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Really nice trail, clear of most debris and well marked even when intersecting with other trails.
Note that the 3.7 Mile distance is one way! I didn’t read the description well enough and thought it was 3.7 total (out and back).

In the spring it is crisscrossed with little ephemeral streams, the river view is almost constant, the budding trees are spectacular, and there’s very little noise pollution from the river.
However come summer, most of that is negated and it basically becomes a walk in the woods with a loud aquatic highway running next to it.
Not bad overall though

mountain biking
8 days ago

Could not find access to trail.

No access to the trail near the golf course. private property on West side of the creek.

Was a nice well traveled with some grooming trail. Would have been better if they could have created a loop. We came back on an atv trail just to get a different view. There is definitely some wildlife based on tracks on the trail but we did not see any which would also have made it better. Large portions of the trail are shaded with a few clearings but it helped break up the scenery. Was impressed with the stands of pine that were planted in rows at some point in history.

The trails intertwine with frisbee golf courses, which look pretty challenging, but cause you to question if you are on the trail or the course. Trail was in good condition, shaded and view was nice and changing. I do think the trails could have been laced out a little better to catch better glimpses of marsh or waterholes. Was a good walk with family after lunch but this app was helpful to find and follow trail.

Lots of bugs was being swarmed by at least 10 flys the entire walk was annoying so tired around and went home

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk with a buddy! It dead ends at the ‘turn around’. It’s nothing but mushy marshland, but you get a different perspective on the hike back to the beginning.

Fun for the whole family.

my wife and I very much enjoyed this trail today. Weather was perfect so that always makes it better.

The trail is very wooded with easy elevations. The lake and wild flowers were pleasant. We did see a beautiful white tail dear while hiking.

We very much liked linking up with the North Country Trail. Hopefully we can do more of that trail in the future.

We only passed two sets of hikers so felt we had the whole forest to ourselves.

I did miss a couple of turns so stretched out the hike a bit but cut some off by cutting up Felch road but still did 8 miles.

Recommend this trail for hikers at any level.

7+ mile estimate is very misleading - loda lake trails altogether are probably 2ish miles. we added the birch grove trail and a small section of the north country trail for a total of about 6 miles.

good birding near the lake and on the first part of birch grove. woodpeckers, warblers, virios, lots of chipmunks and a couple of deer.

It is good but not well marked

hiking
2 months ago

If you’re into flat, mosquito infested, skinny single track hiking trails with no views, this might be for you. I can’t speak to the mountain bike experience, but for my time I would prefer 15 Miles on the NCT hiking. Truthfully though, I skipped the hilly section at the end because of time constraints. I wish I had gone clockwise from the trail head and done the hills first, then used the NCT section and cut off miles of flat trail.

Nice hike with kids and dogs. $5 fee per car since it is a national forest.

We are looking forward to going back when flowers are blooming. Nice map with good information.

The Loda Lake trail is not as long as mapped on app. This makes a loop with NCT and Birch Grove trail.

We hiked clockwise on Loda Lake trail then took connector to NCT. We then walked north on NCT for a mile. Returned and completed loop to Loda Lake for a total of 6 miles.

Seen a male rose-breasted Grosebeak, blue racer snake, and dog “found” 3 ticks.

This is a hidden gem with bathroom and new expanded parking lot with picnic tables and shelter.

quiet primative hike in only. Love it.

My husband and Iare volunteer trail maintenance of this trail, from 18 -20 mile, it’s a nice easy trail with streams and swampy areas that give of wonderful earthy smells.
I have found that even in the ugliest part of the season ( between winter & Spring) nature is still amazing

took my son for a Day hike. We saw three Pileated woodpeckers, a kingfisher, a group of ducks, a handful of chickadees and nuthatches. We also saw a pair of red tailed hawks and heard some red-breasted woodpeckers. very nice Trail for down and back, like the previous comment we lost the trail in the mud at the turn around so we made our own.

Had a wonderful walk in the woods with the family today on this trail. It’s fairly well marked but several time we reviewed the map to make sure we were taking the right branch. The road getting to the trail was a bit soupy from the spring thaw, but the trail was fine. It’s a perfect spring or fall trail.

Went on a snowy hike there in early March. Beautiful scenery and the lake is well worthy the trek.

When you get past the prairie the pines are a great site for overnight
Made one last night cheers

Great trail, well kept, and easy to hike, i am a big girl but love to be in the great outdoors and it’s nice to enjoy the trail without getting so winded

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is named something different at trailhead. Lost the trail in the mud somewhere around the turnaround. Otherwise great hike secluded from human activity.

Trail is well marked and maintained. Had a slight but working cell signal which allowed google maps to track me. Although I couldn’t get the All trails app to work while out there. Lots of areas that post private property signs which made picking a campsite a bit more tricky. Hiked five miles in and setup camp just east of Poplar ave. Was hoping to camp near Crofoot Lake but too many private property signs were littering the area so I doubled back.
Did this hike the second week of November and honestly I think it would have been a bit better to go a bit earlier in the season. Most of the leaves had already fallen from the trees. Still a beautiful hike though and will definitely be back.

hiking
9 months ago

September 22-24 this was a great hike with the scouts spent the weekend

Great trail and I don’t see much use for the section from M115 north to M37 north

hiking
10 months ago

This is a beautiful short hike with a bunch of trails nearby. Has first cone first serve camp sites surrounding the lake as well.

Easy trails, well marked, some plants identified.

This is usually the first hike I do every spring, great hike to start the season

paddle sports
11 months ago

floated a section of this river yesterday, m-37 to Gleason s landing, it took 3.5 hours and was so peaceful

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