Hiking The Gateway State Trail
The 30th most popular hiking trail in Minnesota.
Monday 15 August 2016 05:21 GMT
Starting in St. Paul, the Gateway State Trail is a paved 18.3 mile multi-purpose route open to hiking. This paved trail cuts through a cross-section of urban areas, parks, lakes, wetlands and fields in Ramsey and Washington Counties. Many trail users are surprised to find these rural landscapes so close to the metro area, while others appreciate the access it provides to downtown and the State Capitol complex.
Located on a former Soo Line Railway grade, the trail is very level and is wheelchair accessible. It provides access to other trail opportunities in Phalen-Keller Regional Park, connections to Stillwater and other destinations in Washington County.
For 9.7 miles of the Gateway, between I-694 and the eastern end at Pine Point Park, the paved trail adjoins a separate, unpaved trail for horseback riding or carriage driving. These 9.7 miles are groomed for cross country skiing in the winter on the paved trail. Motorized vehicles are not permitted anywhere on the trail.
Trail Access Points:
- South of the intersection of Co. Rd. B and White Bear Avenue at Maplewood
- Near the intersection of Hwy. 36 and I-694. Take Hwy. 36 to Hadley Avenue in
Oakdale. Turn south go 1/4 block to 55th Street North. Turn east (left) go 1/2 mile to
parking lot on south (right) near I-694 overpass.
- Near Lake Masterman on Hwy. 96 in Grant.
- The trails eastern end. Take County Road 55 to Pine Point Park five miles north of
Stillwater. Turn west (left) to parking lot in the park. There is a small parking fee
Directions to Pine Point County Park (northeastern terminus of the trail):
From State Highway 96, turn north on County Road 55 north for three miles. Turn left into the park.
From County Road 7, turn south on County Road 55. Then turn right into the park.
Overall, Gateway State Trail is the 30th most popular hiking trail of all 31 hikes in Minnesota. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Gateway State Trail including Parkers Ridge Trail and Minnesota Valley State Trail.