Winchell Trail

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Trail Distance: 2.5 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Does your pup fancy a lovely walk along the mighty Mississippi River? Then an afternoon walk on the Winchell Trail is definitely in order. This woofderful trail saunters down the west banks of the river and provides amazing scenery to two legged and four legged visitors alike.

The trail begins just off 44th Avenue. From here it travels north along puptacular bluffs that overlook the river. Some parts of the trail are paved, but for the most part it is a natural surface. 

The West River Parkway runs parallel to the Winchell Trail, but it’s a multiuse pathway while Winchell Trail is just for pedestrians. There are a few sets of stairs that connect the two trails. You will also find spur trails that veer off of Winchell Trail and lead into the surrounding woods. If your pup needs some adventure in their life, take a side journey and see what you can discover in the Mississippi Gorge.

Even though they haven’t left the city, your furry friend will feel like they are trekking through the wilderness. The trail runs through an oak savanna restoration project and is always surrounded by trees. During the fall, the colorful leaves make this an extra beautiful hike. There are plenty of spots where you and your canine hiker can paws for a break and admire the gorgeous scenery.

Before you and your pupster leave home, make sure you fill up a couple water bottles. You and your doggo are sure to need a refreshing drink during your hike. Also, pack some clean up bags so you can pick up after your pooch. Make no mistake, a hike on this trail will leave your pup’s tail waggin’!

Trail Features
Forest, River, Easy Incline, Urban
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
After a rainstorm, the trail can be pretty muddy. Have a towel on hand to wipe off your doggo's paws before they get back in the car.
Address
4357-4367 W River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours
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Address
4357-4367 W River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset