Hike the Pike Island Loop

4.4 miles 151 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Dan Mirocha

One of the Twin Cities' best urban hikes follows a 4-mile loop past the confluence of Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

The Pike Island Loop, located in Fort Snelling State Park, is a beautiful urban hike that circles a lush island at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in the heart of the Twin Cities. In fact, Dakota leaders who inhabited this land considered the meeting of the rivers to be the center of the earth. 

Park near the visitor's center and follow the sidewalk east toward the fort. The sidewalk will turn into a path when you pass the fort. Follow the path down the hill and veer right along the trail that leads to the foot bridge over the Minnesota River. Cross the bridge. You are now on Pike Island. 

There are a variety of trail options that weave throughout a canopy of elm, silver maple and cottonwood trees. Whether you hike clockwise or counterclockwise, there are cross trails that can shorten your adventure.

Click here to view a map of the park.

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Chillin
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Family Friendly
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Forest
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
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almost 3 years ago

The Confluence!

This hike is great! The view when you get to the Confluence of the Mississippi River and the Minnesota River mixing may not be extremely exciting, but I think its cool to see two vary different colors of the river mixing.

Paradise Outside The City

This island is a nice retreat away from the city

Ice Rink

Went on a nice sunny day after a week of above 40s. There was definitely no thaw and unless you have spikes and poles I would consider a different trail. Wonderful views of the river though and will be trying again in a couple weeks

Awesome

Great walk in the fall

Good But No Bikes

Good, but the trail is not well maintained, and it's not bike friendly/accessible. That said, I put up a hammock and stayed here for a couple hours. Beautiful location

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