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hiking
26 days ago

One of my favorite trails at this park. It’s challenging with different steps and elevations and the pictures rock cave is very pretty too.

Very nice secluded trail. One of the better trails if you don’t want a crowd but still very well maintained. Very cool views. Elevation changes a little bit which can be challenging at the end.

hiking
26 days ago

Very beautiful walk. Easy enough for my 4 and 5 year old to do but long enough that you feel like you accomplished something. Beautiful springs and small falls along the way.

great well kept trail and the overlook shelter is a great place to watch the sunset over Minnnesota's hills. the history of the trail, knowing it was built by young men by hand during the great depression to help support their families make the stone staircases and shelter an engineering marvel

great hike. ....☺

walking
4 months ago

Love it and saw the cave. Great for the kids but do wear good shoes. It can be slippery when not wearing good shoes

walking
4 months ago

Awesome cave and falls. Depending on which way you turn cave and falls is 1/4 or 3/4 always from the start. Worth the hike. Suggest good shoes. A lot of rock steps.

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!

Despite the bugs which are always a problem in the spring on all trails, I really enjoyed this trail. The river view and well kept trail made this an interesting hike. The elevation is a challenge, in my view not insurmountable.

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.

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

hiking
9 months ago

My kid likes to play in the fluffy white sand at overhang where the waterfall is located. We go about once a year. Saw a rat snake last time, that was cool.

One of the better hikes in park. Mesquitos were horrible, but notwithstanding, a great scenic hike for the area.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Great hike! A good workout and a nice reward at the painted sand cave.

This trail can only be accessed by starting on the Sentinel Ridge Trail or the Old Wagon Road Trail. This trail is seldom used and offers a reprieve from the more crowded areas of the park. The lower elevation portion along the Wisconsin River can get buggy during the spring and summer months. Unless you want a good uphill workout, I recommend hiking the trail from west-to-east, beginning by going down the switchbacks off of the Sentinel Ridge Trail. The incline coming up on the eastern end of the trail (where it connects to the Old Wagon Road Trail) is much more gradual.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Pretty loop with two very small trickling waterfalls and shallow sandstone caves. I preferred the sugar maple trail at wylusing

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Hard uphill start but the rest is sloped down. Lovely loop through hilly woods with a nice trickling waterfall and shallow sandstone cave. Very beautiful.

Great trail, great view at the top!

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great trail, moderate, inclined and hilly the view is gorgeous once you reach the shelter, pretty much shaded, parking after 10am is a problem so plan ahead.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moderately steep, well kept, pretty vistas.

Beautiful view of Winona!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Steep and rough in places. Runs along the river.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Great hike today! Left the hiking trail for the ski trails on the back side. I saw nobody while the full parking lot was hiking the front-side trail to Brady Bluff.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Starts at Look out point and heads south to River landing following the bluff, great views over the river valley in many areas. Steep in places. Midway you see Indian mounds, nice highlight of the trail. Also interesting they have a monument to the last passenger pigeon in Wisconsin at this site.

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Nice trail in the park. The wet weather waterfall was running and nice bluff cave. Trail was layed out nice. Very doable for kids

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Nice hike to a couple bluff caves, one with a wet weather waterfall. Trail layed out well and would be easy for youth to hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

The mosquitoes were the worst I ever encountered. I couldn't stop for a picture without being swarmed. Regardless the hikes were visually interesting and alot of history with the indian mounds. Several wet weather waterfalls and bluff caves.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Amazing trail! Well-labeled throughout the entire park. The Western path up to Brady's Bluff seems to be what most people take up. It has a lot of wooden and stone stairs. I took the Northern path, which was a lot of fun and felt more like a gentle incline. The vista at the very top of both Brady's Bluff and Perrot Ridge are absolutely stunning! For an added bonus, the cross-country ski trails are a nice jaunt as well. They are mostly rolling hills although a few of them can get kind of steep.
Like others have said, bring your mosquito repellent. The area is very shaded, and they can get nasty. The hiking only trails are sand +/- rocks. These areas, particularly anywhere that is steep can get very muddy and be very slick in the morning or after it has rained. Be careful. The cross-country ski trails are for the most part grassy and weeded. Almost all of the trail though is shaded which is very nice.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

This trail was great! Amazing views and a nice variety of difficulty.

Had a great hike! Half the hike was in the sun and half shade, make sure to wear bug spray though in the shade the mosquitos got savage!!!!

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