North Cedar Lake Regional Trail

Minneapolis, North Cedar Lake Regional Trail

North Cedar Lake Regional Trail is a paved trail which links Minneapolis’s Warehouse District to both the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail and the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail in Hopkins. Conveniently, it intersects the Kenilworth Trail as part of the Cedar Lake Loop and a trail spur of the Luce Line State Trail going south from Theodore Wirth Regional Park along the Bassett Creek Regional Trail.

Access

You can park in Hopkins park in the lot at the Depot Coffee House. Take the Excelsior Boulevard / County Road 3 exit, and then take a left onto Excelsior Blvd. The coffee house will be on your right in 0.2 mile.

Unofficial parking areas for trail access can be found in Aquila Park on West 31st Street near Aquila Avenue.

More details

There is a section of the trail that consists of three separate paths: two unidirectional paths for bicyclists and a multidirectional trail for pedestrians. Near the trail’s midpoint, bikers and runners will pass the trail’s namesake lake. Just east of Cedar Lake, the Kenilworth Trail begins, which takes trail users through the ritzy Kenwood neighborhood to the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail. People said that this is the nicest part of the trail.

Or you can get onto the Luce Line Trail where the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail passes Bryn Mawr Meadows Park and this trial will bring you to a much longer journey westward.

In Minneapolis, the trail, which is often referred to as the bike freeway, follows under Target Field, and immediately next to its rail station. There is a trail’s terminus in the north Minneapolis where you can find it connect to the West River Parkway Trail. You may pick it up and enjoy another pleasant ride along the Mississippi River.


*Images from Three Rivers Park District.

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14.234 km / 8.844 mi

Total Distance

135 m / 442 ft

Total Ascent

168 m / 553 ft

Total Descent

292 m / 957 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Sightseeing
Commuter
Rail Trail
Gravel
Various
EPIC Ride
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 9.0
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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