Celebrate Easter at Wood Lake

3/29 Update.  Finalized the location as Wood Lake.  Sunday looks windy and cooler than today (upper 30s) but still above freezing, so beware that your shoes may get dirty/muddy.  You may want to bring an extra pair for the drive.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Come join us for an Easter hike at Wood Lake in Richfield.   Due to the massive melting this week and the mild weather expected for Sunday, we are trying to avoid some of the mud/ice conditions by exploring a park with pavement or other non-mud trail surfaces.  Wood Lake is a new park for us but is supposed to have crushed limestone trails - hopefully better than the dirt/ice that we will probably face at some of the other parks this week. We will be checking the park/trails later this week and will confirm the location at that time.  If you are familiar with this park/trail conditions, please include a note in the comments, also note if you would be willing to help navigate.

At this time, we are unaware of what the trail conditions will be like on Sunday, use your best judgement in determining if you are comfortable/capable of hiking on possibly icy and slippery trails.

  • Length: Approx. 3-4 miles (2 loops - 1 in each direction)

    Duration: Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours

    Surface: *CAUTION! Possibly wet, icy, snow covered and slippery! Crushed limestone paths under the snow and muck

    Conditions: Appears flat, but this is a new park for me so unknown.

    Difficulty:  Moderate  This will be a slower paced hike, but is moderate given the expected trail conditions (muck, possible snow/ice/slippery). *Please FIRST check with your doctor (BEFORE RSVP'ing "YES") if you are concerned about your physical capabilities/limitations.


    Hike Time: Meetup at the interpretive center at or before 1:00 PM. We will start hiking right at 1:00 PM

    Scenery: This park has it all - woods, prairie, marsh and possibly frozen lakes.

    Amenities: Free parking

    Weather: TBD.

    Recommended:  Wear comfortable hiking foot gear with good traction (you may consider bringing poles, snowshoes, yaktracks or stablicers), water, snack, layer clothing appropriate for chilly/wet weather and activity level.

    Please, No Kids, No Dogs, No +1's: Only registered members of Twin Cities Hiking Meetup may attend this hike.

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  • John K.

    Beautiful day, pleasant hike, and great people with lots of conversation. Thank you all for a very 'celebratory' hike!

    March 31, 2013

  • Susan104

    Great pictures Richard. You managed to capture all aspects of the hike! Thank you for sharing!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Chuck

    Thank you Susan and John for hosting this very pleasant hike!

    March 31, 2013

  • Liz B.

    Thank You Susan and John for hosting the Easter Walk today! It was very nice to get out on the trails with the sun, slush and conversation.

    March 31, 2013

  • Susan104

    In total, sounds like we went about 4 miles in an hour and a half. Nice weather. The trail was a little mucky at spots but we were expertly navigated by Chuck (thanks for the help!). Great company - thanks to all who RSVPed and showed up.
    Definitely be coming back to this locale!

    March 31, 2013

  • Claudia D

    What a gorgeous way to spend a couple of hours...as always...nice hiking in good company...thanks Susan.

    March 31, 2013

  • Cass

    Let me know if anyone wants to carpool from St. Paul. I live near the Cathedral.

    March 30, 2013

  • Della

    From what I remember of the one time I hiked at Wood Lake, it is pretty flat. It was summer and pretty buggy, but you won't have the bug problem now ;-)

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Susan104

      Thanks Della. We'll miss you, but enjoy the time with your family.

      March 27, 2013

    • Della

      Really looking forward to future hikes without snow... I missed summer hiking. So fun to go with the group.

      March 28, 2013

  • Richard W. T.

    It is all FLAT. Easy hiking, short but set up for multiple loops. no pavement. Highway noise on the eastside, but not bad.

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Susan104

      Thanks for the info. Looking forward to seeing you again!

      March 27, 2013

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