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Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Easy/Intermediate
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Trail

9.6 mile 15.4 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 569' 173 m
Descent: -568' -173 m
High: 1,015' 309 m
Low: 888' 271 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Craig Long

A larger loop with a couple of out and back legs and multiple starting points.

Craig Long

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Get lost in the wilderness right in town. Though this park does see a fair amount of traffic, most of your time will be spent alone. The trees and several lakes in this park give the run a north-woods feel. This trail is easy enough for the novice but experienced runners will also enjoy the many miles and beautiful scenery.

Need to Know

Water and bathrooms are available year-round at all three trailheads. There's a beach and showers at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center to cool you off after the run.

The trail is mostly shaded. Bring bug spray in season. Some trails are used by horses. Avoid the ski trails in the winter.

Runner Notes

Nothing technical here other than some bridges and boardwalks that might get slippery.

Description

Several start points are possible. This track starts at the Jensen Lake Trailhead but you could also start at the Holland Lake Trailhead to the north, the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center to the northeast, or the Dodd Road access at the southeast corner.

Much of the trail will take you around the edges of the many lakes. Other parts will take you deep into the woods. While there are some minor hills here and there, there is nothing that will be daunting.

The route can easily be modified to just about any length you wish. There are 19 miles of trails available in the summer.

The trail is very well marked. At each crossroad you'll see a "You Are Here" sign, the number associated with that crossroads, and as you go in any possible signs saying "To #" so you know which crossroads your heading to.

Please be aware of your fellow trail users, and give right of way to equestrians and slower moving groups.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers can be found in some areas of the park. Cranes, herons and other birds call the waters of the lake home, as well as smaller wildlife seen frequenting the banks.

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Land Manager: Dakota County Parks

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May 20, 2019
Jason Djuren
Lots of birds. Trail conditions were incredible with just a few wet spots. Definitely looking forward to going back. 4.8mi
May 16, 2018
NICOLAS NOUVEL
what a cool hidden gem. was there on a Wed around lunch time. very few people there. plenty of birds to observe. overall trail was dry. there are s… 5.1mi
Mar 19, 2017
Ross Perigo
Trails very wet - and had to walk in many places - nearby pike loop was better option today 2mi
Oct 8, 2016
Candy Almquist
Lots of trails. Great for running!! 3mi

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  4.4 from 18 votes

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Photos

Photo of the trail.
Jun 30, 2016 near Eagan, MN
Trail along Lake Jensen in the winter (obviously).
Jan 26, 2016 near Eagan, MN
Schulze Lake
Jul 19, 2019 near Eagan, MN
Photo of one of the lake crossings from the bridge.
Jun 30, 2016 near Eagan, MN

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