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Mud Lake Loop

Intermediate

Trail

4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 194' 59 m
Descent: -196' -60 m
High: 952' 290 m
Low: 881' 269 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

This 4.7-mile, family friendly, partially-paved hike, will take you along a mixture of flat and hilly terrain.

Kristen Arendt

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Wildlife

Family Friendly Lots of options for recreation and making fun day outing at the lake.

Overview

This 4.7-mile, family friendly, partially-paved hike, will take you along a mixture of flat and hilly terrain through the beautiful Elm Creek Park Reserve.

The Mud Lake Loop is an excellent trail to take family and friends for a day filled with fun outdoors. From hiking to disc golf, this loop provides a variety of activities for everyone.

Description

Elm Creek Park Reserve is an incredible resource for everyone in the Twin Cities area. The Mud Lake Loop does a great job of showcasing the opportunities that this park provides.

The trail will take you past the man-made swimming pond, disc golf course, and the historic Pierre Bottineau House. With these attractions in mind, make sure you bring a swim suit and anything else you need to take full advantage of this trail!

This well laid out loop will also give you the choice to add distance to your hike.

As you get close to the bodies of water along this trail, keep an eye for the variety of bird species that live in the park. If you are lucky you might see a beaver building its home!

See you on the trail!

Flora & Fauna

Sandhill cranes, deer, beavers, and trumpeter swans call this area home. Make sure you bring the binoculars!

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Apr 25, 2020
Nadia Splyuh
Feb 23, 2020
T P5115
Sep 7, 2019
Tarun Reddy
5mi — 1h 10m
May 15, 2019
M B
Saw 3 deer and heard a bunch of different birds. 4.7mi — 1h 30m
Apr 29, 2018
Brenda Leffler
First hike of the 2018 season, with Spencer 5mi
Apr 22, 2018
Mel Johnson
Jun 30, 2017
Corrinne Clark
mostly paved trail 5.2mi
Jun 26, 2017
Katie Oppegard
6mi

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

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#15

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Boardwalk/wooden bridge on the trail.
Sep 8, 2019 near Osseo, MN
Shared hiking and cycling trail.
Sep 8, 2019 near Osseo, MN

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