Out in the Western Suburbs of Minneapolis, run through prairie grass in Baker Park Reserve. I like this running area because
it is so remote. The terrain includes woods, small hills, wetlands, and prairie. The path is paved and well marked with posted maps.
If it's a hot day, choose another site as the wide open spaces in Baker can cook the runner.|
Baker is just one of several park reserves in the Twin Cities area. All of them offer a natural escape from the city and are safe and well maintained. If you want more than running, these are ideal for biking, blading, and biking. In the Winter, the paths shift to cross country ski trails.
Running Path is exactly 6.25 miles to loop. Perfect for your 10K training needs.
|Water: One water fountain on the West end. Carry a water bottle if you dehydrate or if it's hot.|
|Directions: The park is huge. Take Hwy 394 from Downtown Mpls and continue as it turns into Hwy 12. Keep going. You'll pass by Wayzata and through Long Lake. Keep going. After a few more miles you'll see signs for Hwy 29 and Baker Park Road. There is a Dairy Queen on this corner. Take a right. Go .3 miles and turn right into a small parking lot. There is a sign for parking fees so you'll know you've arrived.|
|Parking: Daily fee or annual sticker.|
|Diversions: Just to be out this far is one massive diversion.|