Bluffside Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake City, Minnesota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
I enjoyed seeing bald eagles and white tailed deer here yesterday. There wasn't anyone else on the trail (I love midweek hikes). Trail is in decent condition though one of the spur trails had fallen trees over the trail. I liked the switchbacks and change in elevation. Good distance and difficulty for an afternoon hike. I look forward to coming back in the summer and fall when there are leaves on the trees.
Great trail just be sure to watch your footing on the lower bluff trail it can get slick.
Great trail on the bluffs. Risky when wet though. Overlooks the Mississippi River and multiple towns on the river.
Great Trail. Not difficult but up and down a few steep hills
Not exactly a "hard" trail until you have to ascend up to the rock formation. Very beautiful and interesting angled hike that takes a bit of balance too. A couple spots below to splash your face in the water. Lots of boat noise which was annoying though. Would definitely come back for this one!
Nice, light hike. The bluff/hill half was much nicer than the river half.
This made for a pleasant autumn hike/walk. I would rate it as easy; very little change in elevation. The trail is shaded and the trees look nice next to the water.
I loved this trail! It has a little bit of everything! And the lower Bluff trail was beautiful!
A mix of sculpted bluff and prairie trail. It's not as scenic as other nearby parks (Afton, O'Brien, etc). My biggest issue is that a number of the prairie trails are roadside or require crossing a road and the bluff trails run into camping areas which can distract one from that feeling of getting lost in a good hike but that's just personal taste.
Had a fun time!
This was a fun hike if you can find the right spot! The directions thru this app were wrong! You need to go to the main park - way at the top by the overlook - there you can reach this trail! It was fun! Saw a fox!
This is my very favorite trail in Minnesota. The trail is wide and maintained well. The prairie section is perfect for running with rolling hills and slight uneven surfaces. The bluff/river section is awesome with views of the river, difficult rocky trail, and shaded woods. The trail itself in the woods is pretty challenging as far as elevation goes but the footpaths are wide enough to make the journey manageable. I went in August and the bugs weren't too bad. Being more water than you think you'll need. =). The only goofy thing about the trail is that the map and the trail markers don't match up 100% so make sure to grab a map (it's more up to date). Otherwise though, love love love this trail!