Route Details

  • Start: Lake Hiawatha Park
  • End: Wabun Picnic Area (part of Minnehaha Regional Park)
  • Distance: 2 miles

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If you’ve never been, Wabun is a huge playground with a great splashpad. The main play structure has a foam floor (no rubber chips!), while another area has sand. It’s a bit removed from the chaos of Sea Salt and Minnehaha Falls, but it’s still a very popular place, especially because of the great pool.

Summary

Take the Minnehaha Creek trail towards the falls (follow the current). Follow the trail all the way – over Hiawatha Ave., through the roundabout, and past Minnehaha Falls. Hang a right at the 4-way stop (46th Ave.) and go up the hill to the parking lot.

Bike racks by the pool, or on the far side of the playground.

Map

Turn-by-Turn

  • Follow the park trail past Lake Hiawatha beach heading south
  • Go left at the fork, heading toward 28th Ave.
  • Cross 28th Ave, and continue on the trail along Minnehaha Creek.
  • Trail continues under a bridge (34th Ave.), and up to a T-intersection at Hiawatha Ave.
  • Go right onto the trail parallel to Hiawatha Ave.
  • Go left at the top of the small hill. This is Minnehaha Pkwy. You’re now heading east.
  • Down the hill, you’ll see the upcoming roundabout (you know the one).
  • Roundabout pt. 1: Bear left past the Nice Ride station and cross Minnehaha Ave.
  • Roundabout pt. 2: Bear right as the trail continues across Minnehaha Pkwy.
  • Roundabout pt. 3: Once across the parkway, immediately go left to stay on the trail. You’re still headed east.
  • Follow the parkway past Minnehaha Falls until a 4-way stop at 46th Ave.
  • Go right at 46th Ave. Start heading up the hill, and cross 46th at the stop sign. You’re almost there!
  • Bear right at the fork at the top of the hill. Continue past the bathrooms to the bike racks.