We turned around. Not really for young kids.

I would have give this trail 5 stars but in some areas around mile 5 through to the end it’s poorly marked. This trail is very easy to drift on unless you are an experienced hiker and/or know to look for signs that indicate you’re going in the right direction. Other than the aluminum signs, we saw red spray paint on the trees and pink/orange ties on the trees. Adding to it when you first start you’re walking along the road for about a mile and a half (which we didn’t know). There weren’t any signs to let us know that we were even in the right parking lot. It wasn’t until mile 2 that we saw our first “Skyline Trail” sign. However, the trail itself is BEAUTIFUL, there are rocky areas and steep hills going down and up. Be careful there are a few thin trails next to drop offs. The first hill gives you a great idea as to how the rest of the trail is going to go! This took my husband and I just about 4 and a half hours to complete. That was us fast walking though. There are some trees and overgrown areas but we expected that and (in our opinion) made the trail more fun. The trail itself is mostly shaded, there are only a handful of areas were you will be walking in the sun. After mile 6,I think, they do have a sign that says something similar to there not being any kore water available and for experienced hikers to continue. I firmly agree with that because the next few miles are strenuous and up hill. All in all my husband and I brought 3 liters of water (each) and still ran out around mile 7. Bring water, food and a portable charger for your phone, if your using this map. Be prepared for your body to be exhausted and have fun!

I did not know I completed this trail until I did the Lakeview Lodge Loop. I guess the loop is in the bigger loop.

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9 days ago

It's marked in yellow. It's a nice trail.

Unfortunately my kids and I were only able to get 1.3 miles in before being forced back. although it was raining, the rain want the issue. it was the 'bees'. I don't know exactly what they were but they swarmed and wouldn't stop chasing us... more specifically me. I was stung or bitten or whatever over 100 times in my bald head. they chased is all the way to the car. It's really unfortunate as we were excited to hike this trail. I appear to be ok and don't need to go to the hospital but Def won't be going back.

Really loved it. A lot to see on this trail.

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blowdown
22 days ago

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23 days ago

Great trail! Mostly flat so it’s ideal if you have kids that enjoy the outdoors. If you go early enough you’ll see some wildlife along the trail.

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23 days ago

Had a great hike. Kids ages 7-14 and we all enjoyed it. Saw some wildlife and beautiful scenery

My girlfriend and I ran this trail Saturday (6/13). After reading reviews I was worried about losing the trail, but never had any issues. Trail was very well marked with paint, aluminum markers (red and silver), and was well groomed for the most part. There was some overgrowth in some areas, but never enough to conceal the trail. The trail is probably 90% shaded. We ended with close to 2K feet of elevation gain, and most of that came from 5 steep, long climbs. We ran counter-clockwise - the steepness makes climbing preferable to sliding downhill. Garmin clocked us at 2:10 and 7.5 miles without the road section. Highly recommend this trail - the views and lookouts were the best we had all weekend at Beavers Bend.

Very nice trail for the family. Went with 10 grand children under the age of eight and aside from age appropriate tantrums we had a great time.

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bugs
flooded
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

My husband and I hiked this trail at the end of May. We parked at the spillway and hiked down the river to meet the red skyline trail. There’s a wooden post along the river trail marked “SLTR” in red spray paint where we began our venture up. There is A LOT of steep elevation change throughout this trail. Definitely not for youngsters or others with mobility or medical limitations. Parts of this trail are very overgrown making it difficult to trust you’re on the right path. We are more advanced hikers and even we got off trail 2-3 times due to poor trail marking and overgrowth. We got to a point probably 4-5 miles in where you come to a 50 ft waterfall which is absolutely stunning, but the trail markers stopped. We ended up free climbing up the side of the falls to get to the top (not recommended for the faint of heart!) and found the trail once we got over the top. We did not backtrack the trail to investigate where we missed the trail marker, but we looked and even asked another family that was there and they weren’t certain either. I highly recommend parking at the spillway (not the big parking lot they recommend) and hiking down along the river to the trail. When you finish the hike, it brings you up back along the road for the last 1.5 miles or so into the parking lot, where we just kept on hiking back up the river to the spillway. This option adds another 1.5 miles roughly (possibly a little more) but it is 100% worth it for the amazing views of the river and spillway. We recommend camelbacks or water bladders of some sort. We ran out of our 1L water quickly and had to use it sparingly. There are no re-fill stations until you get down to the Dagwood campground part of the trail which is about 5-6 miles into the trail. We recommend this trail for anyone looking for a nice adventure who has the time and energy to explore it. Amazing views of the river, waterfalls, steep inclines and declines, variety of forestry and wildlife (reptiles, birds, amphibians), and about a dozen water crossings. If it’s rained recently, beware of flooding. We had an awesome day hiking this trail. We took our time along the river and estimate about 9 miles of hiking in 9 hours (our Garmin died).

