Minneapolis: Pike Island Loop

Catch the light rail to this loop to see the confluence of two rivers and circle a lush island in the heart of the Twin Cities.
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Catch the light rail to this loop to see the confluence of two rivers and circle a lush island in the heart of the Twin Cities.

Mapped by Steffan Fay

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.2

Waypoints

PIL001

Location: 44.8927040100098, -93.1983184814453

Walk E along Minnehaha Ave. In .3 mi., R @ T onto Tower Rd. In .4 mi., L @ T onto Bloomington Rd.; follow under freeway, then R @ T onto Historic Fort Rd.; head NE across parking lot

PIL002

Location: 44.8936386108398, -93.1851501464844

Gaze over the Mississippi winding between lush banks; faint cluster of skyscrapers rises above N horizon. Head S across lot, then turn L onto path toward fort

PIL003

Location: 44.8923034667969, -93.1819686889648

Pass Ft. Snelling on L (built 1825), once a 19th century fur-trade hub. Descend stairs; in 275 ft., go L @ T for brief downhill into woods

PIL004

Location: 44.8919448852539, -93.179443359375

Go straight @ 4-way, heading SE past park signs

PIL005

Location: 44.8907737731934, -93.178337097168

Bear L @ 3-way; cross footbridge to Pike Island; mature cottonwoods form a healthy canopy overhead

PIL006

Location: 44.8910293579102, -93.1772994995117

Turn L @ T. Head N on packed trail to begin loop of island's leafy perimeter

PIL007

Location: 44.8923492431641, -93.176513671875

Curve NE; many side trails lead to wooded riverbanks. In roughly 500 ft., stay straight @ 3-way

PIL008

Location: 44.8936576843262, -93.164306640625

Straight @ 3-way; continue NE, paralleling Mississippi River

PIL009

Location: 44.8968658447266, -93.1507797241211

The Mississippi and Minnesota rivers meet at the narrow E tip of Pike Island; to continue, follow trail as it swings SW

PIL010

Location: 44.8920211791992, -93.1609497070312

Straight @ 3-way; mellow trail weaves through verdant forest

PIL011

Location: 44.8880767822266, -93.1728591918945

Straight @ 3-way; pass post with lines indicating island's historic flood levels. Take trail back to WPT 6, then backtrack to start

Light Rail

Location: 44.8928680419922, -93.1983261108398

©Steffan Fay

Mississippi River

Location: 44.8935775756836, -93.1850891113281

Downtown Minneapolis can be seen on the horizon. ©Steffan Fay

Fort Snelling

Location: 44.8923110961914, -93.1815567016602

©Steffan Fay

Footbridge to Pike Island

Location: 44.8908653259277, -93.1785430908203

©Steffan Fay

Woods

Location: 44.8879127502441, -93.1744689941406

©Steffan Fay

Barges on the river

Location: 44.8883056640625, -93.170654296875

©Steffan Fay

Sunrise reflected on glassy waters

Location: 44.8929710388184, -93.1710815429688

©Steffan Fay

Pre-dawn View

Location: 44.8922882080078, -93.1764831542969

Looking down the Mississippi from it's confluence with the Minnesota. ©Steffan Fay

View from E tip of Pike Island

Location: 44.8968315124512, -93.1507568359375

©Steffan Fay

Flood Marker

Location: 44.8882293701172, -93.1763381958008

©Steffan Fay