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October 10, 2016

  

Eden Prairie, MN

  

Richard T Anderson Conservation Area Hike

 
Coordinator: Patty Fitzgerald & John Stiefel

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  Photos by: Patty Fitzgerald  
     
     
   

   Photos by: Nancy Sand  
   
     
   

 
RICHARD T ANDERSON CONSERVATION AREA HIKE
   
Monday, October 10th was a beautiful day and 14 ULLRs enjoyed hiking thru the Richard T Anderson conservation area in Eden Prairie. This park is 125 acres and consists of 4 miles of hiking trails within a very geologically diverse setting. Wedged between a suburban neighborhood and the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, it has some very steep hills with trails thru big woods, and amazing views of the Minnesota River.  
   
We began our hike on a trail thru bottomland forest. Some of the group headed up a steep trail and others took the longer trail thru the woods, but both groups were greeted with sweeping views of the Minnesota River Valley while standing in upland grassland.  We then walked thru big woods on a winding trail and came upon a large muddy spot that we decided not to walk thru. Led by Ken M we found an alternate way thru the woods, over some downed trees and made it back to the trail. From there, we found another trail that headed back up to the ridgeline. With all the recent rain, we discovered that we had to jump over a small stream but all made it safely. We climbed up and up and up and finally made it to the ridgeline. We eventually exited the woods and walked thru rolling prairie, stopped to look for Indian mounds and wound our way back to the parking area.
   
After the hike, 11 of us enjoyed burgers at the Lions Tap.
   
by Patty Fitzgerald 
   

 

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