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Mississippi Gorge Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint Paul, Minnesota that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 403 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown
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NOTE: the St. Paul unpaved trails were quite overgrown and narrow. Shadow Falls and some of the rocky lookouts are worth the stop on this side, but proceed with caution and stay alert.

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Angie Gulland
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Aditya Singh
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WalkingGreat!
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Yagna Talakola
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HikingGreat!

Narrow, slippery, and at times quite treacherous but the views and nature are quite worth it. Very beautiful during the fall time with ample foliage and colors. Prepare to walk, climb, and enjoy the nature. There are small streams that give a refreshing touch. Hard to get lost, nevertheless, have a GPS handy.

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Alex Zimmer
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James Bacon
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Natalie Lohrberg
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Hiking

Loved it. Surprising wooded area in the middle of everything. Come see for yourself :)

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Clara Osowski
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Shannon Honeyford
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The St. Paul unpaved trails were quite overgrown and narrow, but still able to get through. (For these there’s no official start, just duck in off the paved trail when you see an opening.) Shadow Falls and some of the rocky lookouts are worth the stop on this side, but proceed with caution and stay alert. Definitely drop offs/ledges/ravines in places, could be extra dangerous after rain. The Mpls side had better options for hiking in the woods but on clearer, wider trails via Winchell trail. Again, look for areas to pop in, they’re better defined over here and are often near lookouts or have stairways to enter. It’s not a bad urban escape, and it’s nice you can choose to go on paved portions so it’s accessible. I prefer the consistency of the wooded paths at the neighboring Minnehaha/Cold Springs parks. IG: @shantastic.life

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Connha Classon
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Hiking

Pretty views and pretty trails, especially when you got off into the woods. Urban trails were really busy with bikers, runners and walkers. Definitely stay on the rustic Winchell Trail when you get on the Minneapolis side of the river. I would definitely do this one again and do some more exploring!

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Grete Kirkeng
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I would call it moderate. Some parts were very steep, narrow and overgrown. Great flowers.

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Nathan Scott
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Running

This is one of my favorite trail running loops in the twin cities. Beautiful views from both sides of the river. The East side is significantly more narrow with steeper elevation changes, whereas the West side is wide & gradual. You can stay along the parkway path against the street, or head down into the woods paths (my favorite).

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Crystal Poppe
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Hiking

It’s very pretty, but the trails are narrow and going over the bridges isn’t the most pleasant with the right squeeze and dogs. Very much doable, but there’s a lot of traffic noise for about a quarter of the walk. I highly suggest taking some of the offshoots down into the woods.

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Emma Lohse
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I started on the Mississippi Gorge loop trail but stayed north along the river bed. Ended up being incredibly enjoyable with few other hikers

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David Cebuhar
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it's awesome. some parts need to be climbed a little

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Alycia Holmquist
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We got lost no loop

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Will Reed
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I’m certain this trail is beautiful and a great hike, but my dog and I were forced to turn back only a mile into the loop. We came on 1/13/20 and there were sheets of ice across the trail. I wiped out 3 times and my dog who is super agile wiped out twice. If you do the hike during the winter months you’ll need special gear- spiked boots, and some sturdy hiking sticks, and maybe don’t take your dog when the ice is this prevalent. I assume Minnesotans know this already, but not being a native I foolishly thought I could hike this with regular gear. You don’t see conditions like this in the Ozarks that much, so I wasn’t prepared. My dog and I will return in the spring when the ice thaws.

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James Lavella
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James Lavella
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Mel Yackley
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Hiking

Beautiful but paved

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Michael D
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HikingRocky

fun trails near the war memorial that brings you to a waterfall. Didnt see any moose.

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Timothy Ruiz
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Hiking

Enjoyed this suburban hike. Nice woods & park environment blended with suburbia roads. some gorgeous houses along the route as well.

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Karlee Friese
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OH MY GOD. this trail had so many hidden gems I am absolutely in love. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!! So worth it! I bet when the leaves are fully changing colors it’s just unexplainable!

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