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Minnehaha Falls Regional Park

Easy/Intermediate

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2.2 mile 3.6 kilometer loop
96% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 201' 61 m
Descent: -201' -61 m
High: 843' 257 m
Low: 707' 215 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Starting at the iconic Minnehaha Falls, this 2.1-mile run will take you on quick descent to the scenic river valley.

Kristen Arendt

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

Overview

Starting at the iconic Minnehaha Falls, this 2.1-mile run will take you on a quick descent to the Mississippi River valley and along the final and fastest portion of Minnehaha Creek as it races to its terminus at the Mississippi River. This is a relaxed and beautiful run for the entire family. During the spring, summer, and fall you may see a variety of wildlife from Great Blue Herons to painted turtles. This should be toward the top of your list of local runs to tackle!

Description

This run starts in the heart of Minnehaha Falls Regional Park. This area provides dining options, playgrounds, and other opportunities to supplement your run with more time outside! The descent to the base of the falls begins at a staircase in between the falls and the statue of Hiawatha, a prominent Native American Leader in the area. Once in the river valley, follow the flow of the creek until you hit the Mississippi.

The trail down to the river has gradual elevation change; it is the ascent out of the valley will get your blood flowing! Take a few minutes at the wading area to get your feet wet. This part of the creek can move pretty quickly when the water levels are high so exercise caution as you cool off your feet. After following the creek upstream, you can head into a large field which will make the run back to the top of the valley easier! The recreation opportunities in this park, especially this run, makes the trip well worth it!

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Photos

Minnehaha Falls at dusk.
Dec 16, 2016 near West Sa…, MN
Natural wading pool area along Minnehaha Creek, just below the falls.
Feb 14, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Frozen Minnehaha Falls
Feb 11, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park in winter
Feb 14, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
Bridge 1 at the base of Minnehaha Falls makes for a prime spot for viewing the falls.
Feb 11, 2019 near West Sa…, MN
End of the Minnehaha Creek Trail, at bridge 5, where Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River.
Feb 11, 2019 near Mendota…, MN

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