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This is not an “easy” hike. I would rate it moderate+. I also recommend trekking poles if you’re doing the actual loop. Definitely go counter clockwise if you start at 61 as Trout Creek may be impassable depending on rain it was tricky today but doable. It took me about 5.5 hours as I’m a chicken and was very cautious on the descents. Overall the trail is a lot of fun. The terrain changes and there are a lot of creeks to cross and amazing views of the river. There was some confusion at county rd 45 regarding where the west trail begins.. cross the bridge and walk until you come to a guard rail that is the start of the west part of the loop. You’ll see a large SHT placard. Enjoy!

The summit is a pretty good workout. The view from the summit was awesome, although it started snowing and blowing pretty hard right when we got there. I imagine it would be stunning on a clear day with sunshine. There was a few spots along the way where you’re going to get wet unless you have the right footwear.

This trail was difficult with a lot of ups and downs, but the terrain offered a lot of variety making the effort worth it. It was absolutely beautiful, and I would highly recommend it!

Great hike in the fall with great autumn colors overlooking north shore Lake Superior. I would rate this one as moderate instead of difficult. Also I had no problems with dog off-leash if you do it during the week instead of weekend.

Good hike with some nice views over the lake. The number of hikers can be high on weekends.

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4 days ago

We walked this trail on a cold and windy October day. The views of the grey and muddy Mississippi were better from the upper bluff trail. Once you get down below, the trees obscure the views. It had just rained hard, and still the trail was not muddy, but it was difficult to pick out where the rocks and roots were with the leaves covering the trail. On the other hand, every step was a new collage of color. Going down and coming back up we’re decent exercise, but if you’re more interested in views than exercise, stick to the Upper Bluff Trail.

Love that you can be all alone often on this trail, yet right in town! There are great views of the river throughout!

Beautiful views - water- fall colors- interesting shapes to the trees that had blown over - yes it was a windy ridge trail -but that kept it from being muddy! There was a little mud right at the start but easily avoided - the stairs at the end of the trail down to the water are new and amazingly sturdy! They will be there for a long time. Easy trail , good for families. Then we walked from the “parking” sign trail head to the ranger station on the trail thru the woods that was so colorful and pretty -to pay our park usage fee- didn’t realize we needed to do that since the trail head sign is before the ranger station, totally worth it.

Great hike in falls for overlook of trees and river. Fairly easy.

Went on this trail in winter and was easy to navigate even with deepish snow.

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8 days ago

Great river views. Easy stroll with no inclines.

Went hiking here in September, trail starts along the split rock river and takes you up the left (west) side the whole way until you cross. Bridge was still out but the river narrowed enough for us to cross with ease. Once you cross you’ll hike for a bit and then come up on a ridge with views of Superior.. definitely a good ending to the hike!!

Never been on the trail before but really enjoyed the hike. The trail is in a little disarray with several planks requiring maintenance. Also, this trail is no longer a loop as the bridge to cross the river has been removed so now the hike is out and back. I still think this is a worthwhile hike but I am disappointed it is no longer a loop (for now anyway).

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9 days ago

Great fall hike! Took about an hour and didn't see a single soul. The southwest end was a bit sloppy after some rain two days ago.

Need to fix the bike path. Very bumpy and weathered.

Beautiful views. Spectacular fall colors.

Great hike and views. The fall colors were just starting to change. Trail is very Rocky in places. About a mile into the trail there is a flooded portion due to the rain and Beaver dam (had to deal with 3 to 6" of water for about 10').

Breathtaking views at the top, especially with the fall colors this time of year! Difficult is a pretty good description for this hike, not due to elevation change (you only start the real climb the last 1/4 of the hike, maybe a half hour of climbing tops) but the footing the whole hike is a challenge - almost never a flat foot between rocks and roots. That said, we saw kids, dogs, and even elderly with crutches complete this hike so its doable for anyone with the willingness to do it! As of yesterday, the "bridges" that cross the stream at the early part of the hike are underwater, so your feet will get wet!

Truly beautiful hiking area. There are some areas that are busy with people and some that are more quiet. Be a responsible pet parent and only bring your dog if they are good around lots people and other dogs. Bring your own water, no fountains.

Lovely stroll through the gentrified old milling district

It’s funny how oddly anti-climactic it is seeing the beginning of the Mississippi. But a BEAUTIFUL spot, nice easy hike. The park has lots of information about the river & the discovery of the headwaters at an info center at this trailhead.

Nice trail. Definitely an easy walk, but nice to do to get outside.

18 days ago

Walked the WeWalk Marathon on this trail from St Bonifacius 13.1 miles west past New Germany and back to St Bono. Can’t seem to get that section to show by its a great flat trail. Not many benches or toilets.

Beautiful scenery. Nicely shaded. Well paved the whole way.

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19 days ago

Lovely area but super flooded right now

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19 days ago

Varying types of landscapes packed into this trail (prairies, rolling hills, wetlands, forest) makes for quite a fun hike! Not too many different skill levels are needed on any of the trails though.

We started at Lake County Road 301 which added about 2 miles for 16.2 miles round trip. The hike is awesome! The bridge is out at Encampment River but was easily crossed. Be prepared for a TON of mud right now! It was messy but that only added to the fun!

Had a great hike here with my dog on Saturday. The weather was perfect for a fall hike. Many different trails so things can get a little confusing. The harder of the trails are very rocky and severely overgrown but that just adds to the challenge. The fall foliage was just starting so the scenery was spectacular. I will do this one again.

Great walk! Easy to do. The garden isn’t open to dogs (unless service), but the walk around is gorgeous. Costs just $1/hr for parking.

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