This loop is a well-marked and scenic route. There are many convenient places to park (both East and West Medicine Lake Parks) but I like starting in French Regional Park. A quick climb out of the park will take you to a swooping downhill to the lake shore. The next section crosses two long wooden boardwalks through prairie fields. Keep your eyes open for red wing black birds, barn swallows, and the occasional bald eagle! After another jaunt along the lake shore, it’s a challenging climb up to Northwest Boulevard and finally back into the regional park.
Yay! This is such a great loop! Be advised, The AllTrails map is the most accurate representation of the route. You DO NOT cross Rockford Rd. If you come up northwest Boulevard, just turn right on Rockford Road and swoop back into French Park. There are mileage signs posted at intervals for the 7.6 mile loop.