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Quaking Bog Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.6 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This hike will take you through the unique ecosystem that exists within the Quaking Bog in Theodore Wirth Park.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Loop

992' 302 m

High

901' 274 m

Low

203' 62 m

Up

204' 62 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Family Friendly An easy loop through a varied ecosystem with lots to explore!

Overview

This short, family-friendly, hill-filled hike will get your blood flowing and introduce you to variety of plant and animal species that thrive in this wetland area including unique mosses, wildflowers, and ferns. The Quaking Bog Loop is one of the best ways to experience the outdoors so close to the city.

Description

Heading south on Theodore Wirth Parkway from HWY-55, you'll see a sign for the Quaking Bog and a parking lot on the west side of the road. This is where your hike will begin. This loop is made up of natural trails as well as boardwalks. These boardwalks allow you to cross the bog in its wettest area so you can immerse yourself in the ecosystem.

Sounds of frogs and the occasional songbird will take you out of the city and give you the sense that this place is far away from a metropolitan area. You'll see beautiful wetland flowers including the Minnesota state flower: the Showy Lady Slipper. Close by the Quaking Bog is the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Here, you can see a range of flowers that can only be found at this park. This highly accessible and secluded hike should be a destination for any day-hiker.

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Kristen Arendt

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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Beginning of the berms on SW Wirth.
Nov 3, 2017 near Saint L…, MN
Admiring some of the foliage along the way.
Nov 22, 2016 near Saint L…, MN
Enjoying the trails during a lush summer.
Nov 22, 2016 near Saint L…, MN

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Jul 24, 2018
Kim Ehlert
Wandering trails easy to get lost. Trail not well marked but ok if you have plenty of time
Jul 15, 2018
Dane Doehr
Use bug repellent as appropriate for mosquitos. 2.6mi
Jun 16, 2018
Belinda Massey
Sep 30, 2017
Erin Campbell
Nice...bikes on the trail. 1 pic. 1.6mi
May 23, 2017
Torey Hunkus
First trek in my new boots, wandered around on several different paths. Pleasantly cool. 1.6mi
Mar 5, 2017
Olga Mackeviča
4.6mi