Hyland Lake Park Reserve

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Summary

Scenic prairie trails offer great ski trails for cross country enthusiasts of all levels and Hyland Lake Park Reserve is close to Minneapolis.

Written by

Louis Dzierzak

Distance

9.5 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

10.8 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

2

Time To Complete

2 hours

Varies

Seasonality

Winter

Winter - Early Spring

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

Yes

Daily Pass $8

Land Website

Hyland Park Reserve

Review

Intro

Hyland Lake Park Reserve is a bit of a hidden gem in the Bloomington/Minneapolis South Metro area. While Bloomington’s main tourist attraction is undoubtedly the Mall of America, Hyland is a much better attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. Spanning 2,565 acres, the City of Bloomington and Three Rivers Park District work together maintaining this monster of a winter wonderland.  

What Makes It Great

Nine and a half miles of trails wind through the park system around lakes, through prairies, and deep into the woods.  Opening at 5am for the early birds and closing at 10 pm give an ample amount of time to get out on the trails. For those night owls there are almost five and a half miles of lit trails. And you don’t have to worry about not having snow. Hyland uses snow making to cover three miles of lit trails of man-made snow as soon as the temperature is right. 

There are trails for every skier at Hyland, from the advanced to the beginner everyone has the opportunity to enjoy some of Minnesota’s best trails. The Star Loop that begins right at the visitor center is littered with rolling hills and the Oak Knob loop is a perfect trail for those looking for a nice relaxing ski through the woods. For those seeking more of a challenge the North Trail has plenty of climbing and turns.  

Who is Going to Love It

There are trails for every skier at Hyland, from the advanced to the beginner everyone has the opportunity to enjoy some of Minnesota’s best trails. The Star Loop that begins right at the visitor center is littered with rolling hills and the Oak Knob loop is a perfect trail for those looking for a nice relaxing ski through the woods. For those seeking more of a challenge the North Trail has plenty of climbing and turns.  

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Parking is available at the visitors lodge off of Bush Lake Road. There is also an entrance on 94th street with parking available at the church across the street from the entrance. If you do not have a trail pass purchase one at the visitors lodge or online.

Daily Trail Pass (12 and older): $8
Individual Season Pass (12 and older): $65
Additional Season Pass within the same household: $32.50
Rental equipment is available at the Visitor center. Classic, skate and youth skis poles and boots are all available.
Classic Adult-$11
Classic Youth-$7
Skate- $16
Sit Ski- no charge Contact before Renting.
This covers skis boots and poles for the day.
Ski lessons are also available. Lessons are 1.5 hours, with one-on-one and group packages available.

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Location

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

10145 Bush Lake Road
Bloomington, MN, 55438
44.824863, -93.371782

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