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hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Great trail. Hiked back in May. Took about 1.5 days total, but went faster than most. Water crossings could be tricky be sure to check water levels

Got off trail early. Was easy to do since the view of the trail was blocked by a fallen tree. Got back on eventually and enjoyed the views. The water was great. Will go back.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

So I read some reviews on this site before venturing out to do it and I don’t think some of the reviews do it justice. I followed the directions on AllTrails, easy enough to find. It will lead you to a parking lot, then a sign where there is a list of trails. Winding stairs is not listed but keep going, you’re going the right way. Go up the steep road, we were in a mini van and this was a MISTAKE. I would say do not go in a mini van or anything that probably couldn’t go on gravel and rocky roads because it was bad. The directions lead you to a parking lot that has absolutely no markings of where this parking lot leads, however you are still going the right way. There is a bulletin board with absolutely nothing useful, but keep going. Like another review said, take a left at the fork and cross the river where you see a tree with a blue marking, it is next to a huge rock in the river. MAKE SURE TO BRING ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES OR PREPARED TO HIKE IN WET SHOES! I wore waterproof hiking boots but the water was high and went over my boot and into my shoes. My father crossed barefoot and he said it felt like stepping on legos. Then follow the white marked signs for the rest of the trail. It’s really not as hard as the reviews are making it out to be. The only time we had to go off trail is due to mud and a fallen tree we couldn’t go over. This trail does say dogs allowed, HOWEVER, it is very rocky and the rocks may scratch your dogs paws. We carried the dog for most of the way. Now the absolute worst part for us, was the amount of bugs on this hike. I didn’t believe the reviews about how many spiders there were, but they were EVERYWHERE. I don’t know what kind they almost looked like daddy long legs. This is the only hike my family and I have given up on and we have been to 7 national parks. My brother was walking when he felt something crawling on his ankle, and as he touched it hundreds of baby spiders covered his ankle and hand because he had stepped on spider eggs or a pregnant spider. The same thing then happened to my dad. It was so unpleasant we turned back. Now getting out of this park was equally as bad, we decided to not go out the way we came because the roads were very narrow and there was a lot of traffic and we felt it would’ve been stressful to go down steep hills on mud and rocks in a minivan. If you decide to leave this trail and go all the way around instead, I advise you to just go back the way you came. Going around was terrible as it’s just gravel and huge rocks and hills, and you go this way for around 9 miles. It takes forever, at least in a minivan. We did see people in four wheel drives and four wheelers so I recommend maybe renting one. We did pull up to a sign which pointed a way to the highway in 6 miles, and this was so much easier once we got to it because it turned into s regular road after about 3 miles. The trail was ok, not many views but I did only go halfway before turning around due to the bugs and mud and wet shoes. The river you cross is nice. So it’s up to you but I wouldn’t do this again.

Great markings along trail, we hiked in August so a tad on the muggy side. No real views, mostly canopy. Definitely rocky at parts but made for a good challenge. Walked down to the creek and back. Our 5 month Great Pyrenees did great on the trail

mountain biking
21 days ago

Moderate is not correct. . Tough, rocky, steep, tight switchbacks, slippery on the edge with all pine straw. Just sayin. For experienced riders, definitely.

hiking
21 days ago

Great day to hike. The trail does need some maintenance in several areas that have storm damage but we still had a great hike.

hiking
22 days ago

It's still a great hike. Lots of damage from previous storms but if you stay focused you can still follow most of the original trail.

Did this as training for a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike. It’s closer to 21 miles if you complete the entire trail. Took me 5 hours out then 6.5 to get back due to a thirty minute lunch break and tired legs. I was prideful and chose not to take my hiking poles since I was carrying a day pack only. I was wishing I had brought them heading down the last few descents. My knees were done at the end! Definitely a challenge.

hiking
27 days ago

I've hiked parts of the trail before in the past year, this time however we needed to pull the maps out because parts of the trail and river have changed dramatically from the flooding brought on from Barry! Other than that, one of my favorite trails to hike. Such a beautiful trail and the water is so crystal clear!

