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Fun hike, went with my parents and our dogs. Fairly easy trail for everyone. It took 2 hours to reach the summit, 1:45 to come back down (at mom's pace). Doable in 1:30 in and 1:30 out. Trail is well kept, downed logs were recently cleared.

It rained the night before so the bugs were very bad until we started accending. Make sure to bring bug spray. Was very cool out so there was lots of fog, so not much of a view at top for us. But it cleared a little on the decent so we got to see the summit as we rounded Whale Lake.

mountain biking
13 days ago

This was my first IMBA Epic bike ride and we experimented with Fat bikes for the first time, too. The mountain biking was great and not too, terribly difficult, but offered quite a few challenges with rocks, roots, bridges, and other obstacles. Sidewinder is marked as probably the most difficult of the trails, but it’s not as bad as you might think; the most intimidating part are the steep drop-offs, but they are really not that bad. The trail system is easy to follow and very well marked. Also, the headquarters is really nice! This trail system is definitely worth your time!

This is a great trail in the Wisconsin State Park system! It’s not particularly difficult, but it is mostly uphill. The first portion is forested and the bugs are often atrocious because of the marshy landscape, so make sure to wear big spray. Also, there is a lot of poison ivy, so it’s important to stay on the trails. The second portion goes through a series of goat prairies with beautiful views of the river valley.

It’s perfect to take a hike up with a lunch and sit at the CCC shelter at the top. The hike down is comprised of wooden stairs and a short trail hike, then you have to follow the road along the water toward the park center. This trail is a perfect afternoon hike and offers connection to water trails for kayaking, camping at the Perrot campgrounds, and access to the Trempealeau river bike trail. Make sure to stop at the Trempealeau Hotel for lunch or dinner!

hiking
14 days ago

We had a wonderful time on this hike with our son who got his 9th highpoint. My husband hiked this about 40 years ago so it was a trip down memory lane for him. I have been doing the stairs at work for 6 weeks as training for hiking and this was a pretty strenuous hike for me. It took us 4 1/2 hours with rain for the middle section. Lots of mosquitos and lots of rocks and boulders. The view was lovely at the top. My son who is in great shape rated this as easy. My husband who is in pretty good shape rated it moderate and for me in my late 50s it was moderately hard. There were about 20 or so other people on the trail some with young kids.It was a great way to spend the 4th of July.

This is a beautiful hike! It's not hard, but keep.ypur little ones close. There are lots of drop offs, cliffs, and slippery rocks. The river also moves dangerously fast through this section.

Moderate loop with a couple of steep sections featuring a fantastic blufftop Mississippi River view. CCC-built shelter sits at vista. Part of the trail looks like it was built by the CCC. Bugs are an issue here, but they are not as bad as they are at some other parks in the region. Overall, Wisconsin is not really known for its hiking, but this is one of the best hikes in Wisconsin.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Secluded with nice views of Big Carp River/Lake of the Clouds. Took

Beautiful place to visit in the fall. Easy hike.

Fun hike with a good view at the top

hiking
1 month ago

The most beautiful trail in the park. If there's one thing you do in the Porkies, it has to be the Escarpment. Especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset over the Lake of the Clouds. You won't be disappointed!

Nice little hike, moderate is an accurate rating. Not very challenging. Had bad luck and went on a super foggy day. Couldn’t see much.

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome trail loop! My daughter and I loved crossing the beavers dam. Yes it is part of the trail and plan on getting your feet wet. Went on May 19th of 2018 and bugs were almost non existent and no ticks. Weather was perfect also. Trail could use some better signage. Totally recommend a compass and good paper map. Met two people who thought the gps on their phone would work back there but they ended up going back. Lots of ups and downs so plan on a work out. Beautiful place look forward to going back.

Amazing trail and the tough climb is totally worth the view at the top! It is of the most vast and seemingly untouched vistas of Lake Superior that I know of.

Great place for hiking and the overlooks are fantastic. You can get some nice views on Porky Point, very close to the east parking lot. The grand views are on the south hill along Toad Road, Clarence, and South Point.

Hike date May 14, 2018:

Big Carp trail and Superior trails are swampy right now do to the large amount of snow received and melted in the Porkies this year. A lot of downed trees and thick mud on the Superior trail. Escarpment trail was lovely.

I wouldn't recommend this entire loop to be honest. The Superior Trail doesn't stay on the shore completely so while the views were nice yesterday due to the leaves not being in for the year, the Superior views will be obstructed in a few weeks. You walk through a lowland swamp for most of it. Much of the Big Carp Trail is the same. It isn't particularly enjoyable to traverse downed trees in mud after 15 miles completed. Government Peak, to Mirror Lake, then North and across the Escarpment trail is a more enjoyable loop, in that order, as I have hiked just about every mile of trail in the park. Hiking North on the Pinkerton Creek trail to overnight at the Big Carp Cabin is nice as is the Presque Isle River Trail on the West end of the park. I would consider this trail again in the Autumn if not too wet. I have a feeling the mosquitoes will be heavy this year given the amount of standing water. If you want a great workout this would be ok right now but the combination of mud, swamp, bug arrival, and downed trees do not make this loop worth the effort right now. Couldn't wait for this hike to end and I'm an avid hiker. If you are only around for a day, I'd do the Escarpment Trail and the Presque Isle River trail with a stop to do the trail at the Summit Peak Scenic area which is just amazing in the Fall and early Winter when there is a some snow cover but the road isn't yet closed.

