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hiking
6 hours ago

Very clear and well kept trail. Incredible views from the top!

Did about 2/3 of the Black Loop. Markers up to #9 were fine. However, the decent leading back to the road was overgrown, and there were no markings on other side of the road. I had to abandon the lower portion and walk back via the roadway. That section needs to be marked more clearly.

See my review. It’s more like 9+ miles :) blazes are hard to follow in places.

hiking
25 days ago

Wolf rocks is a great place for a 2-3 hour loop trail hike and looking for a great view at the end of it! It’s perfect for a mild to moderate hike. Just be prepared to climb around on the large rocks at the end. Wear good footwear and be sure to have good footing! Nothing to catch you if you fall!

Nice 2 hour ish hike around the loop, there are a ton of trails connecting each other and it gets confusing because some of the yellow markings take you off the more worn paths which make it easy to miss. The trail is marked with different names, glad I took gps to double check route. Now to find out where all these other trails go....

Love this trail
Round trip can usually be done under an hour

if you want a really good workout, ride this Trail. better plan on a full day to do it from end to end

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is gorgeous and is a little more of a workout which I liked. When you pull into the parking area take the gate furthest to your right, you walk that trail and will come to a Kennerdell trail sign, follow it. Eventually you will come to a fork with 3 paths but only 2 signs. One will say Iron Furnace Trail to your right and the center trail currently has no sign, you can follow that center trail to the overlook which is an easy hike. You can continue on to hike the Dennison run trail which is clearly marked by yellow on the trees. This is where you will encounter the declines, suspension bridges, and inclines. If you follow this trail it is a loop and will bring you back to the original fork with the 2 signs I mentioned. Torwards the end of the trail when the ground starts to level off you will come to a "T" to stay on the trail loop take a right. We hiked this with our dog and had no issues, we do hike regularly.

Great trail for us with our lab puppy. Not very well marked but if you set a pin where you parked it helps guide you. Saw a handful of mtn. bikers but mostly empty on a busy park Saturday. Decent amount of declines then inclines - wouldn’t recommend for those not looking for a workout.

Wonderful addition to the community. Offers miles of peaceful runnable trails close to home. Access at either end and in the middle means that you can split your distances up as you desire. Also nice that there is ice cream at either end!

on Mingo Creek Loop

hiking
1 month ago

This is my local trail and hike it often. It’s one of the most poorly blazed trail ever. It’s common place to arrive at a 2 or 3 way intersection and have no clue where to go. Even most of the trailheads are easy to miss do to the lack of or badly faded blazes. Unofficial horse trails criss cross the park which adds to the confusion. Do you research prior, down load the pdf file of the trail from Washington county parks and use this app to help you. This park could be fantastic with miles of trail trails if they would blaze and maintain them.....don’t get me started on all the maintenance issues.

Trail is coverted from Turtle Creek Railroad to bike trail. Very slight inclines at times. Follows the creek. Well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

This is my favorite, go-to weekend hike. The trail is beautiful, but very poorly marked. If you are not familiar with the park and surrounding areas, then use this app! This loop may get confusing and leave you frustrated otherwise.

This is a great trail for a county park! the upper loop trail is hard and climbs a very steep hill right off the bat. Great park!

hiking
2 months ago

As many have said, if you’re wanting to do the overlook trail, it is the first one immediately on your right, the gate is closed and has signs for the state game land on it. If you’d like to get to the overlook point quickly, start the trail counterclockwise it will also have you going downhill for the steep part. I chose to go the clockwise route and found the trail-blazes too be adequate, I did get off trail twice, I may have missed the blazes but luckily with this app was able to get back on trail fairly quickly.

I took my beagle along and he did great and loved it, a little nervous about crossing the bridges but with a little coaxing he did fine. Only saw one other person the whole time and definitely enjoyed the view.

The trail has some beautiful hills and some nice inclines/declines. I wouldnt say that its too hard. It is very buggy with gnats , be sure to spray your hat with some off.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I live near this place. The park is one of my favorite places to go. It is rated as hard but there is a lot more to the park than just the black diamond trails. The trails are well maintained and they are getting easier to navigate. The rule to follow is stay on the widest trails and you will find the shortest route. Pick up a park map at the Ice Arena and you will be able to navigate a majority of the park. If you really want to get a picture of the scope of the trails in the park I uploaded a map I compiled over 10 years of data collecting. It is the most accurate map to date, if I can toot my own horn. on it you will find a looping system of trails. the system is made up of 3 major loops that combine, that is the confusing part for a lot of hikers. THE NORTH SIDE.. THE SOUTH SIDE... and THE WILDWOOD LOOP.... The northside of the park has a majority of the Down Hill Mt. BIke Trails that branch off the main trail the main trail of the north side runs from the beginning of the park and goes up a steep climb to the BALL FIELDS there is road access to the ball fields too. From the ball fields the trail crosses a valley and extends past the Ed Calland Arboretum. It also has road access and a paved loop to visit the Local fona our region has to offer. then from the arboretum it is down hill to the end of the park. you can then choose to stay low in the park recreation area or go back up in the south side. THE SOUTH SIDE TRAIL also extends the whole way from back to front. From the back if the park behind the 4 Season Shelter is the FIRE ROAD it is a semi paved and gravel trail that gives access to the south side hill for emergency and maintainc as well as maple syrup harvest in the spring. 2 miles and you are back at the front of the park there is also a nice bird watching shelter halfway down the trail and a stop at the MAPLE SYRUP CAMP. On the other hand if you choose to go up the trail on the south side from the back of the park the initial climb is steep locals call it stairway to heaven, mostly on account of the climb but I like to think during certain times of year in the afternoon the sun shines down the climb it is totally worth it. any how it the top of the hill is a farm that is private so stay on the trail for a bit. contineue to follow the trail and any wrong turn will ultimately bring you back to the mail trail. There is a couple of connecting trails to the FIRE ROAD along the way. at the end or the beginning of the southside is a parking spot for locals come to the park threw "not a public entrance". there you either choose to go down to the ICE AND HORSE ARENAS or you can choode to get lost on the WILD WOOD TRAIL LOOP. if it is your first time to the park take a guide or avoid the wild wood loop altogether. This part of the trail is hard to navigate mostly because over the years mountain bike races where held here and in order to make a 2.4 mile long park have over 14 miles of single track compromised where made and this System is a looping knotwork that only locals can navigate with confidence. I hope this helps with getting around My favorite place on earth.

