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Rescheduled Purgatory Park Hike

From: Sue
Sent on: Thursday, September 16, 2010 11:25 AM
Here is the info on the rescheduled Purgatory Park Hike; and kudos to Ron, Tom and Leah for braving the weather on Wednesday the 15th!

What: Purgatory Park Hike

When: Wednesday, September 22,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Purgatory Park - Minnetonka
17315 Excelsior Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345

There are numerous trails leading off of Purgatory's trails and onto other trails throughout the Minnetonka area. Last time we did the Inner Loop and South Leg. This time we will be doing aan out and back on the "North Leg" for a total of about 4 miles.

The North Leg
Just west of the parking lot is a trail segment heading north out of the park along Purgatory Creek. The trail travels under Excelsior Boulevard, with a spur to the Minnetonka Library and County Road 101, or continuing north behind businesses. The trail follows the south side of Hwy. 7 until it dips under the highway using an old cattle pass from the 1920s. The trail continues through the wetland and joins the trail along the east side of County Road 101, then continues up to the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail?a distance of 2 miles from Purgatory Park.

Purgatory?s history...How did Purgatory get its unusual name? As the story goes, early settlers traveling to Excelsior along an old Native American trail came to some springs around dusk. The trail was the worst they had traveled, with swampy land and a plague of mosquitoes. One of the settlers remarked, ?This is hell!? ?No, it?s even worse,? another replied, ?It?s purgatory!? The name stuck.

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