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I enjoyed this trail as it had some pretty scenery and two spots where you could walk down to the lake. It was definitely over 6 miles by the time we were done but like I said there were side trails to the lake that we walked down. We crossed a couple of fields during the hike and the last one wasn't marked very well so it was a little confusing but it brought us back to an access road used by DNR. Overall nice trail!

Bring bug spray...mosquitos like this park. Nice ravines, streams, ponds. Good to have the GPS trail map b/c lots of trails interconnect... lots of choices...all choices seem good, but good to know where you are so u can stay roughly on the right path.

Beautiful park. Beware... some northern parts are unpassable.... that water body on nw corner of park is spread thru entire north side. if trail gets muddy or is untended and high grass, turn around....it will only get worse and turn into dead end in swamp pond. otherwise, beatiful trails, but bring bug spray!

The trail was wide and maintained very well. Don’t expect great views of the lake, the vegetation makes it hard to see between the trail and the water most of the time. The terrain is generally pretty flat and a great hike, however!

Nice clean trail, some nice views

hiking
3 days ago

The trail itself is nice., Good inclines, white diamond blazes on the trees. The trail head sign was slightly covered today. My friend and I hiked it counter clockwise. To hike it clockwise walk down the gravel road a bit and pick up the trail with the sign that is marked “High King Hill”.

If hiking it counter clockwise you’ll come to a shared trail/road that has blazes all along the way and it eventually comes to a T. Go left and you’ll see trail markers on the left. It says it’s the Tecumseh trail but it carried the white diamond blazes and brought us to the bottom of High king hill. A few downed trees at one point which required climbing but nothing hard.

The road in is gravel and had signs that cautioned about flooding. So keep in mind how much rain we’ve had when you’re heading to the trail.

Trail is nicely paved and easy to navigate. We were not able to make a full loop once in Hawthorne Park due to restrictions on bicycles entering wooded trails. We just had to double-back to get back to the main trail, no big deal!

Great trail! Enjoyed the beautiful views at the tops of the dunes!

Moderate well marked and not busy. , but mid July @ 94 degrees may not be the best time to try it.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Fun trail and some great views of the lake. Moderate to difficult, trail well marked, lots of light to medium elevation changes and wood plank bridges throughout the trail. Most of the trail has tree cover. A bit deceiving as there is a lot of winding particularly on the back half of the trail. Trail could use a bit of maintenance, some areas have more vegetation on trail...a few trees were down, but only a couple spots where you have to walk through or around. Hit several spider webs but no ticks. A few hikers out, couple trail runners and several on horseback. Ladies at front gate we’re very helpful by sharing the type of traffic on trail. Good to know what to expect in advance. Peaceful yet challenging ride and plan to ride again soon. 100 min ride with several water breaks. Good cardio workout and you will definitely feel the burn in your legs. My son has hiked and backpacked the trail several times, good training for section hikes. Whether you ride or hike, take plenty of water. I have also camped and fished at the park. Well kept and very clean. Good luck, have fun and be safe.

We really enjoyed the hike. We thought the first steep hill was one of the first dunes. Lol it was not. It was challenging but we conquered those 3 Dunes. We came back the next day and did trail 9. Lots of bugs and beautiful scenery on trail 9.

Nice shaded trail! The waterfall was cool! Will definitely return!

backpacking
6 days ago

I've hiked the trail a few time aover the years. My last trip was July 7-8 with the family. The trail is relatively easy. Both my non- hiking wife and just turned 7 year old got through it without any major complaints. The trail was busy but not crowded and there are lots of decent campsites. The trail have some very nice scenery thanks to the lake views and pine forests. That said, I would argue that the woods are always better in the fall. There were a few spots that we're muddy but, there were always walk-arounds. Most surprisingly, the trail and campsites were clean and nearly devoid of trash. I've seen the area around the lakeside campsites completely trashed before. I suspect there had been a recent clean up effort or, people have finally quit being slobs. lol

Challenging enough to be interesting without being too long or exhausting on a hot day in July. Saw lots of turtles and one adult northern water snake

Uneventful trail. It was a little boring, if I'm being honest. But the bathroom nearby had hand soap! Lol

hiking
8 days ago

I hiked this trail June 30th 2018. You are in the shade 95% of the time. There are a few open grassy spots along the way, the longest stretch being on the back side of the dam. Well marked. Definitely narrow. I only met 4 riders along the way. Often times the only way to give right of way for them is to be in the brush. I picked up my first ever poison ivy rash. I had no issues with ticks. I completed it in 4.5hrs.

nice very nice

me gusta estar y correr con la naturalesa y repirar el oxigeno linpio me encanta

Was on this trail yesterday and got lost when I got to the Creek… Not very well marked on the other side. Literally spent four hours yelling for help. Luckily I remembered honeycomb rock when I saw it and was able to find the path again. One of the scariest days of my life.

This is a nice trail out to the beach through woods and the bog. Insect repellant is prob a must...I mean it is a bog after all. I didn't have a problem with bugs with repellant on. The first mile or so is shaded with packed sand, providing a stable walking surface, and also a raised boardwalk through the bog. As you make your way toward the beach, the hills get steeper and the sand gets increasingly loose, making it a challenging hike. The views are well worth the dune hike, and I'd prefer to hike here to this beach over going to the crowded beach anyday. Great trail.

It’s a decent trail with low traffic. Not hard but not a moderate run either.

It’s a pretty overgrown, narrow trail. I would definitely recommend wearing long pants. By the middle of the hike, my legs were on fire from what I assumed were stinging nettles. There weren’t very good lake views, except for the one off-shoot to the lake.

walking
10 days ago

I have it 3 stars because half the trail is closed; but it is a beautiful lil stroll beyond; and if time and dollars willing- you could jump over to the Indy MOA next door.

This is one of my favorite trails in the area! If you go in the summer time, you can eat some of the blackberries!

Lovely state park trail with a nice view of the lake.

Pretty fun challenge trekking up all 3. Moderate challenge, nothing more than 200ft above lake level. 35-45 degree incline for each of them. Mt Tom has a wooden staircase up either side; it is the tallest and steepest of the 3.

hiking
10 days ago

I only hiked a small portion of the 10 loop, but did hike all of trail 9. The first half of the 9 loop is pretty easy and mostly flat. The second half turns toward the lakeshore which is where the climb begins. Impeccable views and well worth the trek. Moderate to somewhat challenging depending on fitness/mobility.

Pretty fun challenge! Short ascent up each one, but the incline was what got me. The last one has a wooden staircase on either side, which is the steepest of the three.

Trails maintained nicely, nothing difficult about trails, great for distance running-walking.

hiking
11 days ago

This is in Harmonie state park! Get directions to the state park, there is a fee. Sadly the park doesn’t look to be well maintained. We had a really hard finding the trails from the map used. Our biggest mistake actually took place when using directions from this site. Took us on a ton of gravel roads that led to a dirt path, had to back track. Not worth the time or effort even though there are other short trails in this park.

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