Fantastic views the whole trail! I would say it’s on the harder side of moderate but totally worth it!

Hiked up last night to see the sunset. Beautiful trail, great park!

This was my first backpacking trip, I left Chicago bright and early and arrived in the Porkies around 2 in the afternoon. I hiked down to Mirror Lake and camped my first night there. I enjoyed watching some loons traversing the lake as smoke from other campfires slowly crept across the water as the sun was setting. As night began to fall I heard the forest come alive with the sound of an owl that was in the area. I had a fire built up, and enjoyed a nice freeze dried meal. The site I was at that evening was equipped with a bear pole to hang my food on, and there was a pit toilet about 100 yards from the site back in the bush that I stumbled upon while harvesting firewood.
The next day I headed off down the trail to Lake Superior which was where I would set my camp up for that evening. The hiking was fantastic, I did get turned around once where I ended up on the NCT which also passes through the park, but I quickly realized my error and only had to backtrack about a half mile, if even that. That day I crossed a small creek and a river and climbed and descended many hills (calling them hills for lack of a better word) I came across other campers and hikers who were all rather friendly and even was able to strike up a conversation with a few of them. I reached the lake around 2:30 or 3:00 after about 5 hours of hiking and began to set my camp up.
Sleeping next to the lake was rather peaceful as I listened to the waves roll up on the shore, however for being Mid-June, the temperature dipped really low, and I actually woke up shivering in the middle of the night because I was so cold. But I layered up, and went back to bed.
The next day it began to rain, and I decided to just hike out that day instead of having to deal with the rain. I should have stayed because the last night there I was planning on staying on top of one of the ridges that overlooked carp river, and it was a beautiful sight to see. I would recommend this hike to anyone, and am planning to return back there this summer (2018).

Awesome hike. Trail for the most part is well maintained. Gets hard to follow when you first get to Whale Lake, but just keep going straight. You'll feel the last 1/2 mile in your legs but easily doable. Finished roundtrip in just about 3 hours.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful fall day, overcast, 50 degrees. A number of muddy spots to step through or step around. Lots of rocks and tree roots to deal with. One water crossing to be made, guaranteed to get your feet wet. Five hour round trip for two 65 year-olds including a half hour lunch at the top.

The trail is pretty steep as far as trails in the Midwest go. It's beautiful at the top, your staring at two different countries and the largest freshwater lake in the world, how can you beat that?! For less experienced hikers I would advise to just take your time, it's not that bad.

I love this hike! It is a beautiful place. one does need to be careful for slippery rocks in places. I grew up hiking here when I was younger and just visited again this year.

This is a great loop. Walking along the lake give awesome opportunities for photos and rest spots where you can dip your feet in the water.

backpacking
8 months ago

This can be a very difficult hike especially when it's the trial you use to start off. Your pack is the heaviest and your body has to right away get used to tough uphill and downhill. Great hike though

This park is still not by Macgregor (see comment from 2011!!!!)...and still needs to be corrected on the map sites and AllTrails. Hello?????

on Eagle Mountain Trail

8 months ago

Very rocky and footy. Wear good shoes. Incline isn’t bad at all, I’d rate this a moderate difficulty with some terrain to manage. With kids we did it in 3 hours out/back. Great views from the top.

hiking
8 months ago

I love the area and trails. Only problem with this is the trails are either poorly marked or not marked at all, in areas. I got so lost back in here. If I hadn't had a GPS and compass I would probably still be trying to get out of the woods. Now, the very wide groomed cross country trail section, i'm sure is fine.

hiking
8 months ago

Not super scenic, except for some bridges and then obviously the summit. Beautiful in the fall, but it gets crowded closer to midday. In the early summer, its muddier and more vegetation. Looks like a good trail to see moose, but I have not in two hikes so far. Bring water and good boots!

hiking
8 months ago

fairly easy hike with small areas of elevation and some roots and rocky areas

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Easy to get to. Parking and trailhead spacious with toilet and trail info.

The hike itself is not very strenuous, but the footing is very uneven due to the tree roots and rocks making it a bit tricky. It had rained a little over a half inch a couple days prior to my hike making it a bit muddy in places but overall it dried out well. The reward is near the summit with some nice vista views just below the peak. It's a great place to enjoy a little lunch or snack and soak in the views.

If you're trying to determine how long this hike will take, I'm 61 years old and it took me 1.5 hours to reach the summit and 1.25 for return to trail head. I wouldn't consider myself to be a fast hiker so hopefully that helps those wondering how much time to plan for. Have fun. Again it's a nice hike and not as claustrophobic as some have suggested in previous posts.

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