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A great trail encircling Pike Island with views of the mighty Mississippi made mightier by the Minnesota River.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

98%

Runnable

775' 236 m

High

695' 212 m

Low

200' 61 m

Up

208' 63 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

The park is open from 8 am to 10 pm daily.

Description

Along this loop, runners will descend along the Mississippi and Minnesota River valleys and see the point where these two great rivers converge. You'll the see impact that these rivers have had on the landscape and on Minnesota history. Pike Island is home to a variety of bird species including bald eagles and great blue herons. Make sure you remember the binoculars!

Flora & Fauna

Beavers, river otters, herons, egrets, and bald eagles.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  3.8 from 5 votes

#14897

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Trail Rankings

#175

in Minnesota

#14,897

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Photos

View of the Pike Island path
Aug 7, 2017 near Mendota…, MN
The Mississippi and Minnesota River confluence is quite a sight.
Mar 17, 2017 near Mendota…, MN
Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, New Year's Day, 2023.
Jan 2, 2024 near Mendota…, MN
On the Pike Island loop trail in winter.
Jan 2, 2024 near Mendota…, MN
Minnesota River at Wita Tanka (Pike Island), Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota.
Jul 19, 2019 near Mendota…, MN

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Nov 12, 2019
Alex Schmies
Ran in 20 degree. Too warm 3.2mi
Jun 21, 2017
Marcos Quinto
3.2mi
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