Hike the Pike Island Loop

Pike Island Loop - Search Nearby - 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.

Distance

4.4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

151 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Minneapolis Southwest KOA

Jordan, Minnesota

Minneapolis Northwest KOA

Maple Grove, Minnesota

Rochester / Marion KOA

Rochester, Minnesota

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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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

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