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Stephanie Mayer
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HikingMuddyOver grown

I am beginning to wonder about the ratings All Trails gives a trail, because I have seen several trails they consider easy, that I consider to be moderate. To me, easy would be a trail that anyone of any age could “easily” hike. This is not the case with this trail. The word “canyon” is in the name, and that should definitely tell you something. I started from the campground and travelled south, curving east and eventually north and back west to my car. I did not do the full loop but I will tell you that about a third of my hike was strenuous uphill hiking. Obviously, if a person is hiking down into a ravine or canyon, they will also have to hike back out. Many of the trails on my route were overgrown and narrow. My advice is to stay on the wider paths, as they appear to be mowed occasionally and did not seem to be as steep. I was pleasantly surprised that there were not a ton of mosquitoes considering the majority of the hike is wooded. It’s a beautiful place to hike, quiet and secluded, and I imagine it is lovely in the autumn. A word of warning, trailheads and trails are not well-marked, and lack of cell service in some places can limit your ability to navigate the trails. I suggest trying to get hold of a map before you go. The lack of clear signage is the reason for four instead of five stars.

Walla Malkawi
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Hiking

Very nice trail, actually it is more than a single trail. Starting from the east lake trail which ends at the beach site then you will keep walking tell finding the west lake trail. The west lake trail ends up by a camping site. By crossing the road, a six pine trail starts (0.3 mi) it has some steep elevations. Six pine trail ends up by another camping site. It is very nice one, i would like to visit it again!

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Shawn Graves
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Hiking

It is dog friendly and fairly pretty, but I pulled over 2 dozen ticks off my dog and at least 5 ticks off myself. I wouldnt bring a dog here. Or at least not in July

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Chris Garrett
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HikingOver grown

Few sections were not maintained. Would recommend boots and pants

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Dor Morag
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The overlooks near the visitor center are great, the falls are underwhelming.. do the hike only for sports, otherwise the 500 yards to Crow's Nest are enough

Abby Berger
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Hiking
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Jason Sydejko
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HikingFeeNo shade

I couldn’t find it on All Trails, but there’s a ‘Main Loop Trail’ at Whiterock thats 9.7 miles. I did that yesterday in the heat/sun. With the breeze out there it really wasn’t too bad. The trail was very well maintained. Ticks were not an issue at all. In almost ten miles I saw only one. There is a $2 fee (suggested donation) for hiking. I didn’t run into anyone else on the whole trail, so if you’re looking at social distancing this would be a good spot. There are quite a few benches and whatnot on the side of the path to stop and take a break on. Loved the area. Can’t wait to head back and check out some of the other trails they’ve got

André R
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HikingBugsClosedMuddyRocky

It’s would have been nice to go into the caves but due to the COVID-19 they where closed.

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Gerald Denehy
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HikingClosed
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Brice K
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Trail could be maintained better and always looks like it gets minimal maintenance. Horse trail riding comprises most of the trail use. Lots of soggy, muddy, and rutted out trail to experience. This trail is a challenge for your footing but it's a lot of fun if you don't mind getting muddy. I've hiked this trail many times over the past 25 years.

Leonard Fagan
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love this trail do it in the morning we did it in early July,it is not a beginner easy trail there are several washed-out steep areas that you have to concentrate other than that though following the Ridgeline it was absolutely gorgeous looking at the Missouri River valley and we had so much fun identifying native plants and birds!you go from a Ridgeline to prairie to the bottom of the forest so much diversity great hike!

Elizabeth Furchert
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Hiking

Great trail for beginners or moderate, it gave us a good workout and beautiful views. It’s amazing to look out across Iowa into Nebraska, incredible view and perfect length of hike. The flowers were in full bloom and the wildlife we encountered were owls, a brand new baby fawn with her mother and excited little ground squirrels!!! 10/10 would recommend!!!

Jodi Norton
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Hiking

Excellent trail- the caves were closed due to COVID but that was posted online so we were aware ahead of time. The trails were well kept and marked to follow easily.

KT DL
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Hiking

Gorgeous caves, they are closed but you could see them from a distance. (did see a few people jump the closed signs though). Trails were easy and well-marked. It was fun. Few hills so you might have to put in some extra effort to get to the top of some! FUN!

Shelby Halligan
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Hiking

Great trail, lots of fun terrain. Beautiful lookouts. Great condition!

Emily Feldkamp
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

Most beautiful trail I've hiked in Iowa! I only did the first 2 miles so keep that in mind with this review. As others have said - just follow the maple leaves. The trail is VERY overgrown in several places, but nothing impassable. I recommend bug spray and sunscreen! The hill climbs are so worth it for the beautiful prairie up top. It was the most isolated I've felt in nature in Iowa ever. I can't wait to come back and hike the entire trail. For people looking for a more rugged and challenging hiking experience I highly recommend.

Nikhil Basu
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Hiking

Staircases, railings, and steps throughout. Worth a stop, but I found Effigy Mounds and Wyalusing more worthwhile. Bridal Veil is pretty, though the overlooks are unexceptional.

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Giancarlo Diaz
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Family and I walked the northern part of this trail started from 277th St. Shaded easy to walk trails, most of it well shaded, full of butterflies, kids had a blast

Kelly Militello
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Hiking

This trail is not what it states. The two loops do not exist. The beginning of the trail is not marked well. There is a gate permanently closed at the entrance, yet lots of hikers still use it.

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Ron Baker
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HikingBugsMuddy

I would call it a moderate hike. After all, it is over 6 miles through rolling hills.

Kyle Mann
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HikingGreat!

Two very nice trails combine for a nice 6 mile loop. The east side trail is very beautiful and pretty consistently follows the shoreline, though isn't very difficult. West side has quite a bit more elevation change, but not nearly as many nice views. You do need to walk through a crowded beach area to connect the two trails on the south side, but that's my only gripe. Well groomed trail, you can get away with shorts on this one.

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