Melissa Z. on White Bison Trail
Great trail! Lots of inclines so this trail is not for anyone with bad knees. Saw a lot of deer and a few elk. Very easy to navigate and not crowded at all. Started our hike about 8:15a and after several stops for some photo ops we were done about 10a.
This trail we went on was actually called the White Bison Trail. We walked this trail with a 7 year old and he really enjoyed it with us. We got our heart rates up with the hills! It is a short trail and you always have the lake in sight. You actually circle the lake. If I would say anything negative it would be the lack of scenic views (excluding the elk). We enjoyed it though!!
Yalaka H. on White Bison Trail
It's definitely something to experience for sure. I enjoyed seeing the animals upclose, but it's also somewhat uncomfortable if you're a frady cat like me.
The White Bison trail in Lone Elk park is easy in terms of difficulty. The trail is not every well maintained and very narrow and over-grown in parts. Ticks and chiggers are abundant so bring some deet or wear appropriate clothing. The Elk are abundant and roam freely throughout the park. We had to go off-trail a couple times to avoid them. It's really an interesting hike and worth doing at least once. I would not recommend hiking during the rut in October and November. I would not want to run into a frisky full-grown 1000 lb Bull Elk :)
this is one of my favorite hikes. not sure why the sign says difficult. lots of scenery. wildlife must be the best anywhere close. i saw 14 elk total, 4 white tail deer, 3 chipmunks and a bunch of squirrels. i made the mistake of hiking during mating season...makes you a bit nervous walking up a trail and finding a big buck, 5 females and 4 youngins. i also liked the solitude and dirt paths. my daughter saw the pics and now she wants to go next week...
We really enjoyed this trail. The wildlife sightings were fun, and frequent... several deer and at least three very large elk. The terrain isn't challenging, but there's enough change in elevation to keep your heartbeat going. When we got back to the car we agreed that we wished we had enough time to do it again that day but alas... someday soon!
Hiked it this morning around 9:30. Saw many cars driving through but no other hikers on foot. Quite an active day for wildlife on the trail. We encountered a fawn, doe, raccoon and 4 male elk on the trail. The elk are amazing to cross paths with, but also a little intimidating (these things are huge). The elk didn't seemed bothered by us, but we did go off trail at one point to avoid getting too close.I don't know if I would hike it in spring or fall when the elk might be more aggressive. It's a great 3 mile loop, a few climbs to get your hear rate up. At some points the single track is pretty well groomed, but at others spots it was a little overgrown, leaving me wishing I had on long pants (hence 4 instead of 5 stars). Great views and you often forget just how close to the road you are.
My Hubby & I completed the White Bison Trail the Sunday after the July Fourth holiday, I really enjoyed the hike. We stumbled upon two elk and a deer. It was muddy in some spots and you'd definitely needed the bug spray. I really enjoyed the varied terrain and elevation - I like more moderate trails. We set out just as a visit to Lone Elk Park, then decided to do take a hike, I wasn't quite prepared though, I would have rather had my hikers on than my Nikes! It was still great!