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Very pretty hike. Did this in mid-November so not crowded (me, 2 others & a dog) but beautifully maintained. More ‘refined’ than wild - but lovely.

On the hiking club trails, I would say this is a HARD trail, the elevation changes are steep. It’s a great great hike and a ton of fun but not sure I would say moderate. Still an all out beautiful and fun day even in the middle of November!

Very easy trail, with quite a lot of traffic. Completely worth it to see (and wade in) the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

We actually did a loop starting with the Humpback Trail then connected with the Manitou River Trail campsite #6 is a great place to stop and have a snack... great rock to rest on...campsite number 10 is perfectly beautiful...the trail is rugged... sometimes it just disappears and you have to bushwhack your own path.. climbing over trees and under or whatever in between...
I think about campsite #12 we took off on the Matt Willis Trail and continued onto the Lake Benson trail around the west side of the lake... once you get to this trail it’s a piece of cake a boardwalk all the way around the lake until you get to the road which takes you back to the parking lot. The trail is moderately hard just because the footing is difficult... ferns cover the path sometimes waist high,(so you can’t always see where your foot is going)ground was pretty moist, slippery uneven rocky trail... otherwise not too difficult... went the end of June we had a perfect weather window... it started raining as we left... we had the place to ourselves

hiking
6 days ago

Note the length of this trail is actually a little over 3 miles. I hiked it right after a light snowfall. Beautiful!!!

I thought that this trail was amazing! The views were great, hills were fun to hike up and I even saw a Whitetail doe in the brush! Could be a bit longer, though...

Love this park! lots of paved and grassy trails to use!

Love this park!

One of my favorite trails in the La Crosse area! You get it all, pine tunnel, oak savannah, deciduous forest, prairie, interesting geology, and amazing view of the Mississippi River and Queens Bluff. Nice easy hike with rolling hills. We love hiking with our dogs there!

hiking
9 days ago

Challenging hills, pretty overlooks and lake views couple spots with picnic tables for lunch. Great hike 5 mile, will be back soon!

trail running
11 days ago

The rolling never stops! Surprising amount of elevation, with the majority in the middle 2.5 miles.

trail running
11 days ago

Great amount of elevation over a short distance. There are no overly large climbs (200' or more). Good scenery; feels secluded even though it's in the city.
Would be nice if it was longer, but multiple loops works pretty well on this one if you mix up each loop.