Nice trail to bike on. Make sure you do on a weekend so you have enough time to enjoy it. A little hilly near Slickville, but all in all a nice trail.

trail running
2 months ago

10/10 trail run. 100% runnable. Rooty and craggy, be careful. Fell 1x and tripped 6x. Beautiful fern forest, diverse and well marked / cleared trail. Top views and rocks at the end. Be careful timber rattlers here at the rocks overlook please check your surroundings before taking in the views. If you choose to scramble on the rocks check hand and foot placements carefully. 4.4 miles minimal elevation change. Perfect perfect perfect.

My 5 year old and I did the red loop on 7/82018. I was going to do a completely different trail but at the last minute figured we could get on it early and just take our time. About 1/2 way thru the trail just kind of disappeared. Being that I had my mini me in tow, I really wasn't paying attention to the numbered posts more that I was just following the arrows. Totally my mistake. I ended up using one of the maps that I grabbed at the the trail head and a compass and ended up back up, after maneuvering thru some tricking terrain, in the middle of "a" trail. Unfortunately, it was the black trail. This time I paid attention to the numbers and realized i where I was in the loop and and headed back to link back up to the red trail. Once I was back on the trail it was smooth sailing from there. We were out there for about 6-7 hours (stopping at the rivers, big rocks and anything else a 5 year old wants to stop for) and only saw a grand total of 5 people and a dog. 1 was a runner, 2 + the dog lived near by, and a man and his son were doing some fishing. All in all, this is not for kids (the description doesn't say kid-friendly) and is off the beaten path. The markings could have been better (in lieu of some official signs, there were pink ribbons tied to the trees...when they stopped is when we ended in no mans land) but for a more experienced hiker this was pretty good. Just a few streams but no major waterfalls/rivers. If nothing else from this reviews, like others said, grab a map or else it will be some tough sledding.

trail running
3 months ago

I love these trails, but all of the reviewers are correct that it is poorly marked. that being said if you're willing to invest a few weeks or months learning the trail system it is fantastic. If your an early morning weekday runner you may never see another runner hiker or mountain biker. I am lucky to have been able to trail run all over the country and this is by far one of my favorite places that I've ever run. Remember this isn't Colorado you're never truly lost but you may be late for work. So suck it up get lost and find your way back you'll be glad you did.

4 months ago

beautiful overlook. watch for Timber rattlesnakes. can get muddy but still a favorite.

We make this hike yearly to picnic on the rocks. Gorgeous hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great and challenging trail. I just wished it was marked better.

5/30/18 - Awesome trails, very well marked. I really wanted to hit one of the longer trails but, with storms in the forecast for the afternoon I decided to keep it short. The first thing I witnessed was the pollen blowing off the trees in the parking lot. Fortunately I took allergy medicine. Unfortunately my dog suffered, coughing for the first mile or so. Quite the variety of terrain and foliage. Heard an owl and scared some deer away, probably from my dog's bear bell. I would consider this trail lightly moderate.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow, okay GORGEOUS trail. I went this morning while it was damp and quiet. Passed a few hikers with their dogs.

But heres what i loved: the beautiful singing birds, the bridges, the overlook of the river, the climbs and descents and the surprising challenge of the hike.

However, i totally got lost at one point from not paying attention to the forks in the trails. To follow the path shown on alltrails, take the path on the immediate right at the parking lot. About a quarter mile down will be a sign with trail names. Follow that until you see three paths in the trail. One is the overlook trail. THIS is the one you want to take for the 4 mile hike.

I ended up taking a 7 mile hike by continuing straight and down the gorge to the busy road by the river. My own fault, but as long as you pay attention, the hike is incredible!!

Good trail, was pretty muddy in certain areas even without much rain. Difficult to follow the trail on road crossings and through a couple open field areas if you aren't careful and paying attention.

On May 28, 2018, I did the black loop which my GPS calculated at about 12.5 miles. The trail was overgrown in parts, was very rocky in parts, was wet and muddy in parts, and had downed trees in parts that blocked the trail. Given this, I was not able to hike at the pace I hoped to keep. Also note that the last portion of the black trail was on a service road. However, the majority of the trail was in good shape, fairly well marked, and overall was an enjoyable experience.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Took about two hours at moderate pace. Make sure you have some water and hiking shoes preferable but sneakers are ok. Take a left at the loop to do more difficult section first. View worth the trip!

walking
5 months ago

If your mountain biking it’s tough. If your hiking it can be challenging. I do mostly the sugar shack/lake side of the park. I do it after work and walk /run 4-6 miles and do between 78-118 floors according to the Fitbit. Multi use trail is marked with white square blazes and green arrows.2.5 miles. Other trails are a little more confusing For people i guess. Wooden signs at some intersections like stump junction can go unnoticed if your not looking for them they are higher up the tree trunk Than the blazes.
I don’t do the arboretum side. I don’t know how well it’s marked.

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