Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55437

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve Professional Guide

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"A local favorite for over twenty years, the trail system at Murphy has risen to the highest ranks of fat tire destinations, thanks to the dedication and cooperation of the Three Rivers Park District and MORC. Explore three expertly designed loops in this undeveloped, wildlife-packed park reserve."

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Minneapolis and St. Paul (Menasha Ridge Press)
Tom Watson
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"With two networks of hiking trails (this hike takes place in the northern section), Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve offers some of the most challenging terrain for hiking of all the parks in the region. The northern section of the park, east of County Road 75, contains about half of the 18.2 miles of hiking trails within the park. The extreme northeast trail network in this part, numbered 4–9 on the trail map, is closed to access April–August to protect nesting birds in this section of the park reserve. All of the mountain biking trails are across the road (CR 75) in their own section."
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling (Falcon Guides)
Joe Baur
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"A local favorite for over twenty years, the trail system at Murphy has risen to the highest ranks of fat tire destinations, thanks to the dedication and cooperation of the Three Rivers Park District and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC). Explore three expertly designed loops in this undeveloped, wildlife-packed park reserve. One of the first metro area parks to ordain mountain bike–specific trails, Murphy- Hanrehan’s early paths were created prior to the sensible trend of sustainable trail building. Often rutted or eroding, the trails charged up and down hills and shot through the woods with little regard to fall lines or harmonious relations with the natural terrain."
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul: Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling (Falcon Guides)
Joe Baur
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"Hiking the trails in the northeastern corner of Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve is like riding a roller coaster, or as close as you’re likely to get while hiking anyway. Over the 5.8-mile hike, you’ll climb rugged hills and then do your best not pitch forward and roll right down their descents. It’s a fun and often challenging hike through forest and along ridges carved by glaciers many millennia ago. As an added bonus, the reserve carries the National Audubon Society’s Important Bird Area designation."

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve Trip Reports

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8/7/2006
Area codes have been split up and the Park district name has changed; Three Rivers Park District. Elm Creek Parkway and others have been moved within this site, as well. The Murphy-Hanrehan trail in particular opens in August each year, including this year.
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10/25/2001
Murphy H. is a great riding spot, that everyone should check out at some point. While there is no real singletrack here, this roller-coaster of a trail through the woods is a hoot to ride anyway. Fast descents are coupled with tough climbs to give the rider a great interval type workout. The surrounding environment is beautiful, and one must keep an eye out for deer, wild turkeys, and a host of other wildlife. It is recommended that beginners and intermediates really take it easy until they feel comfortable, especially on some downhills which are quite rocky and gravelly in places. Overall, this is a great ride, with about 5 miles of trail. One should note that the riding here is only open during late summer/early fall. Also, you need to pay for a Hennepin Parks parking permit to park in the lot, so call before you go. Have fun!!!
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Trail Information

Minneapolis
Nearby City
10
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
45 minutes
Duration
Spring to Fall
Season
Rolling, with a few punchy climbs, on sublime singletrack trail through open meadows and dense forest
Local Contacts
DeLorme Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer map 76
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