Pike Island Loop

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Pike Island Loop is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint Paul, Minnesota that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 85 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

partially paved

river

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

A state park permit or a $7 fee is required to park at this site. Flooding commonly causes parts of the route to be closed.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
6 days ago

Beautiful hike with a touch of snow covering most of the ground. Can be a little slippery in a few spots. Highly recommend exploring it outside of summer.

hiking
12 days ago

$7 to park and run. Uh no thanks

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

Nice flat loop. Trail has some spots that are quite muddy and slick, probably best to hit this trail early in the day when it’s still frozen. Saw 3 deer.

hiking
muddy
21 days ago

There’s a good deal of mud out there. If you head out early enough the mud will be frozen. I didn’t see much wildlife (probably because it’s fall) but there was plenty of evidence that the are a bunch of beavers in the area.

walking
1 month ago

I love this trail, just not as much in last couple of years. I realize that noone can control a flooding river but better management of the situation might be a good way to go. some trails inside the park reopened recently, Pike being one of them. The trail is open with a bunch of caveats. I maybe got 1/2 mile before getting muddy, wet, annoyed and kinda just wanted to get out of there to be honest. Even the the alternate trail was washed out and flooded, with a sign still there stating to use it. not great management of the area. I expect them to get a handle on things by mid/ late 2020 as spring flooding seems likely again. I'm not giving up on Pike. better signage, better condition investigation and better overall decision making need to happen as well. 11-11

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Great trail when it’s not flooded. Minnesota River side is closed. Middle trail should be closed too, only goes halfway until it’s impassable at this time. Mississippi River side/trail is mostly good but also flooded towards the end of the trail and you cannot reach the confluence. 10/24

hiking
2 months ago

Still slightly flooded. Flat. Pretty, but you smell fuel and hear planes the entire time.

hiking
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

this is a great, wide trail with views of the river around. it's nice and flat. would recommend for larger groups and strollers.

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

It was muddy and there was a tree down that was blocking the path. Lots of mosquitos but really pretty next to the river! Watch out for stinging nettle along the path :)

hiking
5 months ago

Closed due to flooding

muddy
6 months ago

hiking
snow
9 months ago

easy snowshoeing. very flat and freshly groomed with many options to go off trail

hiking
Thu Oct 18 2018

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
Mon Oct 08 2018

Great river views. Easy stroll with no inclines.

Mon Aug 20 2018

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

running
Tue Aug 14 2018

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.

running
Fri Aug 10 2018

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

Wed Jul 04 2018

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

hiking
Sat May 12 2018

My husband and I tried to hike this last weekend on 5/6/2018. Unfortunately, it was closed due to flooding. Definitely will have to go back and try it again! Thankfully, we found some other hikes at Fort Snelling State Park!

Mon Apr 09 2018

The wildlife you see along the way is exciting! I saw several woodpeckers, a dozen deer including two baby, and a bunch of wild turkeys. Only encountered a few people on my walk. It is peaceful and feels like your up north.

walking
Sun Mar 18 2018

Easy and nice loop around pike island. Hiking shoes a must right now as it’s pretty muddy and slick in areas. Enjoyed getting out today and excited for spring. Easy parking as well. Make sure to get vehicle day or annual pass and have it out on dash.

Sun Mar 04 2018

Easy walk, very cool to see the confluence of the rivers. Great bird watching, too.

Sun Dec 03 2017

Hiked this last week, it was great. Saw 12 deer and 20 turkeys. the whole loop is closer to 5 miles according to my Fitbit.

running
Sat Nov 18 2017

I love the proximity to the city and the different looping options on this trail! I often see wildlife in the less-travelled “interior” segments.

hiking
Mon Sep 25 2017

Green and peaceful.

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