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Minnehaha Falls Regional Park

Intermediate
 4.5 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Starting at the iconic Minnehaha Falls, this 2.1-mile hike will take you on quick descent to the scenic river valley.


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2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Loop

843' 257 m

High

707' 215 m

Low

201' 61 m

Up

201' 61 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy exploring the area along the creek as well as dipping their toes in the water.

Overview

Starting at the iconic Minnehaha Falls, this 2.1-mile hike will take you on a quick descent to the Mississippi River valley and along the final and fastest portion of Minnehaha Creek as it races to its terminus at the Mississippi River. This is a relaxed and beautiful hike for the entire family. During the spring, summer, and fall you may see a variety of wildlife from Great Blue Herons to painted turtles. This should be toward the top of your list of local hikes to tackle!

Description

This hike starts in the heart of Minnehaha Falls Regional Park. This area provides dining options, playgrounds, and other opportunities to supplement your hike with more time outside! The descent to the base of the falls begins at a staircase in between the falls and the statue of Hiawatha, a prominent Native American Leader in the area. Once in the river valley, follow the flow of the creek until you hit the Mississippi.

The trail down to the river has gradual elevation change; it is the ascent out of the valley will get your blood flowing! Take a few minutes at the wading area to get your feet wet. This part of the creek can move pretty quickly when the water levels are high so exercise caution as you cool off your feet. After following the creek upstream, you can head into a large field which will make the hike back to the top of the valley easier! The recreation opportunities in this park, especially this hike, makes the trip well worth it!

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt with improvements by Sarah Alig

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Minnehaha Falls at dusk.
Dec 16, 2016 near West Sa…, MN
Natural wading pool area along Minnehaha Creek, just below the falls.
Feb 14, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Frozen Minnehaha Falls
Feb 11, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Taking in the sights at Minnehaha Falls
Feb 14, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park in winter
Feb 14, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Bridge 1 at the base of Minnehaha Falls makes for a prime spot for viewing the falls.
Feb 11, 2019 near West Sa…, MN

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Feb 29, 2020
Raven Boltik
Sep 28, 2019
Traveling Viking Girl
Jul 20, 2019
Marc Daniel
With Luma — 6h 30m
Jul 14, 2019
Jamie Marshall
Jun 17, 2019
Natasha Zajicek
Jun 10, 2019
Paige Howarth
2.2mi
May 15, 2019
Matt Mortensen
May 4, 2019
Joshua Johnson
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