Guided fitness hikes will be offered in Washington County Parks all year round.
Guided fitness hikes will be offered in Washington County Parks all year round.

Guided fitness hikes start off 2017, continue through year

Gather friends to explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes in 2017. The one-hour hikes involve a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way. Trails are a mix of turf, gravel, grass, snow, and pavement depending on trail conditions, time of year, and location.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve hikes are 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Meet at the Nordic Center. Lake Elmo Park Reserve hikes for 2017 are:                                                                                           

  • Jan. 26;
  • Feb. 16;
  • March 9;
  • March 23;
  • April 6;
  • April 20;
  • May 4;
  • May 18;
  • June 1;
  • June 15;
  • June 29;
  • July 13;
  • July 27;
  • Aug. 10;
  • Aug. 24;
  • Sept. 7;
  • Sept. 21;
  • Oct. 3 (a Tuesday Night Hike 6-7 p.m.);
  • Oct. 5;
  • Oct. 17 (a Tuesday Night Hike 6-7 p.m.);
  • Oct. 19;
  • Nov. 2;
  • Nov. 16;
  • Nov.  30; and
  • Dec. 7.
Free Tuesday Fitness Hikes will also be offered. These are hikes on Free Tuesdays, when entrance fees to Washington County Parks are waived, and take place at a variety of Washington County Parks. The Free Fitness Hikes schedule is:
  • May 2  at Big Marine Park Reserve 6-7 p.m. Meet at the playground;
  • June 6  at Pine Point Park 6-7 p.m. Meet at the entrance kiosk;
  • July 4   at Washington County Historic Courthouse   6-7 p.m. Meet on the front stairs; and
  • Aug. 1 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park 6-7 p.m. Meet at the hilltop pavilion.
The Washington County Historic Courthouse invites everyone to experience a guided, 60-minute Historic Stairs Fitness Hike through downtown Stillwater. Hikes include a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way, with a little history mixed throughout. Hikes traverse uneven and steep historic staircases, paved trail, and sidewalks. Wear athletic footwear and dress for the weather. These hikes are free, but a $10 recommended donation for each person for each hike goes to benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
The Historic Courthouse is at 101 W. Pine St. in Stillwater. Call 651-275-7075 for more information. The History Hikes from the Historic Courthouse schedule is:
  • May 6;
  • June 3;
  • July 1; and
  • Aug. 5.

Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If light rain, class will go on as scheduled. For those ages 13 and older, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. For Washington County park locations, see www.co.washington.mn.us/parks
For questions, call 651-430-8370 or email at parks@co.washington.mn.us.
These programs are free with a Washington County Parks vehicle permit ($7/day or $30/annual, with the exception of the Free Tuesday hikes and the History Hikes.
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