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Coon Rapids Dam Hike

This hike is on page 60 of my "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" book. Just another hike that myself and others can check off their list. With the Switzerland hike coming up in June this is a chance to get the quads in shape.

 

There is an easy route for people who would like to do about 1-1.5 hours and for others (which is what I'm doing) we'll loop back, over the dam and down the other side of the river, and then back the way we came to the parking lot. Now I've never done this hike before and this is what my "book" tells me...

 

Flat and easy. Travel through lowlands and floodplains; great view up and downriver from the dam. The trails follows the main channel and backwaters of the Mississippi. The east bank of the trail connects with other trails that extend beyond the park (anyone up for an adventure?)

 

DIRECTIONS:Take I-94 north past I-694 to MN 252. (MN 252 then becomes MN 610 just  before it crosses the river.) Turn left (west) onto West River Road and go 1/2 a mile to Russell Ave (MN 12). Turn right (north) on Russell for about 3/4's of a mile to find the park entrance on the right. Park at the northernmost parking lot.

 

CARPOOLING: I can pick people up in the parking lot behind Macaronni Grill. That's located off Hopkins Crossroads near Staples, Michael's and Dick's. - Sue

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  • shelly

    I'm sorry! I went to the wrong side!

    May 5, 2013

  • Terry L B.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it today things came up I have to finish

    May 5, 2013

  • Tricia

    not able to attend afterall - would have loved to join you all, but am attending a birthday celebration dinner today.

    May 5, 2013

  • John

    Mark J's comment is accurate: There is NOT an exit from Hwy 252 to West River Road. If you are coming from the south, it's better to take the 85th Ave exit and go north on West River Road for about 2 1/2 miles to Russell.

    May 5, 2013

  • Mark J.

    252 to 85th, right to w river rd, left to russell, right on russell.

    May 4, 2013

  • Mark J.

    I don't think there is an exit off 610 to W River Rd. There is one for EAST river rd - don't get mixed up!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather tomorrow might not hold up. Are we still on?

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have another obligation that I was reminded of just this Saturday AM so ... I won't be there to join in this neat event incidentally I was there last Sunday it is really great - have a really good time!

    May 4, 2013

  • Cecilia

    Somthing came up... I can't go--- ;(

    May 3, 2013

  • Lance S

    Your directions aim you to the west side of the dam. The map shows going to the east (Coon Rapids) side. Which is correct?

    May 3, 2013

  • Barb W.

    sorry can't make it :(

    May 2, 2013

  • Cecilia

    I haven’t explored the north of the Cities, I marked my calendar!!

    April 29, 2013

  • Sue

    OK the dam will be closed for this hike as they are rehabing it. But we are still doing to go. If you look at the Three Rivers Park District web site you'll be able to what is open and what isn't.

    April 23, 2013

    • Diane

      I live right by the dam and yes it is closed. How many miles are you hoping to hike? Are you aware that these are paved trails?

      April 23, 2013

  • Richard W. T.

    Sorry, May Day parade.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to Spring!

    April 23, 2013

  • Nanette

    Hi everyone, I haven't jseen the group in a while and look forward to this hike. I signed up for the hike at Clearly Lake on April 14th and see it is no longer on the calendar, and dind't see a cancel on my e-mail.

    April 13, 2013

  • Barb W.

    Look forward to seeing you
    sue! I have done this and it is a good one hope the river is running high!

    April 9, 2013

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