Hidden Beach is a beach on the east side of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The beach is notable for once being the only nude beach in the Twin Cities, although nudity is illegal there today. The beach USED to be hidden, down a block-long path through the forest which leads to the shore of Cedar Lake. The beach is officially recognized under the name East Cedar by the city of Minneapolis, as it has just recently become a legal and recognized beach area by the city of Minneapolis. Alcohol and drug use is prohibited. This beach is patrolled constantly by the Minneapolis Park Police Department, with zero tolerance for illegal activities.The atmosphere is typically very friendly. Artists and musicians are frequently seen practicing their talents. Many beach goers participate in the game of "Rock Golf"—made popular largely due to the efforts of Larry D., a long time Hidden Beach regular and self-proclaimed "Beach Commander". For years it had not been uncommon to see dogs running loose without a leash, open alcohol containers, and occasional nudity and toplessness. Although all of that is strictly enforced by the Minneapolis Park Police now. Another attraction at Hidden Beach is the mud pit, located on the eastern side of the beach, where visitors often jump in the mud and later rinse off in the lake. One of the most famous beach regulars is the "Mud Man", who greets beach goers ("Good afternoon!"), informs them of the status of the mud pit ("It's ready!"), and also keeps a count of the number of mud pit bathers for every day, week, month, and year. The Mud Man also clears the mud pit of foreign objects such as litter and sticks. Beach-goers, especially regulars, often don special tie-dye T-shirts, which are made and given away for free by a long time regular known as Kevin. These distinctive tie-dye shirts often feature a lion family-crest type symbol, with or without a black star placed on each shoulder. Over 12,000 of these shirts have been given away at Hidden Beach.The trails surrounding the beach are also popular walking paths, and connect up with the nearby Kenilworth Trail, one section of the paved Cedar Lake Trails. The beach has long been a concern to the surrounding neighborhood because of the level of noise, illegal activity, and high level of traffic that it attracts. The level of safety is particularly a concern at night after the park has closed. Minneapolis Park Police Officers and Park Agents are stationed at the beach frequently, and when they're not, they still patrol the beach often.