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1 month ago

Nice, easy trail! Good for all skill levels. Went about a week after they had 4 inches of rain so there were a few puddles but nothing big. The lake was real high and covered a part of the trail closest to the lodge. Saw some deer. First one on the trail in the morning so only down side was a few spider webs to the face!!

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over grown
1 month ago

We tried to do this trail on 5/28 but it was pretty overgrown and we ended up turning around half-way. Would recommend pants and closed-toed shoes.

We clocked 9.3 miles on this trail - was a fantastic hike. Took us about 6 hours BUT we were a family of 4 with a dog, stopping at creek crossings, picture taking opps, to play in the waterfall and take a lunch! Is not for beginners or people with knee problems - the downs were rough on the knees but over all a great hike if your in shape and used to hiking! We loved the Creeks & waterfalls - we did take Keens and strapped them to our packs - at Bees Creek you need to cross the creek 3 times and you will get your hiking shoes wet so take off and go barefoot or bring some water shoes! Trail was marked really well but I’m going to promote paying for the pro version again so you can see yourself moving on the trail, clock your mileage and keep on track! We even saw a tortoise. Take plenty of water - we have about 70-80 oz each!

NOT A HIKING TRAIL, ONLY KAYAKING OR CONOEING

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rocky
1 month ago

It was fun, but it if you go to the other trail it’s hard core and right next to the cliff if you slip you fall. But it definitely was fun I enjoyed it

Great hike! Highly recommend. There are several water crossings. Consider this when picking footwear. I did this counterclockwise, the opposite of what the app suggests. I'm not sure that way was better, but I did get the most strenuous inclines over with first... but there were plenty more later as well. The trail has several good waterfalls and cascades. If you have two cars, I would suggest parking them a different spots along Beaver Bend Road. One by the new bridge, the other by the place with the kayak rentals. It will save you the roughly mile-and-a-half you have to walk along the road--which is the dullest part of the hike.

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bugs
1 month ago

Went after a night of heavy rains but wasn’t that muddy. Good easy hike to start the day. 6-7 large puddles to jump over- easy enough. You can see the lake from afar most of the way but nothing else too scenic. No wildlife spotted and only saw one other person on a bike.

Nature in it's simplest form.

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over grown
1 month ago

Whew! What an awesome hike! We started from the new bridge by the river, so did it in reverse. It started out with several inclines, but leveled off when your calves were screaming. Most of the trail is along the creek, which you cross back and forth several times. Very pretty trail visually and audibly with little rapids and water falls. We parked in the new parking lot by the river. Some areas were overgrown, but not bad. Our 2 little badass terrier/yorkie/chihuahua mixes did awesome! Only had to carry them the last stretch due to the black pavement being too hot. The worst part was walking along the road back to the car, in the sun after hiking over 8 miles. ****If you start it the way we did, the starting point is to the left of the bridge, if you’re looking at the rapids in the river. *** Looking forward to hiking it again!

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closed
1 month ago

Several times tried to find trail and it appeared that we had to cross the river to get to trail. Not accessible based on map provided here. Also trail is not named anywhere.

In all my years of hiking I’ve never had such an eventful hike. Let me start by saying do not park where all trails map shows. Park a quarter mile further down at the new bridge where the big parking lot is. This trail has many steep inclines and declines. If it is slippery it is especially dangerous. The trail is very narrow and on the very edge of the cliff in many areas. I would not recommend for a beginner or for small children that are not experienced hikers. The trail is very well marked in all areas. The entire way. Follow the red hiker til you get to the cedar bluff trail then it turns to blue markers. Now the powerlines: about 2 minutes before we got to the powerlines we met a family that was hiking with a saw and a weed eater. They were tired of the brush so they mowed it completely down to the ground. Now is the best time to hike this trail with the brush gone. Without them mowing that down minutes before I don’t know that I would have gone on through the brush. The trail is very beautiful and scenic all the way around. It has just rained and rained on us during the hike so the creeks were all flowing prettily. That also caused many water crossings. Wear waterproof boots and they still may get wet if you step in too deep. Be very careful if it has recently rained the steep slopes are very slippery. This is by far the most amazing, beautiful, and challenging hike in Beavers Bend. I highly recommend it to adventurous and in shape hikers, but still go slow, watch your step, and be careful.

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