We continued our hike on the Minnehaha Parkway May 30th, 2023.
We started our hiking adventure this evening where we left off last week, off of Portland Avenue. Another beautiful night to be out, a bit hot and humid but hey, it’s almost summer.
The Minnehaha Creek and Parkway cuts through a large part of South Minneapolis’ neighborhoods. This means there are many different entry points to access the parkway. There are also many different bridges to cross over the creek. Of course, we had to take in all the different views.
The trail continues under Highway 35W.
Under Nicollet Avenue was next. I find hiking under the highways and roads I use all the time so interesting.
Below one of the bridges was a small dirt island where some ducks took up residence.
Vibrant wildflowers grew alongside the trail.
Along the trail are some giant ancient trees. The trunks on some of these trees are ginormous!
The next main road we went under was Lyndale Avenue.
We continued along the parkway trail towards Lake Harriet.
We reached Lake Harriet and decided to turn around and head back to our starting point.
On our way back, we decided to hike on the other side of the creek for a bit for a different view.
Earlier we had crossed under a long pedestrian bridge. We made sure to find a way to cross over it. It was cool to see the trail below that we had just hiked.
We noticed a pine tree still decorated in holiday ornaments. I have to assume that since only the bottom half was decorated, the gnomes must have done it.
Our hiking adventure was 5.5 miles.