St. Paul Hiking Club July hikes

Sunday hikes start at 2:30 p.m., go about five miles, and last anywhere from one and a half to two hours. Tuesday hikes start at 7 p.m., go about three miles, and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, July 2: Meet at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave. N in Lake Elmo. Gather in the Nordic Center parking lot on your right, past the entrance shack. Directions: Go East on Interstate 94 to Woodbury Drive/Keats Avenue exit 251. Take a left on Woodbury Drive, go north, continue straight on the road into the park. It’s free Tuesday so you do not need a sticker to get in. 

Tuesday, July 9: Meet at the DeHaans’ home, 2319 Olivia Ct. E., in Maplewood. The group will hike on residential streets and trails as well as Maplewood Nature Center trails. Directions: East of St. Paul off Interstate 94 - take McKnight north to Olivia Court From Highway 36: take McKnight south to Olivia Court (on your right). Parking on Olivia Court — overflow, park at Sarrack’s Liquor Store, south side of lot.

Sunday, July 14: Meet at Maplewood Mall, park at the old Sears store parking lot, south side. The group will walk west on Beam Avenue and catch the Bruce Vento trail then return to the mall and eat at the new Panera Bread on White Bear Avenue, in front of Sears. 

Tuesday, July 16: Meet in the parking lot of Holman’s Table at the downtown St. Paul Airport, 644 Bayfield St. The group will hike the trail/road between hangers and the Mississippi River then onto Fillmore Avenue From Highway 52: Take Plato Boulevard exit to the airport terminal building. 

Sunday, July 21: Meet at Tamarack Nature Preserve, 7433 Valley Creek Road (Fresenius Kinney Center) park in rear lot. From St. Paul: Take Interstate 494 south to Valley Creek Road, go east to 7433 Valley Creek Road. 

Tuesday, July 23: Meet at Watergate Marina, 2500 Crosby Farm Road in St. Paul. The hike will take place at Fort Snelling. 

Sunday, July 28: Party at the St. Paul Hiking Club’s president’s house, 3966 Reservoir Blvd. in Columbia Heights., preceded by a hike in a southwesterly direction. From the north and east: Take Interstate 694 west to Central Avenue and south to 40th Avenue, left two blocks to Reservoir Boulevard., and right a half block to 3966. From south and east: go west on Highway 36 to Fairview Avenue. Go right on County Road D, then left three miles to Johnson Street, right one block to 39th Avenue, then left three blocks to Reservoir Boulevard, right a block and a half to 3966. 

Tuesday, July 30: Meet at the Gopher Bar in downtown St. Paul at 6:15 p.m., for Coney Islands. Park behind at 444 Wacouta St. in Needels Janitorial parking lot — it’s OK to park there but space is limited. The hike will take place along the Mississippi River at 7 p.m.

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