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The MSPT: Minneapolis West Bank

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

10.0 mile 16.1 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,243' 379 m
Descent: -1,197' -365 m
High: 849' 259 m
Low: 710' 216 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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An urban wild trail in the Mississippi River Gorge, Fort Snelling State Park to downtown MPLS.

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

West River Parkway under construction - expect detours. Other construction at St. Thomas boat house.

Description

From the Fort Snelling SP Visitor Center, head upriver to the Minnehaha Off Leash Recreation Area via the paved Minnehaha Trail. Pick your path through the dog park until the north end, then follow the riverbank trail to Minnehaha Park.

Skirt the Veteran's Home and lock and dam. Watch for singletrack re entering the forested bluff. Follow the singletrack along bluff exposures, through floodplain forest, over beaches, creeks and crumbled limestone. Resort to the Winchell Trail or paved parkway paths if to bypass any sections too challenging.

After Interstate 35, follow West River Parkway to University of Minnesota campus, St. Anthony Main Street, and your favorite happy hour establishment!

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Sep 22, 2016
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A spring-fed creek in the park.
Apr 5, 2016 near Mendota…, MN
End of the Minnehaha Creek Trail, at bridge 5, where Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River.
Feb 11, 2019 near Mendota…, MN
Bluff exposure on the MSPT.
Apr 5, 2016 near Mendota…, MN
View of the turret.
Jun 24, 2015 near Mendota…, MN
Heart carvings in the soft limestone walls
Feb 11, 2019 near Mendota…, MN
View from where Minnehaha Creek spills into the Mississippi River. Facing east toward St. Paul.
Feb 11, 2019 near Mendota…, MN

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