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on Bird Hills Trail

7 days ago

The trails were good. Rough enough to make you feel like you’re trekking through the wilderness. However, the constant noise from the expressway was a bummer. I guess it would be better than a neighborhood stroll if you live nearby.

hiking
11 days ago

Colors are definitely coming near peak at Scio Forest. Anytime in the next week or so should be beautiful. Today most of the color was on the front section (blue and green loops); the back part of the red loop is still mostly green.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome. Beautiful. Challenging. Repeatable for sure. I did this course in reverse by accident, really rewarding either way. This is a must do.

on Bird Hills Trail

21 days ago

The trails were very nice. I would definitely say I would go back but the noise from M-14 was a bummer and thank goodness for this map. There are no markings and we often seemed to walk off the trail. I like the interactive map as a guide but would prefer to not have to rely on it. We often had to stop to look to determine which path yo take or were backtracking because we missed a turn. The scenery definitely made it better but will plan to check out other trails instead of going back.

hiking
28 days ago

My favorite park in the area, only downside to me is the proximity to M-14. Not challenging enough to be a “hike” in my book but enough elevation change to be interesting and a good workout on the inner loop if that’s what you’re looking for. Trails are not marked. I wouldn’t recommend the entire loop as mapped here, ie through the Kuebler-Langford nature area, as the paths that connect it to Barton Park are little more than just deer track. The grass is too long and the path too unkempt for my taste.

We’ve been there on the weekend in the summer (lots of traffic) and on a football Saturday in September (hardly anyone around). We’ve spotted Pileated Woodpeckers (the big kind) there each time we’ve visited.

This is a great trail. I brought my 9 year old son who’s a 21st century digital boy. Definitely didn’t do the complete 17 miles but with the shortcuts and a few other tricks we made it out and had a great time. Both crooked lake and blind lake campsites are nice. And I loved the water pumps. We still used a sawyer water filter because ya never know. Mosquitos weren’t too bad but that’s probably because haven’t had rain in a week or so. We did have to move aside for about 15 mountain bikers along the way but we could always see them coming. I highly recommend this beautiful trail.

Easy and beautiful hiking! Nice rolling hills.

The trail isn’t too bad, but what is up with all of the single middle aged dudes sitting in their cars in the parking lot. I have been here a couple times on Sunday mornings to see the same thing. It is a little suspicious!

Thank you note to the park rangers who they went of their way to come in and help evacuate one of my friend hiker when she felt sick . I lead hike every weekend almost on this trail. It is one of the most amazing trail in the area .

feels like we're up north hiking with all the inclines and woods surrounding us

Beautiful trail system! Make sure you download the map - there are no trail markings!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trails and a ton of fun

hiking
1 month ago

the trails are a good excersize. but if you camp, there are weird howeling noises at night along the trails for hours. probably dogs? i barely slept, thinking of Bigfoot.

hiking
2 months ago

I love these trails. Be sure you have access to a map though, the trails aren't marked well.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail but make sure you bring a map - there are a lot of smaller loops and in & outs located within the major loop.

mountain biking
2 months ago

awesome trails, not well marked though

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trails, not very well marked so it was hard to tell if you were going the right way

Nice wooded Hike !

mountain biking
3 months ago

Trails were great! Well maintained and had options for beginners and seasoned mountain bikers. However, trails were not marked well. Was my first time riding there the other day and got lost multiple times. Had no idea were I was or where I was going. Had to back track a couple times. Trails are good, just work on signs!

Hardly anybody on trails was real nice.
Terrain was good (flat) but no issues.

Went on a 90 degree day (mid day) and the heat didn’t bother me, but some black flys ruined my run.

Had bug spray on, but that didn’t seem to help.

Think would be much better during a non-Black day attack aka different time of day or different season

I’ve been visiting Bloomer Park for years walking, hiking and even floated down the Clinton River when the water level was a bit higher. Love this park!

Nice secluded trail. Trails aren’t marked well, but it’s not hard to figure it out. We had to backtrack twice but it just added to the experience.

Quite, alone except for two cyclists, lots of spiders and one snake. Couple of places bit more challenging than “moderate”. Wonderful hike, felt like I was in a wilderness. One disturbing thing, someone used spray paint on trees to mark trail.

it's very fun for MTB has different levels (several) of trails... will make you sweat.

hiking
3 months ago

Completed the full 17+ mile loop a few weeks back. Well marked and the trail was very well-maintained. The campsites partway through were nice to stop at for a water resupply. Would rate the trail as challenging due to the numerous hills, but definitely doable. Some beautiful views along the way, though the mosquitoes made it so that our stops were very limited and short-lived. Would highly recommend, just bring some bug spray with you and be sure to dip your tired feet in the lake afterwards.

on Bird Hills Trail

4 months ago

We hiked a few weeks ago and were fortunate to see an indigo bunting! The trails were a little muddy, but overall we really enjoyed our hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

A friend and I did a modified version of this trail and we found it to be great! Trails were marked well, everything was well maintained, and the campsites were clean and beautiful. I did get some bites from mosquitoes but a little 100% deet kept them at bay. Just don’t stay out past dark! Would definitely recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

Scio Forest is a very pretty little woods. The trails are generally nicely maintained, although brush is encroaching the trail several places. It is a relatively wet woods and has lots of mosquitoes, bring your bug spray. Much of the trail is reasonably quiet, with very little noise from Scio Church road; the frogs can kick up quite a racket in the evening. My most recent pics are geo-tagged on my 6/1/18 track. Hi-res pictures on https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks

backpacking
4 months ago

Its not a difficult trail but it is a hard trail, that is VERY BUGGY, there is no relief from the mosquitos, the campsites for backpackers are a little tight but they are nice. Again they are not bug free, and it seems like bug spray is like ringing a dinner bell. The hand pump for water at the campsites is however a great bonus, its ice cold, and no it does not have a funky taste. It is definitely challenging, but a good beginner trail for the hobby if the biters slack off later in the season. The 3 stars are because of the bugs.

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