Bluffside Trail

HARD 24 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
501 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

hiking
7 days ago

Always something cool to look at, lots of big moss covered rocks. A few cool spots to go hang out by the lake, splash your face, and watch some boats floatin around.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful and well designed for an alternative cardio workout. Don't underestimate the intensity of this hike by judging it based on the beginning of the trail. The end half mile of the lower bluff trail will leave you gassed to say the least.

hiking
1 month ago

awesome!

3 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail just be sure to watch your footing on the lower bluff trail it can get slick.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail on the bluffs. Risky when wet though. Overlooks the Mississippi River and multiple towns on the river.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Trail. Not difficult but up and down a few steep hills

hiking
11 months ago

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!

camping
11 months ago

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nice, light hike. The bluff/hill half was much nicer than the river half.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, May 06, 2016

I loved this trail! It has a little bit of everything! And the lower Bluff trail was beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, July 25, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Had a fun time!

hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015

hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015

hiking
Sunday, August 03, 2014