Hike the Pike Island Loop

Minnesota Pike Island Loop

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.

Pack List

  • $5 to enter the state park
  • Walking shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



4.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

151 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area

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4 months ago


Great walk in the fall

4 months ago

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Added by Dan Mirocha

Always up for an adventure, both urban and off-the-grid. Instagram: @danmirocha

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