What we’re about
TCHM is for hiking and outdoor enthuiasts who want to join like-minded people in fun activities on the vast and varied trails in the Twin Cities. Our purpose is to provide a variety of hiking and outdoor opportunities in our area's beautiful natural settings that foster friendships and community. Our members share a strong commitment to leaving our parks, lakes and rivers the way we found them; we embrace a leave-no-trace philosophy.
While hiking is our primary focus, TCHM events may include other outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding or biking. Hikes and activities are held year-round and many of them include a social gathering afterwards! Most of our regularly scheduled hikes and events take place in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburbs, but don’t be surprised to see opportunities to hike in county and state parks outside the metro area.
When joining TCHM, please use your given name or nickname in your profile, along with a clear photo of yourself. This will help us identify you when we see you on a hike or other activity.
There is no cost to join TCHM. However, because of Co-Organizer Ed Solstad’s affiliation with the Border Route Trail Association (BRTA), our Meetup fees since 2009 have been included in a subscription with two other Meetup groups and paid by BRTA on our behalf. BRTA pledges to continue that support. Periodically we will initiate a fundraiser to help BRTA with these costs. Participation in fundraisers is welcomed and voluntary.
TCHM is a place for you to get some exercise, have fun and enjoy your favorite outdoor activity with people who share your interests.
We are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, welcoming and harassment-free experience for all TCHM members.
Come join us!
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Saturday Morning Hike - Lebanon Hills Holland Lake Trailhead1100 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN
NOTE: OPTIONAL POST-HIKE LUNCH AT ANSARI GRILL!!
Please join us for a moderately fast-paced hike through the woods and around the ponds and lakes of Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. We will choose a route from several options, ranging from approximately 4.5 to 5.4 miles in length.
Wondering about the pace? Typically it's between a 16 and 17-minute mile. Most people who do a cardio workout (elevated heart rate) three or more times a week have no problem keeping up. We provide maps for anyone who might fall behind.
Let's meet-up outside the Holland Lake Trailhead Pavilion at 9:00 AM. We will make introductions and get going by 9:02.
If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please be respectful of others and update your RSVP in a timely manner. Do your part to stay off the dreaded "no show" list.
Confirmed hikers: Please update your RSVP before 7:00 AM Saturday morning so someone on the waitlist can attend. Waitlist people: Keep an eye open up until 7:00 AM Saturday to see if you made it onto the confirmed list. In the meantime, if your plans have changed, take yourself off the waitlist.
Recommended: Dress for the weather. Layers tend to work well. It may be colder as you start out, but you will warm up during the walk. Bring water as you feel necessary.
Questions: Post questions in the comments section after you RSVP.
Important: ### By signing up for this hike, you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being and release Twin Cities Hiking Group hikers, organizers, events organizers, and members from any (and all) personal injury and property damage liability. ####
- Sunday Morning Hike - MN River Valley Trails-Bloomington + optional lunch/brunchGideon Pond House, Bloomington, MN
Let’s meet up to hike the Minnesota River Valley Trails! We will hike from the Pond Dakota Mission Park to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and back. Following the hike, join us for (optional) lunch/brunch at Taste of Scandinavia Café.
Plan to hike about 6 miles over about 2+ hours at a moderate pace (18-19 min mile, depending on conditions of the trail). We will pause a few times to take in the natural surroundings. It is common to encounter bald eagles, trumpeter swans, cardinals, robins and the occasional barred owl along the trail this time of year.
For an extra workout, CONSIDER BRINGING YOUR PACK! This is optional, but I will be wearing my pack for this hike.
The terrain is uneven and varies with rocks, roots, loose gravel, mud, dirt, snow and ice. There are some hills. We will cross a few shallow water areas-stepping on stones and branches/logs, so you may want to consider waterproof hiking boots and/or hiking poles.
Bathrooms: There is a portable toilet at the trailhead(sometimes in rough shape) and a portable toilet at the half way point of the hike(Old Cedar Bridge).
IMPORTANT: Please honor your RSVP and if your plans change update your status to Not Going at least 24 hours in advance, even if you are on the Waitlist.
HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK: By signing up for this event, you agree to assume personal responsibility for all risks associated with this event, and release the organizers, event hosts, and other members of the venue, from any liability.
REMINDER: All participants are expected to adhere to the guidelines agreed to when signing up for Meetup: https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002897532-Usage-and-content-policies-Rules-for-using-Meetup
Sorry, no dogs, +1s or children allowed on this hike.
We’ll meet at the south end of the parking lot - towards the Gideon Pond House. I look forward to seeing you there!
- December Sunday’s Indoor Pickleball - Join the fun!Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Join Us as we move indoors to play pickleball! We will rotate in and out of play as we’re able. Lots of fun!
Fee: $9 (18-59 yrs) and $6 (60 yrs +).
Location: Check in at front desk and get a wristband. They will direct you to the gym. As usual, I will post each week but will not necessarily be present.
Hope to see you on the court!!
- Murphy-Hanrehan Park Hike(s), flexible distance, Monday MorningMurphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage, MN
Come ready for a moderately-paced hike (approx. 18-20 minutes/mile) in the Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in Savage. Please know yourself and your pace, because I don't want to slow the entire group down too much. We will be pausing occasionally to allow slower hikers to catch up at trail intersections, but if you're too slow, you need to find a different hike. This area is in the north of Murphy-Hanrehan, where there are steep hills. We will hike a route 4-6 miles in length, depending on the condition of the trails, the weather and even the whim of the leader. This hike is also flexible and can be shortened for people who have to leave earlier or want to hike less (We can separate into two groups at a certain intersection). I will have maps to show a shorter route and possibly have a leader who can take those people on the shorter route.
We will hike in light rain, but if conditions look too bad, I'll cancel the hike about 1-1/2 hrs before.
Meet in the MTB Trailhead Parking Lot (pin location shown). For these summer hikes, we will be meeting here and NOT the horse trailer trailhead parking lot. We will be trying to form a circle somewhere to avoid getting hit by cars, run over by people, or vice versa. See the geographical location on the map. There are restroom facilities and water available. Note, that this is a new meeting location compared to the last several weeks. We will start on time if everyone is there, but will only wait five minutes past the hour for late comers.
No pets for this hike. People who don't update their RSVPs for changes or don't show up for the hike can cause others not to come (this can cause others to remain waitlisted). So, please, if your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, update your RSVP in a timely manner so we are not waiting for you at the start and to allow those on the waitlist to attend. If you're on the waitlist, within ~1/2 hour before the hike, do not come. So far, these hikes have not been full, so the waitlist has been a non-issue.
Questions? Send me a message or post your questions in the comments section after your RSVP.
Hike at your own risk. By signing up for this event, you agree to assume personal responsibility for all risks associated with this event, and release the organizers, event hosts, and other members of the venue, from any liability.