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Pretty easy hike. If you follow the blue diamonds it's about a 5 1/2 mile hike around the lake. Very picturesque. We saw elk s soon as we got off the trail.

Although this trail might be scenic at some time, as of August 15, 2017, there is no way to know without what I would call extreme hiking. Apparently the significant amount of rain that has visited the area recently has almost completely obliterated the trail. After several hundred yards from the parking lot, the trail becomes nothing more than mud holes and a vague suggestion of a trail. The trail is unmarked, and not maintained. As a result, unless you want to slosh through a lot of mud and standing water alongside the actual river bed, I would wait at least a few weeks, if not a couple months, before trying this trail.

Although one star might be harsh for the trail as we did not get very far, and the scenery we did see was very nice, I did not know what else to rate it under the circumstances. Perhaps "incomplete" would be better at this time.

very nice trail with an excellent view of Mormon lake and surrounding area.

This is a fantastic hike!! Instead of starting on the service road, we started at Lake Meadow Drive and worked our way up. Starting here also avoids trespassing onto private property. Definitely recommend it :)

The white dots need to be redone and make sure you wear pants and a long sleeve due to the path being through bushes and very narrow paths.

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5 days ago

This would be a good trail except it gets confusing around Odell lake. We tried to cut across to the roads by Odell lake because the trail appeared to be taking us back up the mountain and as others report the homeowners have done their best to block off access. The portion along Pinewood Blvd. is long - over a mile and on "city" streets. Best to drive to the trailhead and go in and out the same way unless you can find the loop bit.

Considered the "shining centerpiece" of the community, Woodland Lake Park is a beautiful slice of nature in the middle of town offering several short, interconnected trails and a small lake. Because it is a city park, it also offers picnic areas, a volleyball court, playground and boat dock, but these are near the lake/parking and not near the trails, so you really feel like you are far from civilization. The park is connected to the Big Springs Environmental Study area via the Hitching Post Loop Trail.

The paved, level Lake Loop Trail circles the pond and is about 1.1 miles, and from there, one can access multiple forested and meadow trails as well as a small riparian area. The entire outer loop is about 3.9 miles, but by using a combination of the inner trails, you can find any distance that suits you. All of the trails in the Woodland Lake Park Trail System are rated easy.

My favorite area is the Walnut Creek Riparian Area. To get there, start from the Turkey Track trailhead near the boat dock. Stay on that trail for just under half a mile and enjoy the cool pines. The cut off to the Walnut Creek trail is easy to miss. There is just a small sign, "Foot Use Only on the small trail to the left. The trail narrows somewhat and is rocky in places, but just watch your step as the trail winds and descends toward the creek. This is by no means a difficult trail. Walnut Creek, which I think is fed by Walnut Spring, is sometimes not running so much as seeping and creating a colorful, botanical heaven. There are a few shallow pools at the bottom. On cool days, it's nice to linger awhile at the creek. On hot, stagnant days, watch out for mosquitoes and keep moving (but then you'd miss the dragonflies!). Continue downstream to the right of the creek for about 0.7 miles until you come to the wooden bridge.(You can catch Turkey Track trail again and take it back to the trail head if you don't cross the bridge but instead continue and then head uphill to the right.) I chose to cross the bridge (left) and take the inner Hitching Post Loop Trail, which meanders through a much thinner ponderosa pine and oak forest. There's not much shade here, so bring water and a hat. Saw a few prickly pear cacti along the way. We took a left at the beautiful Meadow View Trail to finish up our walk. All told, it was about 2.5 miles. Both Hitching Post and Meadow View Trails get muddy after rains (Summer monsoon schedule is July-August periodic afternoon thunderstorms).

There's such variety in Woodland Park, and adding in the inner trails is a good way to enjoy it.

Nice place to camp, and not too far from out of town to get supplies

Really cool dam. The tour is really interesting.