Hiking Club

Hiking for Health and Friendship

This special interest group is for members who want to maintain or increase their fitness and enjoy the great outdoors. What is hiking, after all, if not walking with better footwear! Join us as we hike trails around the Twin Cities and in nearby State Parks.

Hikes will be held from April through October on the first and third Mondays of the month, except for holidays. During the winter months (November through March), one hike a month will be held on the first Monday. Hikes will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last about two hours. The summer schedule may include an urban hike or a longer hike at a county or state park, followed by lunch and maybe even a visit to a winery or brewery. Hikes will be held in light rain or snow but not a thunderstorm or a blizzard. Hike leaders have the discretion to cancel a hike because of extreme cold, heat or windchills. If a hike is canceled, attendees will receive a text or email by 8 am on the day of the hike.

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Members are encouraged to lead one hike a year on their favorite trail. Hikes will generally range from 4 to 7 miles and go at a moderate pace, depending on the terrain, weather, and even the will of the leader and hikers! 

In keeping with UMRA policies, all hikers must be vaccinated (and boosted if eligible) against the Covid-19 virus.

Please contact Hiking Club organizer Bev Moe at [email protected] if you would like to be a member and receive hiking emails. Include your name, cell phone number and zip code in your email to Bev. 

You must sign up online for each hike. Your completed form will be sent to the organizer (Bev) and shared with that month's hike leader, and used to be sure everyone has arrived. Registrations will be accepted up to 24 hours before a hike. Within 24 hours, please email Bev or the leader to be added to the list of hikers.  If you find you are unable to attend, be sure to let us know as well.

Revised August 7, 2022

Upcoming Events

Richardson Nature Center
Event date:

Join us for a 4 to 5 mile hike at one of the most popular parks in the West Metro, Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington.  It is located at the north end of Hyland Lake Park Reserve at 8737 East Bush Lake Road in Bloomington.  This trail is mostly dirt and grass with some paved areas.  Enjoy the park's wildlife and celebrate Tax Day with your UMRA hiking friends!

Arboretum hike map May 6, 2024
Event date:

We are so fortunate to have former Arboretum Director and UMRA member, Peter Moe lead this approx 3.7 mile hike at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!  We will meet on the welcoming terrace and travel through the Arboretum's Display Gardens, Sensory Garden, Woodland Wildflower Garden,  Shade Tree Exhibit, Tall Grass Prairie, Rhododendron Garden, 1920 Red Barn and the Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Sphagnum Bog and Green Heron Pond, Display Gardens and many other gardens and plant collections.