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Great trail with fantastic lake views and campsites on the peninsula. Mostly flat with elevation dropping as you approach the end of the peninsula. Trail was in good condition.

hiking
blowdown
3 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful fall colors. Nice views of forested valleys when hiking along the ridge. The gravel road to access this trail is rough and the portion east of the trail head had some fresh rock deposited that beat up the car undercarriage.

Great trail with great payoff at the end!

Hiked in yesterday for a weekend of camping. Trail is clear and easy to navigate. Disappointed in the amount of trash around the camp sites...abandoned tent, sleeping bag, clothing, plastic bottles, and misc wrappers. Still the best sunset around!

backpacking
25 days ago

I used to love this trek, but the absolute mess left by boaters has ruined a lot of it. Most of the campsites are trashed with plastic bottles, abandoned tents, clothing, etc. I carried out a full bag of trash, but it didn't make a dent. Found an abandoned tent expecting to find a dead guy inside (nope). I'll pick up anything except toilet paper and tampon applicators (ladies).

Went as a day hike but would totally go back for a quick backpack trip with my 11 year old. Quite a few decent size camp sites along the way. There was a ton of bugs though, we were almost constantly swatting at them

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a great, easy trail to the lake. I highly recommend it, especially for new backpackers. Perfect place to get away but not too far and test out gear

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Ummmmmmmm......So this trail was not what we were expecting. The elevation change was pretty dramatic. There was no water to filter for our bottles. Spiders were everywhere and we kept running into their webs. There was no good spots to setup camp unless you want to be in the middle of a dried up creek bed. I would definitely advise not going in late September.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Just finished completing this trail over two days and it is great. There isn’t a trailhead at the intersection of Tower and Last Horse like the map shows, just drive a quarter mile down and park at the horse camp. There is a trail head that takes off from the west side of the camp. The trail changes several times along the route from mixed hardwood forest to mostly pine. There is an Area about a half mile from the lake where a tornado went through, pretty impressive to see the path it left. Very rewarding after hiking for 8 miles to come out at beautiful Lake Monroe. There were plenty of camp sites right along the water front. This is an excellent two day backpacking trip.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a great trail, especially for beginner backpackers. It's not overly difficult and the campsites by the lake offer great views. Parking across the road from the trailhead has been improved since I did this trail over a year ago as there is now both an entrance and exit for the lot (previously, you had to pull in and out of the same spot, which made it tough to turn around in the small lot).

This is a very well maintained trail that has great campsites that you can hardly tell get heavy use. Beautiful sunsets. The trail is open after the storm damage to the trees. The devastation to that section of Forest is unlike anything I've ever seen and I applaud the trail crew for the outstanding work they accomplished in that area. AMAZING!

This is an old review, as we hiked in on this trail to the peninsula on September 28, 2018 and hiked back out two days later. There were a few blowdowns at that time, but they were easy to navigate around. We only took the 5-mile trail to Lake Monroe and back and didn't hike the entire loop. Very scenic pine forests. Passed quite a few friendly hikers on the trail, but never encountered any horses. Very beautiful sunsets.

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Trail is pretty good. Couple muddy spots that are rough from the horses. The last 1/4 of the peninsula trail is pretty overgrown - lots of poison ivy. But campground at end is wonderful and pretty worth it!

love this trail. The trail was reopened on Friday August 9th, 2019. strong winds (80- 90 mph) blew over hundreds of old trees closing the trail for almost a month. because it is a wildnerness area there are no machines allowed. the park service did an amazing job chopping through the trees that had closed the trail. still it was a sight to see all the old trees that were uprooted by this storm!! we backpacked and camped on the penisula. since the trail had just reopened there were a lot of people camping. lots of people also boat or kayak to hike on the penisula. I brought my dog and kept him on leash 99% of the time. there was one family who had their dog off leash and it impacted our selection of campsite... who had we saw horses on the way back. it was a great trail. there were camping sites on both sides of the trail all throughout the trail and there were many lining the shore of lake monroe. the trail wasnt muddy but saw where it could get muddy with a decent amount of rain. it was a good experience.

running
blowdown
over grown
3 months ago

Several trees down on the trail but most you could either climb over or side trails around were already visible from horses. Parts were overgrown and we had to stop running and hike due to low visibility under all the weeds. Because it’s shared with horses we had to atop running many times to make our way carefully across churned up spots from horse hooves to keep from turning and ankle. Not a great trail for running not not terrible either. Sections of it were really good.

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
4 months ago

I LOVE this trail. It ends at beautiful lake Monroe and offers a variety of scenery. As of July 12, 2019 the trail was closed about half way through due to some downed trees. Also, very muddy. It’s been a week since it rained, but it was still muddy. I’d wear some boots. Also... this is the deep forest and there’s a lot of bugs. Bring some bug spray.

hiking
blowdown
4 months ago

horseback riding
4 months ago

great trail, a little muddy in spots, but beautiful, nice views at the lake

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

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