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this trail IS NOT open until end of may. beautiful area but gate closed and still a ton of snow

Great hike! Awesome waterfall!

Great views!!! Upper half of the hike was beautiful but stopped in an uneventful way. Had to hike off trail a bit to get to see the highest view of the lake!

Beautiful view at the top, took an hour up & down.

Great trail for a family walk with young kids. Beautiful park and trail. The kids loved all the animal sightings, which included nutria, deer, turtles, and so many birds.

The park is a nature preserve, so that comes with a lot of restrictions; no dogs, no bikes, no trail running. These restrictions made for a very peaceful and relaxing experience.

Also we did not have to slog through spring mud thanks to the well maintained gravel trail.

I’ll be taking the family back in a few weeks so we can check out the other path that is only open seasonly.

hiking
11 hours ago

It was beautiful!!! Amazing views, it was steep and snowing when we went, but the view at the end was worth it. Can’t wait to do it again during the summer

Hard going! First half straightforward, second half difficult route finding, mostly breaking trail and frequent thigh-high snow. Snowshoes would help a lot! At least there are now two sets of tracks to follow...

horseback riding
12 hours ago

Dogs off leash on every visit to this park. My horse and i were attacked by a Pitbull off leash, and many friends with horses have also been attacked, as have their own dogs. The dog park fence is too low, dogs jump out and attack. If this wasn't bad enough.... the water in the lake is toxic, full of bacterial. Just a puncture wound inn this water can have deadly consequence, and has. The frisbee golf course is a terrifying thing, but the model planes, drones, and parasailers with fans strapped to their backs takes the prize as for what unglues the best of horses. Oh, and don't ride on the bridges, they're old, narrow, and unkempt.

hiking
13 hours ago

Nice views when you get out to the lake. Better in winter than summer though. Too buggy in summer...

I loved this trail, it wasn’t too busy and dogs are allowed off leash.

hiking
13 hours ago

rocky, beautiful, trail leads to areas of the lake water, only a couple miles to the falls. very gorgeous. just watch your step. very rocky, not great for dogs, shaded trail for most of it. loved it!

Awesome trail. Be in shape if you walk the cliff trail. Great scenery, take pictures.

walking
14 hours ago

Lots of homeless. :(

Love the Pudd! Go here religiously. So beautiful and peaceful. One time I saw a dude taking pics of some hot slut on a sports car. It was my favorite random thing that ever happened there! Lol

it's just ok. I mean if you just want to putz around. it's pretty and you can always go down to the swing at the creek.

The trail was a little bit muddy in spots. but a good first half of the season with a 5 year old.

It’s great for trail running. Challenging ups and downs and the signs clearly mark where you are. There are short inner loop and longer outer loop options.

There is no trail here. Someone just recorded their walk around the campground. The campground is for campers only. The campground is great for camping though.

14 hours ago

Lake wasn’t much to see, but the hike up was beautiful and exhilarating.

hiking
14 hours ago

Jump in the water

Beautiful from start to finish... trail were free of snow to Green Lake..
great hike for all ages with lots of river views,,

walking
15 hours ago

a nice trail around the pond. great little hike up horn pond mountain!

backpacking
15 hours ago

Great trail. Very beautiful. Camped out on the reservoir. There was plenty of down trees for firewood and there are bathrooms. Camping by the lake was super peaceful and then at night we could see the milky way galaxy band. Great for beginner backpackers or a great way to test gear.

Started at Clearwater Lake and worked my way north. Got a late start (5pm), so only made it about three miles until we set up camp at the flood plains. Like previous posts stated, around Paisley might not be the best spot to set up camp. LOTS of traffic, dirt bikes, four wheelers, a truck parked itself by my camp with its headlights on (I didn't notice the truck but my friend did). Second day we made it to the springs. Great location to relax and snorkel. Stayed the night at the springs and made the 11 mile trip back to clearwater lake the next day. First couple of miles are barren due to recent controlled burns, but once you pass the flood plains and enter the tropical forest it really is beautiful. Overall a great day hike, but not the best spot to camp at night.

hiking
16 hours ago

Absolutely stunning views! Great hike break if you're heading up to Acadia.

A favorite semi challenging trail.

backpacking
16 hours ago

Indian Lake section much better than Celina Lake section but overall decent hike. Several stream crossings that could be tricky if water high. Long ascent/descent getting to Indian Lake from either side. Muddy in sections due to recent rains. Good backcountry camping spots throughout although it was a little busy 4/21. Avoid gravel road shortcut at all costs and stay on loop.

A nice easy day hike around a pretty lake. Some muddy/wet spots. A few spots on the trail have benches where one can stop and enjoy a nice view of the lake. Keep an eye out for snakes,and mountain bikes on the trail. I wasn’t intentionally putting mountain bikes and snakes in the same category, lol. Have fun,hike more and worry less.

This park and especially the trails,is a hidden gem! I’ve been day hiking at Fort Pillow for many years. Trails marked well but make sure you check in at the ranger office in the museum and get the paper map as trees fall across the trails and might leave you wondering which way to go. This park is a creepy place and can offer strange occurrences from time to time. I have talked to other hikers over the years who felt they were followed or unwanted by the “dead” who fell at the battle of this fort. Just google Fort Pillow Ghosts and you’ll see what I mean. Moderate hills, hiking shoes best and a pair of hiking poles. Enjoy!

Summited on 4/24. It was an unbelievable day,65 degrees and sunny. We went counter clockwise on the loop. With the warm temps and feet of snow still left, I was very glad I had my snowshoes. Wearing the snowshoes, my waterproof trail runners, and gaiters with them I was fine. Other groups had micro spikes, but I know mine would have been balling up. The way down from Cannon on the backside was quite steep, and with the heavy wet snow butt sliding was involuntary yet mandatory. With the warm temps we dried out quickly and were able to laugh about the short lived ordeal. Perhaps clockwise would have been a steeper ascent, but kinder descent. The views were fantastic, and as always, every slippery step was worth it.

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