Eagle Point Lake Loop (Lake Elmo, MN) 07-Feb-2023

We know it’s wrong, oh so wrong, to begin anticipating the warm, gentle caress of summer in early February in Minnesota. But today’s weather was gorgeously sunny ๐Ÿ˜Ž and above freezing and not too windy. It tempted us to ignore the many weeks of winter that lie ahead. They do, but we were weak and wanted to believe.

So we believed and went outside – to Lake Elmo Park Reserve – and did a nice walk around Eagle Point Lake. And the weather was amazing for early February in Minnesota. Suspiciously Spring-like. Not exactly shorts weather but close. And we were fine with that. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And there were no deer flies and we were (extra) fine with that too. ๐Ÿคจ

Plus, today was also the free (no $7/day vehicle fee) First Tuesday at Lake Elmo. ๐Ÿค‘ So we got a few hours of good exercise in suspiciously Spring-like weather for free!

And, judging from the numerous people we passed on the trail, and the many cars in the parking lots, others were fine with sunshine for free too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The park west of the entrance road harbors the multi-use trails (skiers are to the east, between the road and Lake Elmo). We started at the big lot just off the entrance road and went clockwise around the lake on the Eagle Point Trail and a bit of the Bluestem Trail.

We noticed boot, ski, and snowshoe tracks going off in various directions from the established trail. Traveling along the edge of or across the (hopefully) frozen lakes seemed popular.

On the way to Intersection 10W
The south end of Eagle Point Lake
On the way to Intersection 8W
A Wild Cucumber fruit pod from last summer
A massive Plains Cottonwood along the trail
Through a colonnade of oaks
Along the edge of restored prairie near Intersection 7W
The information sign for the restored prairie
Continuing on toward 7W
Continuing a growing obsession with sunlight and shadow
Toward 5W
The north end of Eagle Point Lake from the bridge between 5W and 7W
On toward 4W
More shadows and sunlight
Approaching the parking lot at 13W

On our recent hikes, we’ve often come across a single glove either affixed to, or next to, a sign post. Do these gloves eventually go to where those missing single socks go – from when you put a pair in the drier but only one comes out – The Island of Lost Socks? Or, come Spring melt-out, will we find rafts of single gloves bobbing in our creeks and rivers on their way toward the Gulf of Mexico? We might need a Jimmy Buffet song about Minnesota’s lost gloves washing ashore in Florida. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A single glove hangs abandoned
On toward 12W
Down the hill at 2W
Birches in winter
Almost back to 1W

All the good trails and signage we’ve encountered in Minnesota’s parks have been a bit soporific. We need to start being more adventurous again. To that end, we could see ourselves doing some cross-country snowshoeing here between established intersections when there’s good snow cover. Maybe next winter (unless, of course, it snows again this winter ๐Ÿฅบ).

Our little loop came to 5.0 miles (8.1 km) with 190 feet (58 m) of gain. Even allowing for the time we spent wondering about the fate of single gloves, we had time for a (not too expensive) lunch out in nearby Woodbury. And it was good. ๐Ÿ˜


One thought on “Eagle Point Lake Loop (Lake Elmo, MN) 07-Feb-2023

  1. I understand your sunlight and shadows obsession. And, yes, the weather has been stunning. My interior front door is flung open as I write, allowing sunshine to flood my living room. And, yes, we will get more snow.


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