DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike yesterday...We originally were going to start at the Bisby trailhead, but just as we arrived some hikers had already turned back because they said there was a mud hole so large/deep that they couldnt get around or through it. So we drove into the Nick's Lake site about 3/4 miles up the road and paid for the parking ($10). The lake itself is beautiful, but the hike really wasn't what we expected. We started to the left, keeping the lake on our right the whole time, and were the only ones to sign the register for the day at that time. The first 4 miles or so we're SWARMING with mosquitos. Even hikers strength deet didn't work. This was really unfortunate because it forced us to kind of power through the hike to outpace them, leaving no time to stop, rest, or really enjoy our surroundings. So we thought of this as more of a workout than anything else. We paced pretty fast and finished the whole hike in just about 2 hours. The terrain was easy enough to navigate and the trail was well marked. A few wet/muddy spots and three or four very short but somewhat steep inclines. The last mile or so of the hike was the only part that we could actually enjoy, by then the wind picked up off the lake and the trail winds through an area covered in pine needles with no muddy/standing water so the mosquito swarms were finally gone. I would reccomend that if anyone does this hike during bug season...start to the right (keeping the lake on your left) that way if the bugs get too bad you have a shorter/easy out. This was far from our favorite hiking experience unfortunately.