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Not sure what entrance we came in, but we drove down a long gravel road that had several deep potholes and eventually ended in a steep hill that bottomed out and was flooded. We were in a all wheel drive Ford Edge and we almost didn’t make it back up the hill. There were no warnings about steep hills.

senderismo
fangoso
insectos
inundado
lleno de maleza
1 day ago

Awesome trail, the first loop was very nice, eagles nest loop got pretty steep and rugged, but that’s what I love, if that was the end it would be a 5/5 but the last loop or the riverside trail had shoulder high weeds and nothing but a path through it, someone needs to mow and it would be great. Highly recommended just needs some care.

Very well maintained and informational.

ciclismo en carretera
fangoso
1 day ago

Well went the wrong way from channahon towards Joliet but kinda of glad I did. Only saw a few people and saw a ton of wildlife. Egrets, Herons, frogs, rabbits, squirrels and a baby snake. A bit muddy in spots and I did lose control once. No road crossings just a few old railways. Total distance was 18.8 miles. Flat as can be and it follows the canal the whole way so I just enjoyed the beautiful nature and wildflowers as I peddled. Mostly shaded. Bring water/ snacks because there’s nothing around that i saw. Need to go back and ride part of the trail towards Ottawa.

Good path, a bit wet after a downpour. Of course, that’s expected. Otherwise everything is blooming with Spring-like energy!

corriendo
rocoso
2 days ago

senderismo
fangoso
3 days ago

I really would have loved this hike if it wouldn’t have been so chocked with honeysuckles. But it was just that. Reading the reviews I’m not sure if this is a recent problem or if it’s been building in the last couple years. I was very disappointed, I might try to come back in late fall because I could see the bones of a beautiful place to hike. But they were just that. Bones.

senderismo
erosionado
fangoso
3 days ago

Couldn’t finish because the river was out of its banks, but the woods are beautiful and the path is quite nice otherwise. Very good for this area.

senderismo
fangoso
3 days ago

A few muddy patches which were expected after the week we’ve had. A nice enjoyable 3 mile loop with some great sites and hills!

senderismo
3 days ago

This was a very nice hike around the lake. There are a lot of entrances to the path. The path is part paved and part gravel. About halfway around the lake from the Lake Defiance Junction there is a little opening where you can sit right near the water. There are a couple of bathrooms which were pretty clean. It’s about 50% shady and 50% sunny. There was one section near the river road junction where the path was flooded due to the recent rains, it was about mid shin deep with no way around so I ended up walking through it.

senderismo
fangoso
4 days ago

Trail was pretty muddy but doable with hiking shoes/boots, expected with all the rain we’ve gotten. Nice views of Carlyle lake. Not marked very well but seems like the trails around the area are loops so you should get back to your car at some point should you take the wrong turn. Saw a couple deer and a channel catfish in one of the coves

senderismo
4 days ago

I visited the trail with my kids (5,15) we enjoyed the view and there were plenty places to stopped to have water and rest.

senderismo
insectos
rocoso
4 days ago

senderismo
fangoso
4 days ago

This trail is closed at this present time

Very nice easy to mild moderate trail for walking and biking. Had a picnic right by the lake. Restrooms were open and clean. Grandson walked the 3.4 mile loop with us on this very warm day!! Then rode his bike with training wheels on the trails too. Highly recommend you visit.

senderismo
fangoso
rocoso
4 days ago

Prepare for wet streams and steep trails, fun day hike!

senderismo
insectos
5 days ago

senderismo
inundado
no hay sombra
5 days ago

senderismo
inundado
no hay sombra
5 days ago

Great trails - mix of pavement and gravel. Front of the trails closest to River Rd are completely flooded at this time. Not a lot of shade throughout any of the loops.

senderismo
5 days ago

Starts with a set of stairs which is nice, but goes to road quickly, I prefer to go on trails and off road. To me this is better for biking than hiking, beautiful Forest, just too much road for me.

ciclismo en carretera
inundado
5 days ago

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