet socks if your shoes aren't waterproof!

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KC Connors
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Hiking

Beautiful bridge. Easy. Heavily trafficked with bikes and sport are very muddy

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Emily Herzan
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Hiking

Pretty good conditions given recent rain. A few muddy spots and boardwalks a bit slippery, nothing too bad! Trail work was being done 3 miles in, but you can get through when they're not actively working. 3 deer today, lots of birds on the river.

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R B
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Hiking

Took my dog walking about 1.5 miles out on this trail in late August and it was dry with slight inclines throughout. There were 2 or 3 spots along the section of trail we used that had fallen trees over the path, but we were still able to navigate over them. Would definitely go here again as it was quiet and had low traffic.

Joe Johnson
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HikingBugsMuddy

I did a completely different section of the trail than what’s listed on the map. I went from the visitor center down to the bridge and then back. Ends up being right about 3.5 miles one way. Nice and scenic as you’re wedged between the river and the marshes. A lot of bugs and the trails currently “closed” because of flood damage but it’s still very navigable, just a few puddles/mud sections that you can walk around. Saw a ton of frogs and it’s very shaded for a bunch of the sections. A nice trail for trail running

Navin Reddy
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Hiking

The water has overflown and hence most part of the trail is not accessible, but still it is worth hiving a visit to see how annual flooding has brought the water level up. Bird watching is good

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Amelia Crone
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Hiking

Loved it.

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Anita Ferguson
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Running

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.

Greg Greg Wilson
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Hiking

Bridge Under repair June 2016. Can still hike trails around it.

Charles McCarthy
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Hiking

Have enterred from the bottom of Cedar Avenue both walking and on my bike. It's a gentle 3 mile hike (walk) over and back along the river bottoms and back water to South and the ponds to the North. A little noisy as you go under Cedar Avenue/MN Rt 77 expressway bridge, but the rest of the nature experience is great! Another access is off Old Shakopee Road by 86th Street.

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