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hiking
muddy
1 day ago

We went May 31 for a day hike with our dog. It hadn’t rained in a few days but was still very muddy in spots (mostly the first half mile - if you get through that, keep going!) so definitely go on the side trails where you can. There are some pretty lookout points with great views of the lake and a nice variety in uphill, downhill, treed and open, nothing overly steep. We went on a warm sunny day (85) but it was shady enough we weren’t overheated. Only ran into two other groups. Lots of beautiful nature to be seen – we spotted a couple of box turtles and a fawn. We went from the trail head to the lookout point and back and it was 5.5 miles, about 3 hours. If you don’t mind the mud, this is a great hike!

Such a great and easy trail! There aren’t steep inclines or anything that make the trail hard, it’s very manageable for all ages. Absolutely beautiful views next to the lake, and nice panorama views when in the pastures. Well maintained and welcomes dogs.

hiking
flooded
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

Good trail. It had rained a few days before we were on the trail so there were some very swampy spots. Got our feet muddy but that’s the fun part right!?

Excellent. Doug Neidholdt is right - it's best hiked counter-clockwise.

hiking
bugs
muddy
7 days ago

Horse poop all over, very muddy and tick infested trail. The loop signs can be confusing.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail just to get away. Easy to find. Not too hard to walk. Great for kids plenty for them to explore. Lots of flowers and pretty scenery.

hiking
flooded
muddy
off trail
9 days ago

Started on the west side at end. Walked about 3/4 mile. Walked around the flooded river, then walked a bit further around and were stuck. So headed back to car. Parked at 9 mile trailhead. Headed East it was flooded maybe 1/4 mile in. Turned around to go west. We walked around the flooded trail and got to about the 12 1/2 mile marker. There we saw a mama beaver who looked pregnant. Also saw a copperhead. The trail was flooded here as well, so we turned around to head back to the parking lot. We camped slightly past the parking lot. Great spot right off the trail and a fire pit. Saw a couple armadillos at night. Had to walk quite a bit off the trail due to flooding. I’m sure it is absolutely beautiful as others had described. We will be back to explore when it’s less flooded.

hiking
no shade
private property
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Trails round the Punsihed Woman Battlefield. Excellent day adventure.

mountain biking
over grown
9 days ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
11 days ago

We didn't really understand the route based on the map posted here. We found a trail and just started walking/hiking. Much of it runs parallel to the water, and the view is spectacular. Unfortunately, though, much of the trail is further out from the water--it is narrow, in the middle of a meadow, and lots of critters were around. We saw two large bull snakes (one was 4', one somewhat smaller) which was rather terrifying! Also saw a few turtles and lizards. We cut the hike short and only did about 3 miles instead of the 7-9 I had hoped for.

hiking
off trail
11 days ago

May 22nd - 24th. Had a great two night backpacking trip Memorial Day weekend. Started at the east trail head and went west as far as I could then hiked back. This is the best trail I’ve found in Kansas and reminds me of the Ozarks. Called the ranger and he said the lake was 10ft higher than normal so expect some detours that add about 3 additional miles. I encountered 3 detours between mile markers 6 and 8 I believe, and another around mile marker 11. There is bushwhacking and finding your own way involved with these detours which makes this trail even harder than normal. A more pleasurable experience would be when the lake is much lower. I hiked as far as I could past the small water fall along the gravel road past the weird house on the west end until it went under water. It’s best to start on the east end or at the road around mile marker 13. Found two nice camp spots but I wish there were a few more established spots to pick from. Also please remember leave no trace principals; I was disappointed by all the trash I saw. Second time hiking the whole trail and I’ll be going back for sure, preferably when it dries up some. Lots of wildlife, interesting terrain, and a challenging hike!

hiking
bugs
over grown
12 days ago

Well-marked trail. Nobody else using at at 11 a.m. on a weekday. Best to go when it hasn't rained in some time; some areas, especially hillsides and near creeks, were still muddy.

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