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January 2024 Hiking Schedule

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SUNDAY hikes start at 2:30 p.m., go approx. 5 miles and last approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours.


TUESDAY hikes start at 11:30 a.m., go approx. 3 miles, and last approx. 1 hour.

The SPHC walks at a moderate speed of 2.5 - 3.5 mph. Hikers are expected to maintain that pace. (17-24 min. mile) Hikes start on time.

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Tuesday, 01/2/24 Vicky Beutel 651.335.8079

Meeting Location: Meet at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary, 11980 Lexington Ave NE, Blaine.

Directions: Go north on Lexington to 125th Ave NE, make a U-turn at the stop light. Entrance will be .6 miles south of 125th on the right hand side. 

Hike Description: Flat trail.

Treats: Lucy’s Burgers 4365 Pheasant Ridge Dr NE, Blaine, MN 55449

Sunday, 01/7/24 Bob Tholkes 763.913.4453

Meeting Location: Meet 503 North Asbury Street & Sherburne Avenue, Saint Paul, MN.

Directions: Street parking on Asbury or Sherburne.

Hike Description: CENTENNIAL HIKE 4.0: On January 5, 1924, club founder Grace Cummings and her soon-to- be husband Jerry Villars led a hike from the “Asbury Cafe, Asbury & Sherburne (near Snelling & University)” for a hike “in the vicinity”. We’ll meet at the same corner and do the same: north to Hamline U. and back via Lexington Pkwy. 

Treats: Since the cafe is gone, food & bevs after at Culver’s, 1 block east at 1491 University Ave W.

Tuesday, 01/9/24 Judy Nelson 651.738.1972

Meeting Location: Meet in the parking lot of IHOP, 7680 10th St. N., Oakdale.

Directions: Take 694 to 10th St. exit, go east, turn left onto Helmo Ave N., turn right into the IHOP parking lot. 

Hike Description: We will hike neighborhood trails.

Treats: IHOP

Sunday, 01/14/24 Rick & Rose Nelson 651.283.5241

Meeting Location: Meet at Costco in Maplewood, 1431 Beam Ave. 

Directions: North side of parking lot.

Hike Description: The hike will be a high voltage walk with a skyline view on paved trails & streets with a short boardwalk. Be prepared for some hills.

Treats: TBD


Tuesday, 01/16/24 Bonnie Wold 651.307.5585

Meeting Location:  Meet at Pebble Park, 8160 Lake Jane Trail N, Lake Elmo

Directions: From 694 take County Hwy 14 east, turn north on Ideal (at red barn) go .5 miles, turn east on Lake Jane Trail N. Pebble Park is 1 block on the left. 

Hike Description: We’ll walk on hilly roads & wooded paths in the Tri-Lakes area of Lake Elmo. 

Treats: Cozzies Tavern & Grill, 11154 60th St N. Stillwater.

Sunday, 01/21/24 Vic & Viv Fickling 651.777.6103

Meeting Location: Meet at Battle Creek Waterpark, 2401 Upper Afton Rd in Maplewood.

Directions: South of Hwy 94 on McKnight N then turn east on Upper Alton Rd.

Hike Description: We will walk down to Hwy 61 and surrounding areas and return up hill.

Treats: Culvers, 2065 Old Hudson Road, just west of the Sunray Shopping Center.


Tuesday, 01/23/24 Sharon Heaton 612.581.4638 Bernie Wildes 612.598.8792

Meeting Location: Meet in the parking lot of Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East 7th St., Maplewood

Directions: North of Minnehaha and west of Century Ave in Maplewood.

Hike Description: We’ll hike the nature preserve and Union Cemetery. 

Treats: Catrinas Grill, 1091 Geneva Ave N.

Sunday, 01/28/24 Celeste Riley 651.398.8177

Meeting Location: Park at Thompson Lighting Protection, 901 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale.

Directions: HWY 35E exit at Sibley Memorial Hwy MN-13 and go east. 

Hike Description: We will cross the road and begin at the trailhead that goes through Valley Park in Mendota Heights. Out & back. 

Treats: TBD

Tuesday, 01/30/24 Lyle Mowery 651.503.3395

Meeting Location: Meet in the parking lot of Holman’s Table at the Downtown St Paul Airport, 644 Bayfield St., St Paul. 

Directions: From Hwy #52, take the Plato Blvd Exit to the Airport Terminal Building.

Hike Description: We’ll hike mostly paved roads/trails between the hangers and the Mississippi River, then onto Fillmore Ave. (The MAC usually keeps these roads plowed in the event of snow). 

Treats: Holman’s Table 

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