Murphy Hanrehan Park

Savage, Minnesota 55378

Murphy Hanrehan Park

Murphy Hanrehan Park Professional Review and Guide

"Extremely challenging loop with constant tough climbs and raging descents; quiet loop through scenic, uncrowded park. Note that trail does not open until August each year. Tread: Entire loop is hard-packed singletrack, with some loose gravel thrown in for a little flavor."

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"One of the least-developed regional parks, and also the most rugged, with the trail going along steep glacial hills by Hanrahan Lake. Murphy Hanrahan has three lakes, a couple dozen ponds, some former farmland in varying stages of restoration to prairie, and oak-covered hills.

It also offers prime wildlife habitat, including that for birds seldom seen in Minnesota: the hooded warbler, blue-winged warbler, and Acadian flycatcher. The land is some of the most rugged in the regional park system, worked into shape by glacial action. Here the hiking path climbs steep hills and descends alongside low pothole ponds to make for an invigorating, but short hike. Special attractions: Bird watching and kames (conical hills)."

"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."

"With two networks of hiking trails (this hike takes place in only the north section), Murphy- Hanrehan Park Reserve offers some of the most challenging terrain for hiking of all the parks in the region."

"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."

"Murphy is another top choice among locals and is used by many for serious training. Make no mistake, this trail will make you work. The steep, grueling climbs are matched by the high-speed, technical descents.

The loop is short but tough. The tread is excellent, and the trail passes through rolling woodlands with scenic views of adjacent lakes. This area is sensitive to erosion and the trail is only open from August 15 to October 31 to preserve the trails. Tread: Entire loop is hard-packed singletrack, with some loose gravel thrown in for a little flavor."

"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 Reviews

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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

Savage
Nearby City
6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
30-40 minutes.
Duration
Hennepin County Parks
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