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    hiking
    5 months ago

    Easy well maintained paved trail. It is nice for an urban trail when you don't have the time to venture further away from home, or in this case if the dirt trails are too muddy.

    hiking
    7 months ago

    Nothing exciting, but it was a nice little hike in the woods to get out after a heavy holiday meal in the nearby town of Coffeen.

    The road to the Nature Institute offices and The Mississippi Sanctuary we're closed, so I parked at the Olin Nature Preserve parking lot and hiked in. I took the outer perimeter, plus a couple of the longer inside trails. There are a few other shorter inside trails as well. Rather hilly and rocky in places. Several stream crossings we're missing bridges, but it was rather dry so it was not much of an issue to cross and keep my feet dry. A small two tier waterfall just had a trickle going over it. The trail ends up going along the edge of Mississippi River bluffs. If you have an issue with heights be aware. Also, keep close track of any children, as it could be dangerous. I hiked in late fall, so all the leaves had fallen, but it was still a pleasant, pretty hike that I enjoyed very much.

    hiking
    9 months ago

    Nice long loop trail through forested hills and valleys and along some scenic bluffs. All saw from the time I left the trail head to the time I returned we're a couple horse back riders. It is marked as a bike trail, but it looks like it is popular with the equestrians, so watch your step.

    hiking
    9 months ago

    This morning was quite a workout. Johnson Trail is a mostly easy trail along the bottom of the bluffs. It's main drawback is how close it is to the farms, road and train tracks, interrupting the nature sounds. Newman is a rather rugged moderate trail that goes along a stream through the bottom of a canyon to it's trail head at the edge of the town of Valmeyer at the top of the bluffs. I took one leg of the Salt Lick Trail loop across the top of the bluffs. A lot of ups and downs, with views of the farmlands in the Mississippi River bottoms. My FitBit logged 78 floors.

    hiking
    9 months ago

    Part of the trail I took last year looks like it was taken out by a landslide, so some of the trail where I commented on being so narrow with a steep drop is no longer an issue. There are other sections that are similar, but not as bad as that one. They have another route that goes around it. I tried some alternative routes this time. There are still more I haven't tried.

    One of my favorite local hikes. Beautiful forested trails with several hills and gullies, a stream with a cascade of waterfalls (when it's not so dry), a Mississippi River overlook, all well maintained. I did come across one large tree blocking the trail that I assume fell recently. The stream bed next to it was dry, so it was easy to bypass it in the dry stream bed.

    hiking
    9 months ago

    A moderately rugged trail loop. Longer than the trail is marked or mapped on All trails. A loop hike through hilly forest area. A brief section near the parking with a pretty creek. Lots of deer. A very busy trail with lots of hikers, backpackers, runners, dog walkers, bikers and signs of equestrians.

    10 months ago

    A very short, easy trail to a small canyon. It looks like there might be a small intermittent waterfall at the end when it isn't so dry. The stream and falls were dry when I visited. I noticed a sign indicating a rock climbing and repelling area near the trailhead if that's what you are into.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    A mostly easy loop path, with several minor ups and downs and a few rocky areas to walk through. The main features are a couple shelter bluffs. One was fairly deep and the over was very high.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    Pretty little trail. Very flat and easy. It is a wide path, well maintained that extends through a forested canyon to a intermittent waterfall on the far end. The waterfall was and stream was dry when I hiked it, but it was still a very pleasant walk.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    Beautiful trail with several bluff-top overlooks. Hike proceeds along a cliff face and a stone bluff shelter. Some of the inclines get fairly steep and rocky for an "easy" trail. I would tend to consider it borderline moderate.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    A pleasant, easy walk that most able-bodied people could accomplish. The trail I took actually consisted of Crow's Roost Trail, Fisherman's Trail and Paw Paw Trail. It started from the loop drive near the lake, went up Paw Paw Trail through the woods, where we saw several deer, to a Mississippi River overlook on the bluffs, back down through the woods on Crow's Roost Trail to Fisherman's Trail to loop around the pretty little fishing lake and back to the car.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    Watershed is a local favorite of mine. It's not long. Half of the trail is grass. The other half is paved and features a cement "boardwalk" through a marsh. I generally see some type of wildlife - ducks, geese, herons, egrets, deer, muskrats, otters. There is a nature center with activities for kids and educational areas.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    A hometown hike I should take advantage of more often. 4.5 miles round trip that is primarily an out and back trail with a small loop near the end that stops at the edge of I-70. The trail is along the eastern shore of Highland's Silver Lake between the park and the Interstate. Several little ups and downs as the trail zig-zags in and out of several coves, across bridges and boardwalks. A few small bridges are missing near the far end of the trail. In the past they have been slow to repair bridges and clean up fallen trees, so these can become obstacles. Otherwise, it is a nice, fairly well maintained trail with a decent amount of traffic.

    hiking
    10 months ago

    Pretty little trail. Fairly easy, with a few hills and bridges that make the trail very pleasant. It may be short, but the path along the lake provides some pretty views worth a few minutes to enjoy.

    Flat, well maintained, easy trail through woods. Not much in the way of any special features, just a nice quiet walk through the woods to bring you some peace.

    This was a great hike on a beautiful trail. A moderately difficult hike through canyons, across stream fords with lots of ups and downs. Very cool geology hiking though the stone canyon beds and over rocks. One section features ancient native American carvings and paintings. Unfortunately over time others have defaced the cliff walls with their own markings ruining the experience for future visitors. It was fairly dry when I visited so many of the canyon beds were pretty dry. I assume during wet times it could be fairly treacherous. At one point I stepped on some moss covered rocks that was slicker than ice and I almost went down hard on the rock canyon bed, if it weren't for my handy hiking stick enabling me to catch myself.

    hiking
    Sunday, February 19, 2017

    A beautiful trail. Starts and ends easy, with a moderate section in the middle. IMO, it should be rated as moderate as to not mislead novice hikers. Great places to explore in the rocks and caves along the bottom of the cliffs. Great views from the top.

    hiking
    Thursday, November 03, 2016

    Great trail. Interesting geological features. Beautiful scenery.

    hiking
    Thursday, November 03, 2016

    Nice hike down through canyons and back up. The trail can get a little rugged and hard to follow at times, but worth it. Went on both sides of the road. If you don't have much time or struggle with the rougher trails, take the half mile out and back.

    hiking
    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Needs a little maintenance, but overall a nice trail.

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