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Beautiful trail to hike .

hiking
12 days ago

Hilly, sandy and a bit muddy at times, beautiful views, secluded, and it's you and the nature and the likeminded outdoor adventurers. Definitely coming back!

walking
21 days ago

Beautiful view, free parking, a lot of trails, clean water.

Had a picnic and took a walk. Plenty of tables around the walk also

walking
26 days ago

Great park with lots of water and bridges to explore. Usually busy with people and close to expressway. Although it does not ruin the aesthetic of the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sunny day, walk the 3.7 miles. 40% was muddy, use a walking stick, it will be more fun. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

1 month ago

Very nice hike around the area. Lots of little trails to discover. A little muddy for this time of the year, but what is a fun hike without any?

hiking
1 month ago

Out at PRSA today - Crooked Lake trail was in excellent condition. Essentially no mud, which surprised me given the rain last week. Many of the lakes and bogs still have some or a lot of ice on them. Saw 7 other hikers and one biker.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is pretty good. It definitely isn’t “hard” and I would rate it more at a “moderate” just because of the hills. One downside is that the people who bring their horses on the trail don’t clean up after them. There was horse manure all over the trail. I do wish the trail was marked better. I often doubted myself as I was waking because I didn’t know when to expect the half way point. All in all, I did like the trail and it was nice to get outside for once. The directions listed took me past the actual trail head. Go to the first bike staging area on the right and the trail starts across the street. The right or left trail entrance is perfectly acceptable, but I took the right to begin.

trail running
2 months ago

Excellent running trail, I didn’t encounter any bikes but there was still a decent amount of snow on the ground. This is the only place to train for the Hell 50 mile ultra marathon because other trails in the area aren’t nearly as challenging.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was icy but worth the extra work. Really beautiful and easy to navigate.

Nice trail. Decent elevation changes.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail with a bit of elevation change - hard to come by in this part of the state. You can hear the freeway from parts of the trail so minus one for that. The extended path across the river is beautiful.

trail running
5 months ago

Great running conditions, brought our dogs for the loop. There's a good amount of mountain biking, so keep an eye up ahead of you and your animals close on leashes. The hills are rolling, beautiful landscape, super pretty in the fall! Definitely need to get back and mountain bike there.

Oh, and there are spigots for water and bathrooms!! Well marked trails. A+

hiking
5 months ago

There are very nice views of the fall color of Bird Hills from the Barton Nature area trails. The Barton Nature part of my track also includes an out-and-back along the river - it offers occasional, very nice, views right on the water, but it is about 500" each way of very narrow trail, almost just a deer track. Along the way there is a party clearing around a large tree with some stella. I'll probably stick to the primary paths next time.
Kuebler is very pretty and warrants more than just the cruise through I gave it - would be worth it to loop back on other paths and wind through the whole area.
Bird Hills is beautiful. It was fairly busy. The trails are nice, although there are lots of intersections with no guidance on where each path goes (but it would be hard to actually get lost here). Has a nice amount of up and down as well, with occasional glimpses of the river from some paths.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail I hiked their 3 times

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice, well maintained, and for the most part double wide trail with moderate traffic. bike traffic runs the opposite direction which is nice because they can get moving in some spots. we opted to shorten our hike to see the stone fireplace and was worth the stop.

5 months ago

Fun day hike

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful Park and very clean.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk/hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Rarely encountered people Saturday morning. Well maintained and well marked.

I hiked A+B+C on a Monday morning, arriving at the trailhead at about 9:00am. I met one runner who was finishing just as I set out; I saw nobody else, hiking or riding, the rest of the day. However, forecast temperatures were mid- to upper-80s, which might have kept some away. The woods were beautiful, with fall colors already well started. The trail managers had an abundance of maps available at the trail head - take one (see below). I greatly enjoyed my 12-mile, 6hr (I stop for lots of pictures) hike. My GPS showed a total of 1670 ft. of elevation gain/loss. Parts of the trail are pretty steep, but nothing too bad. Although it is common practice to have MTBs ride clockwise and hikers counterclockwise, there are no markings on this trail for counterclockwise hiking. Because some of the turnoffs (e.g. from A to B) have slightly different exit and return points, it is easy to miss the turnoff if you are hiking counterclockwise. Additionally, none of the intersections with horsetrails are marked for counterclockwise hiking (e.g. you see the intersection sign after you cross the horse trail), although it is pretty easy to distinguish the horse trail from the MTB/hiking trail. None of the mile posts have markings for counterclockwise hiking. If you are going to hike counterclockwise, grab a map or download a gps track (or, maybe, just don't).
NOTE: many of the tracks on here seem to under-report distances, not sure if it comes from using an app on a cell phone, or from the fewer datapoints collected by (faster) MTBs vs. hikers, but the track I downloaded (from an MTB) gave A+B+C as 9.3 miles; DNR map puts it at 12.1 miles, my Garmin put it at 11.5 miles. I would have carried another liter of water had I known it was 12 miles beforehand.

This is an okay hike, but the trail is intended for mountain bikes. The best hiking is found just to the east in the Highland State Recreation Area.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail that will kick your butt. Well worth the effort.

hiking
6 months ago

good simple trail with occasional beautiful views of the lakes

I inline skate this trail on the paved parts. Since the trail is a former railroad track, the grade is perfect for pushing strollers, skating, skateboarding, etc. I often see parents biking with young children.

It is regularly maintained by park staff. The staff mows an aisle on either side of the trail. There is plenty of parking at the various trailheads I've been to.

lovely scenery, and we have hidden a geocache in this park. some wooden trails need to be fixed, but the township is pretty good about repairs.

a great trail system, very well maintained, light traffic.

First time walking/running it. Got to about 4miles out turned around came back. Definitely go again.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail and park. I would say this is an easy hike, ended with a little more than 8 miles. Only reason for my 3/5 stars is because this is a multi-use trail and the bicyclists on the trail the day I went had zero regards for anyone else using the trail. I felt a little uneasy because most of them were just clipping right along... Also very sad to see where they're making way for the new pipeline and have cleared part of the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail, no view of Crooked Lake however. Well marked. Definitely will do it again.

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