Chester Woods Loop
ElevationAscent: 440' 134 m
Descent: -436' -133 m
High: 1,242' 379 m
Low: 1,086' 331 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“Chester Woods is a great local park with a varied trail system.”— Joe Barrone
Starting this hike, head through the woods along the lake via a crushed rock path with segments of paved trails. After crossing the bridge by the central water access location, you'll enter a meadow. The end of the prairie will lead you back into the woods with several path options.
To extend the hike to the south side of the park, I choose to go right and make my way through the valleys in the woods. This loop brings you on a circle back to the dam overlook and eventually back to the meadow at the central water access and back to paths leading to your vehicle.
Throughout this hike, multiple trail access points can either extend or shorten the mileage. I was looking for a desired distance due to a taper before a running event. Regardless, Chester Woods is a fun and safe location for hiking a variety of mileage.
Land Manager: Olmsted County Parks