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Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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9.6 Miles 15.4 Kilometers

569' 173 m


-568' -173 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

1,015' 309 m


888' 271 m


Shared By Craig Long



Getting forecast...

A larger loop with a couple of out and back legs and multiple starting points.

Craig Long

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife


Get lost in the wilderness right in town. Though this park does see a fair amount of traffic, most of your time will be spent alone. The trees and several lakes in this park give the hike a north-woods feel. This trail is easy enough for the novice but experienced hikers will also enjoy the many miles and beautiful scenery.

Need to Know

Water and bathrooms are available year-round at all three trailheads. There's a beach and showers at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center to cool you off after the hike.

The trail is mostly shaded. Bring bug spray in season. Some trails are used by horses. Avoid the ski trails in the winter.


Several start points are possible. This track starts at the Jensen Lake Trailhead but you could also start at the Holland Lake Trailhead to the north, the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center to the northeast, or the Dodd Road access at the southeast corner.

Much of the trail will take you around the edges of the many lakes. Other parts will take you deep into the woods. While there are some minor hills here and there, there is nothing that will be daunting.

The route can easily be modified to just about any length you wish. There are 19 miles of trails available in the summer.

The trail is very well marked. At each crossroad you'll see a "You Are Here" sign, the number associated with that crossroads, and as you go in any possible signs saying "To #" so you know which crossroads your heading to.

Please be aware of your fellow trail users, and give right of way to equestrians and slower moving groups.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers can be found in some areas of the park. Cranes, herons and other birds call the waters of the lake home, as well as smaller wildlife seen frequenting the banks.


Land Manager: Dakota County Parks

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very fun, free parking, kind of close to freeway 2.1mi

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A pleasant combination of Lakeview and woodland trails. Very good signage too, with clear routes and mileage indicated. Multiple parking areas allow you to start hikes from different spots and focus on particular trails. Nov 2, 2016
Lisa H.  
We hiked this yesterday and the trails are in good shape. We hiked about 5 miles, starting at Jensen Lake trail head and the trails were soft snow or even dirt in some parts. Very little ice at this time. The x-country skiers were out on the lakes, which kept the trails clear. Many runners were out also. As this article mentions, this park offers many great options for lenght/time; by adding a loop or segment on here or there you can either add or subtract your mileage rather easily. right now with the frozen lakes you can even take some short cuts if you want! the bathrooms are on either end, or at least 4 to 5 miles apart, so not that close or convenient. We don't see a lot of wildlife in this park, probably the only negative comment I'd have. We really like this park for the rolling hills, great trails and flexible trail system, all within the greater Minneapolis/St Paul metro area. Jan 8, 2018

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