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The MSPT: Minneapolis West Bank

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One way

10.0 miles

16.1 km

Difficulty

Intermediate

Elevation gain

1,243 ft

379 m

Highest point

849 ft

259 m

Avg grade

5% (3°)

Elevation loss

-1,197 ft

-365 m

Max grade

40% (22°)

Elevation loss

-1,197 ft

-365 m

Avg grade

5% (3°)

Lowest point

710 ft

216 m


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Fort Snelling State Park, MN

Getting there

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Features

Dogs - Off-leash  ·  Birding  ·  Cave  ·  Fall Colors  ·  River/Creek  ·  Views  ·  Waterfall  ·  Wildlife

Hikes that include this trail

Pike Island Loop  ·  Minnehaha Falls Regional Park

Overview

From the Fort Snelling SP Visitor Center, head upriver to the Minnehaha Off Leash Recreation Area via the paved Minnehaha Trail. Pick your path through the dog park until the north end, then follow the riverbank trail to Minnehaha Park.

Skirt the Veteran's Home and lock and dam. Watch for singletrack re entering the forested bluff. Follow the singletrack along bluff exposures, through floodplain forest, over beaches, creeks and crumbled limestone. Resort to the Winchell Trail or paved parkway paths if to bypass any sections too challenging.

After Interstate 35, follow West River Parkway to University of Minnesota campus, St. Anthony Main Street, and your favorite happy hour establishment!
From the Fort Snelling SP Visitor Center, head upriver to the Minnehaha Off Leash Recreation Area via the paved Minnehaha Trail. Pick your path through the dog park until the north end, then follow the riverbank trail to Minnehaha Park.

Skirt the Veteran's Home and lock and dam. Watch for singletrack re entering the forested bluff. Follow the singletrack along bluff exposures, through floodplain forest, over beaches, creeks and crumbled limestone. Resort to the Winchell Trail or paved parkway paths if to bypass any sections too challenging.

After Interstate 35, follow West River Parkway to University of Minnesota campus, St. Anthony Main Street, and your favorite happy hour establishment!
West River Parkway under construction - expect detours. Other construction at St. Thomas boat house.

Contacts

Land Manager: Minneapolis, MN - Park and Recreation Board

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3 from 4 hikers

Intermediate

Difficulty average from 4 hikers
1-2 of 2 reviews

May 11, 2019
Conditions: Mostly Dry

Mar 17, 2018
Conditions: Snowy, Icy - a lot of the trail is closed due to snow and ice. there is a possibility to walk the trail on the pavement next to the trail, but it is less beautiful then walking on the trail itself.

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