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mountain biking
8 days ago

love this park!! lots of options for MTN biking!!
lots of varied terrain.

walking
18 days ago

I walk my two dogs almost every day and I love this place. They are off leash (like most every dog we see) and I am sure they consider this park the equivalent of heaven for dogs. Depending on what trailhead you choose you may run into more people/dogs, but never over crowded. Highly recommend it.

Poor directions to trail head. Lots of rail trail walking, better route for bikers.

When you reach the first junction or point where you decide to go the the fire lookout or take the bypass you need to go up the steep incline straight ahead. Do not go to the left. Once you get up a ways on that steep incline you will begin to see the white diamond shaped markers on the trees that line the trail. It is very well marked and signed beyond that first intersection. Good hike, great views.

minutes from my house and my dog Elvis and I go almost daily. Endless trails, not many people. Bugs can get bad in areas but worth it!

it was a great hike with 2 dogs. plenty of cool streams for them to drink and cool off. lots of different terrain. from steep to easy roads. I got turned around a couple of times but keep checking all trails to get back on track. didn't see a single person until way past halfway point. loved the boulders.

Great hike. Maps posted to help. Some confusion with the cross trails but stayed on the perimeter trail primarily. Biggest issue were the mosquitoes! Everywhere! I could not stop walking or risk the onslaught. Had to keep moving!

Fun trail. Would do again.

Mosquitoes were terrible. Signage was lacking and we got a little lost. But all in all it was a beautiful location with well groomed trails.

A nice quiet, lightly traveled 4 mile hike. My wife and I elected to start up North Mountain Trail, tackling the climb portion first, then come around via Boulder and bring it home via the North Mt Bypass. The 4 mile hike took us novices 2.5 hours, most during the climb section, with a few stops. It is definitely buggy. Fortunately we paid attention to the warnings and lathered up in bug spray. Not much scenery even at the peak of North Mt. Might be better during foliage season.

hiking
2 months ago

Map took us to a residential property with no trail markings. Kept driving on past forget it!

Very nice well marked loop. We decided to branch off and add the Shaw, slips rock and fundy trail to up the distance to around 7.5 mi. For 2.5 hour hike. Bring bug spray.

This hike was pretty long and buggy. The day we did it was extra humid so that probably had something to do with it, but it was well marked with lots of interesting changes in terrain which made up for some of the extra length

trail running
2 months ago

beautiful trail! nice that there are tons of turn offs so you can customize any length you want to be out there, but like everyone has said ~ keep your map app open! there are lots of constructed walkways over the wet parts, which are always fun and good frog spotting :) I only saw 3 people in 6.5 miles on a weekday, nice and secluded!

Great first hike for my 11 week old pup.

Was decent hike for a fat guy. I was winded. Climbed the fire tire and use the pull up bar and stepping stones. Got eaten alive by misquotes that was the only downside.

The trail as shown covers only a section of the site's trails. The Open Street Map (OSM) shows all trails as well as the "Rescue point" markers. It's a good idea to have a phone or GPS because the trails are not always well marked. The park offers a trail map but it's not 100% accurate. Still it's a great network of trails with variety (woods, clear fields, and much evidence of former agricultural use: many many stone walls).

It was difficult to find the trail head (we ended up asking a local who directed us down Baker Rd) and hard to follow unmarked trails. In addition to unmarked trails, we found trails to be narrow and we came out with an absolutely extraordinary number of ticks. We do not recommend this trail.

Good for exercise, not the most challenging trail riding, rocks and roots on trails that are a bit wider than single track, mostly just a really bumpy ride

Always fun to get on the bike though

Clearly marked trails and considerate dog owners make this our new favorite place to hike!

Great for a short hike. I was pleasantly surprised to find a ledge outcropping with a view. Always thought the view was poor. Neat red cedar on top as well with grasses mixed in the woods. Less traveled than most of the other trails. Would be better if we could connect it to the lower pond trail to make a loop.

Absolutely awesome for mountain biking. It's definitely not for the novice and I would classify it tougher than moderate.

So beautiful and trails are wonderful but I wish the trails were marked better. I was trying to follow the yellow perimeter trail and so many times went off course and had to backtrack before losing it completely the last mile and a half or so. Beautiful place to get lost, but there are so many little trails that I never had a truly “lost in the woods” feeling.

nice trail put very easy to get lost

Wonderful hike! Views were amazing! It’s amazing to be so close to the city yet feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Besides the beauty of nature....we saw kids learning how to rock climb, horseback riders, and more advanced kids rock climbing. Saw beautiful ponds and huge boulders with caves. What a great day! Will definitely be back to try out some other trails.

Not the greatest views but a nice maintenanced trail

Did the out and back trip back on March 6th. Great conditions that day. Someone has been up there in the past few months, as I found the trail had been re-blazed. No way anyone can get lost now. Anyone been up there in the past week or so? If so, any snow/ice left? Looking to do an out and back again.

hiking
6 months ago

Really great trail. Loved the views and boulders. Was slippery coming down the mountain. Lots of ice even though it was 72 degrees out. Easy to follow, well marked.

Nice short winter hike. Snowmobile tracks ran the entire trail. We used microspikes as there was still the need for traction. Saw two snowmobilers, but no other folks out that day.

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