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Gopalakrishnan Shanker Rajhan
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Hiking

Started on 5, and hiked via 4, 7 and 8. This way we got to visit a couple of ravines, a couple of peeks at sugar creek. Really pretty trails, we were walking up dried up rocky stream/river beds. A lot of the trek felt like solving puzzles, in that we were constantly figuring out where to place our feet for balance. Downside of this is you can’t really take in your surroundings cause you’re always looking down. Really fun experience, can’t wait to do it again.

Jason Wielinski
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Hiking

Great hike up the ravine in the creek bed!

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Jason Wielinski
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Hiking

I would go left and down the stairs

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Kayla Fischer
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Great for beginner backpacking. Very shady! Good work out. Narrow in some places but not too much. Well marked trail. Campsites for backpacking were pretty close to each other but also, close to a toilet! Bring $5 for firewood at campsite if available. Will be back.

Erik Johnson
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Very fun trail! Loved the rugged portion with the ladder. If you don’t want to travel up a lot of beams and steps, follow the route clockwise. Going up the rugged section was much friendlier in the legs.

Justin LaVigne
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Camping

Great for newbie backpackers or testing new gear. Short hike in, nothing super scenic. Facilities (bathroom, fire wood, pits, tables) at the end. If you go to the canoe site you can access the river. No one was around until later in the evening.

Tamara Stevens
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HikingMuddyScramble

We did trails four and five one after another. Definitely not an easy trail and as someone stated earlier there are ladders which a dog would not be able to get up. The park classifies it as rugged and it was a really great workout, beautiful walk through the ravine. I don’t think I would bring a child under seven.

Rach C
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Hiking

Did all the trails except for 9 and the southern part of 10. I would say 2, 4, 5 definitely my favorites. The trails are all really well maintained and super well marked except a few parts of 8 where it's a tight squeeze to get through trees and such. Beautiful views and easy to finish all in a day if you have the time. Definitely would come back. only down side was gnats. Definitely wear waterproof boots.

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Troy Kallister
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Backpacking

This was a perfect place to take my kids Backpacking. Trail was easy enough for them but still a good workout. Slightly overgrown in a few spots but still very passable. I led the way as cobknocker and there were many webs but I've been through worse. As close as some spots were we had no ticks on us, awesome! Very few masquito at camp also. Great flat campsites, wood was nice, and water was milky but when I filtered it it was clear. Best part for the kids was following the road down to sugar Creek where there was a great swimming hole. We went on a Monday and were the only ones in the backpack campground.

Nathan Lawler
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Hiking

Trail #10 is very smooth. Tons of shade and not very difficult. Also, had connecting trails so you can get to a couple more difficult ones. Wife and I enjoyed trail #10 on our cool down from Pine Hills.

Nathan Lawler
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HikingOff trail

Trail #2 is a unique experience. The walking of the creek was pretty cool. It is very muddy even when it’s dry so be prepared for that. We had to walked down a number of stairs before we got to the creek (saw a couple people struggling). Overall, You have a couple options to attack the trial depending on which way you head. We went left instead of right so we lucked out and didn’t have to climb up the stairs. As we were finishing up trail #2, we actually missed a flight of stairs and got connected to trail #10. A lot of great scenery and different challenges along the way. Would recommend the experience.

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Megan Keevil Frank
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HikingMuddy

The first portion of trail one includes a short loop with inspiration and prospect point. After that we headed down a whole lot of stairs to get to the silver cascade falls. From there you can take the stairs back up and walk around or you can walk up stream to the Devil's punch bowl. we followed trail 1 to where it met with trail 6 and headed across the parking lot to complete trail 2. Lover's leap is a down and back trip but the rest of trail 2 has a nice big loop. we went Counterclockwise and traveled downstream and climbed all the stairs at the end. I'm not sure it was better or worse than going down the stairs and hiking up stream. We were able to complete the trip with a dog, but it was definitely moderate with all the stairs involved.

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Heath Grote
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Excellent trail. Nice views down at the river.

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Heath Grote
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Nice trail. Devils punchbowl a neat feature.

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Heath Grote
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Did Trails #4 and #5 together, as in.back to back loops. Very nice, but don’t bring a dog, as the ravine section of both trails and ladders.

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Ashley Donnelly
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Hiking

Did this portion last for the day and I learned the hard way to take the path clockwise. Clockwise let’s you go down the huge set of stairs and you go back up more gradually along the stream bed. Some of the rocks are slippery (especially since I went down them) and I slipped and fell a couple of times but ultimately was able to complete the path. This path definitely earns the rugged designation from the park.

April Milner
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HikingMuddyRocky

This is the most difficult hike in Shades. The "waterfall" was a light flow of water spilling off a rock ledge so we were a little disappointed. This is a loop. Luckily we started left and walked down hundreds of stairs at the beginning instead of up the stairs at the end. The climb back up the ravine was very fun. Our 5 years old managed wonderfully.

Bennie Hume
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HikingFeeMuddyRocky

Not too bad. Kinda busy today. Probably not the best fir dogs but saw quite a few. Lots of steps at one point.

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Bennie Hume
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HikingMuddy

A little muddy in spots but not bad

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Strait Hill
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Hiking

Awesome hike through a deep ravine. Nice scenery but pretty rugged. Be prepared to get your feet wet if there has been a recent rain.

Braden Pothier
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Hiking

Great trail, watch your step and have fun

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Raymond Wen
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get wet and fun

Michael Escobedo
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Loved this trail. One of my favorites. Went with my three year old and he had a blast throwing rocks into the river. That being said, I wouldn’t label this hike “easy.” There is a pretty rugged section where you will get muddy and wet. But it was fun!

Matt Bell
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This trail takes you out to the backpack camping area. It was a good hike though it was a little muddy. Campground was closed due to COVID19 so the trail was fairly quiet. The trail has some narrow areas and some wide areas.

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