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trail running
2 months ago

Nice and easy run on a paved path. Expect a mild swarm of insects on the trail: many grasshoppers and crickets abound, and if you've ever had the pleasure you know they often jump into you, rather than away. Besides that, a nice little lake among the fields and trees; take the river path to get there.

Very overgrown but cool pond with lots of frogs. We'd go back in the spring before all the weeds grow in. Pretty nature.

Easy trail that is paved.

After my first time, I will be back! Peaceful and under crowded. There is plenty of trail to walk a different route and discover new things each trip. Very satisfied.

This is my favorite trail to walk in this area!

I arrived energetic and left peacefully went to bed with a wonderfully relaxed body it was beautiful to enjoy!

First time I have been to this park. I will be coming back. Great place to hike, bring a lunch and eat at one of the benches. Very peaceful. Also found a great place on the trail to get down to the water and take a swim. Enjoy.

In my opinion, trails were a bit confusing but marked clearly. Very pretty, fair share of small hills. Clean, nice area.

Nice trail. Missed a turn and cut about a mile off of the distance. Most of the trail was very well marked.

trail running
7 months ago

awesome trail, great for trail running or a casual hike. in the squire point loop there are several outdoor pieces of exercise equipment.

Nice trail, very pretty and not hard at all :)

I have enjoyed the area for a few years now. I have walked and biked around Sand Lake. The flowers bloom from early spring through late fall. Birds and wild life populate the park and are fun to view. My grandchildren enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking,biking and chasing tumbleweeds. Love the park!

Great hike. Most of the trail is shadowed with trees. Beautiful water and forest views. Highly recommended.

Boring flat urban trail. Better birding at the Res or MacBride. Good for elderly & kids.