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Absolutely beautiful hike. Make sure you are prepared for the inclines/declines if you are planning on doing the full trail. It does get crowded by the lake views, and the rocks, especially the purple ones, are incredibly slippery, so prepare for that. Otherwise, absolutely beautiful trail with beautiful views with various landscapes.

Absolutely beautiful trail. It can get very busy in terms of other people in the area around the lake. There are two parking lots near it and many of them are just looping it. Be careful of the purple tinted rocks are there are pretty slick. The trail leading towards the lake is intimate and has great views that rival the lake section but without the traffic. Once you head away from the lake it’s much more solitary.

I would not rate this as “hard”, more like “moderate” to me. I went in the Fall. Very few people and gorgeous views.

Beautiful views! There are many trails to choose from while your there , grab a map and start exploring the Loess Hills

A really peaceful hike. Must see if you’re in the Omaha area.

Beautiful fall colors. Well marked.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail

challenging and scenic. always a strenuous workout for me.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm not sure I would rate this as "Hard," but it's definitely rugged (and certainly hard if you do the entire 10.5mile trail!). Blazed in orange, with white connector trail blazes.
I found the trailhead from the main road, easy to spot. Small gravel parking lot at the TH, and others parked on the road's shoulder. I loved being alongside the lake for the nice views for nearly all of my hike. I completed 3 miles one way, then turned around to return to the TH to leave. I'd like to visit again and complete more of the trail, perhaps from a different TH. Pretty fall leaves, very quiet, and I spotted a huge blue heron gliding along the lake shore. It was a bit muddy, but not problematic (lots of rain earlier this month). It's heavily wooded for most of the trail, but it does open up to a big grassy glade that is at the foot of the lake's dam. I crossed this, following some markers, and picked up the orange blazes again. I crossed a few small creeks, nothing too tough.

My second-favorite place to hike in the Metro. I've been hiking the trails in here for a decade and there are so many options (different trails, different difficulty levels) that it can feel like you're somewhere different each time. My favorite hike to take Fox Ridge Run all the way to where it ends at a beautiful overlook, then go back, cut across the parking lot and catch Badger Ridge. I then cut down Hidden Valley and take Angel's Dead End back up to Fox Ridge Run. It's a nice little workout. $2.00 entrance fee or $10.00 yearly. $10 will get you a tent site as well!

Best trail I’ve done in the Omaha and beyond area so far

Great trail and fantastic views. Amazing in the fall. The stairs can get slick if it’s rainy, but worth the time to hike.

Great views and very challenging for being partially blind.

hiking
1 month ago

Not bad for Nebraska. Some decent inclines, decent views of the river, and trail is in good condition. Take bug spray!

Definitely nice scenery and plenty of options in terms of trails to switch around on. I wouldn't consider the trails to be hard though, maybe intermediate. overall it's a nice place.

This Park is awesome. There is more Hiking than is displayed in the description. We hiked 5 miles comprised of Hiking and biking paths. The scenery is beautiful with, what appears to be, invasive plant management. Some trails are flat, some rolling and some more steep.

The Park offers a ton of amenities - hiking, biking, volleyball, fishing and even a place to get beer and brats.

They’re restoring the creek, which was nice to see.

Nice well marked trails. Took my dog and he wore out before we completed the full trail. Fairly difficult with hills but a nice challenging hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Very crowded on weekends, the trail head is very close to the popular beach. This trail is also not suitable for children with uneven terrain with many drop offs. I recommend Potholes Trail (still tough) to get up to see Balanced Rock and Devil's Doorway.

Some very steep areas that are great for training and conditioning for long hikes in the mountains. Beautiful autumn colors are already here.

road biking
2 months ago

Fun trail! Fountain to lanesboro is mostly downhill. Nice easy ride!

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike with a great view. This is more like a moderate trail vs hard. I think it may be labeled as hard due to the rocks you climb up. Go early to truly enjoy. We went at a little before 9 am and it was fine but on our way back to the parking lot (after a bit more hiking) it was starting to get busy (around 10:30). Also greeter people in your pics if you go early :)

I’m gonna argue with the easy rating -those steps are rough! But a fun quick hike. Def busy

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with fair markings. Mostly flat with overgrown brush from the sides onto the trail. Saw several deer and really like the lake views. Not over crowded so the spider webs were aplenty.

2 days later and my husband and I are miserable with literally hundreds of chigger bites to our legs.

Amazing views once you get to the top! There were wild flowers along the trail while we were there!

Great hiking for Omaha area. Only place around that will actually challenge you a bit, but you have options. You can make it a easy hike and stay flat or add on loops and make it challenging. There are also great primitive camp sites 1-3 miles into the trail. They have table, fire pit and 2 man tent spot. Must reserve.

love the view. can't get enough.

Wife and I were in Madison for crossfit games. Wonderful hour drive to get here through beautiful country. We parked on south side of the lake and the road in was breathtaking pretty!

We hiked a clockwise loop up the west bluffs and then back on the east forrest trail. 2 totally different experiences. West was a climb in slippery rocks up and down and lovely lake vistas. Forest on east side as a wide smooth path and we really made time. Big climb down from east side to south beach. Slow and treacherous.

Good hike. Lots of trails branching off the main ones. Worn paths with quite a few overgrown areas. As long as you stay on the path that looks the most worn and widest, you'll be able to complete it accurately. Took us just over an hour to do. We tracked this as just under 4 miles.

Not marked well . The camping spot is not marked well and it is on the side of a hill . The lake is beautiful
Trail is nice a lot of wild life if you plan to camp use a hammock not a tent .

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