hiking
30 days ago

Did the loop July 5-7. I highly recommend downloading the Guthooks app as well as the REI hiking app. With the combo I was able to stay on trail and locate most of the campsites, water crossings etc. I had a garmin inreach with me thank goodness. a thunderstorm came out of nowhere and caused flash flooding conditions shutting down the road in and out of Albert Pike. Thankfully I was able to run the last few miles from the last big climb to Missouri Falls and catch a ride back to my car. I had monitored the water levels and weather for weeks prior and was prepared. Just know that conditions can change rapidly and you must be prepared for such. I know several groups got caught to far inside and had to stay a few extra nights before being able to safely make the crossings. Trail is absolutely gorgeous, difficult in parts, wild, and untamed. another tip: wear all of the bug spray you can find. I got home covered in chiggers and poison ivy. I managed to avoid ticks but my traveling partners bad a few despite the use of deet and permethrin.

hiking
30 days ago

The best thing was the wide color range of mushrooms. Trail has too many spider webs. Will not walk again.

hiking
bugs
over grown
30 days ago

The only great thing about this trail are the beautiful mushrooms but don’t look down too long or you’ll be slapped in the face by one of the million spider webs across trail. Took forever with the kids because of the slippery rocks and spiders. Checked it off the list and won’t be back, my grandson said ZERO STARS LOL found ticks on us after the hike so make sure you do a body search after

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail. One length of hills thata a bit rough. Otherwise easy hiking! Beautiful trail and a lot of good campsites. Couple of sections that are confusing due to bad trail markings but keep your map handy and you will do great.

This was an excellent start to our trip. Looked up the surrounding trails for where we are staying. Bring water if you plan to hike during the summer months. It was humid and hot at 0800 when we started. Trail was easily identifiable and well worn. Some blowdown from recent storms and a couple of trees were laid out across the trail. Easy enough to maneuver over. Also, can’t beat the lake views! I agree with the others...wouldn’t really call this moderate and also maybe an updated map. We did the homestead trail that connected to the loop. Ended up being 3.2 miles, give or take.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. Do it four or five times a year.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Hiked ERL 6/29 - 7/1 with a friend and our 13 year old sons. Did the hike counter clockwise starting at Albert Pike Rec Area. Plenty of shade throughout the trail along with water sources. As others have mentioned there are numerous water crossings. Only a few may require to switch to water shoes or use gators. The deepest we encountered was actually crossing the Little Missouri River where the water level was at my knees. Saw zero wildlife except 2 snakes in tree stumps and 1 squirrel. Fire flies put on a cool show at night. Lots of daddy long legs. Ran into 2 pairs of hikers on 6/29, 2 solo hikers on 6/30, one of which was seriously inexperienced for this type of hike, and zero hikers on 7/1. Parts of the trail have lots of over growth and the last 2 miles heading back to Albert Pike have many downed trees. We downloaded the Guthook app based on another hikers recommendation and it saved our bacon a few times to keep us on the trail as there are some areas that are poorly marked. Plus it shows locations of campsites, water sources, profiles of the trail for elevation gains, etc. Well worth $4.99. Overall a great and challenging trail. A few of the ascents will kick your butt but it’s worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely love this hike. It has a little bit of everything. Up and over mountains and wet and dry water crossings are the star here. I go every year and it’s always a new experience. A few places could be better marked but it’s not hard to stay on trail as long as you stay aware of your surroundings. There are an abundance or campsites along the entire trail and you are never far from water sources so you don’t have to carry large amounts. I suggest going in oct-nov and timing for the fall foliage to be in it’s peak colors.

mountain biking
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This trail would be a good hiking trail. It has a lot of areas that cross streams which are really cool. However, a lot of downed trees make you stop and lug the bike over, a lot of big rocks, and it is very narrow for the most part making it treacherous for a bike. There’s even one part you don’t know you are on the trail anymore because it is so overgrown, about a half mile section of it. Also, beware, this summer there a lot of dear ticks, come prepared, have treated clothing on top of the use of bug spray. I must have picked 12 or 14 ticks off me ranging as small as a pinhead to as big as my pinky nail. It does have a saving grace for bikes though, the north loop is only good for hiking, but there are many other trails connecting to it that are nice and wide without too many things that make you stop, those are great biking trails!

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