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Enjoyed the hike during winter time. Be sure to not go during the icy season. All trails would be mostly covered in ice.

hiking
7 days ago

This was a fun and easy jaunt along one of Lake Superior’s sandier shorelines. My 5 year old at the time had no trouble navigating the trail under the pines, and we were all thrilled to explore the beach and the driftwood structures left by others. Great bird watching, if you take a moment to lift your gaze. (Hiked April/2015)

A OK

went for a beautiful walk with a friend! the area was gorgeous and we went at the perfect time of day

walking
2 months ago

A lovely, easy hike. Can get crowded on summer days.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on 11/16/18. It was 20 degrees with roughly 4” of snow and it was snowing, a slow snow globe like snow. Beautiful! Lots of moose and deer tracks but never saw any wildlife. Trail was rocky in places but it was covered with snow. The places you had to cross over water were not frozen and the planking was covered with snow so you needed to be cautious, only slid off once. Was wearing my Sorels so I never had to worry about wet feet. The hike had a few steep areas but the view, before the actual summit was breathtaking. It looked so amazing with the trees snow covered. Pictures didn’t do justice. We were in and out in 3 and a half hours.

I wouldn’t describe it as hard, more easy to moderate. Definitely very rocky for long stretches but the incline was gentle and not strenuous. Pretty views just shy of the summit. Actual summit is just a plaque - no views. Brought two small dogs and they dominated it but were very tired afterwards. A few stream crossing were a little underwater but definitely do-able. Worth checking out for the fresh air, gorgeous lake views, and an enjoyable time in nature.

Excellent escape into the wilds of northern Minnesota. Great campsites for small tents. I recommend a freestanding tent as some of the sites have little area to set spikes as they are located on rock facia. Bring good hiking shoes too as some of the portages can be rugged and mucky. Nothing more ironic than getting foot blisters on a canoe trip.

completed 10/11/18. super wet crossings and trail washed out in places. wasn't undoable but be ready for wet feet. Gators definitely recommended and walking stick or trekking poles. took my time with trail conditions and it being my first time there, out and back in under 4 hours. had a dusting of snow that day too, made for super beautiful scenery.

Good moderate hike.

hiking
3 months ago

As much as I enjoy this park for its bison conservation program and the new safari-style range tour, the trail system leaves something to be desired. It's cool to experience a restored prairie like this, but because of the parks relatively small size and lack of forest cover, you'd be hard-pressed to find a spot in the park that would disguise the surrounding farm silos and barns.

That said, the cart-in camping area is great, and is tucked back in a small wooded area near the river. We spend a night there in October and had the campground to ourselves.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome loop w/ some beautiful views. There is a decent amount of elevation change as well. Highly recommend this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful easy trail between the Minnehaha Falls and Mississippi River. Also very close by is great off-leash dog park.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for day or weekend hike. Great rocky overlooks on both sides of angleworm lake. # of hikers can be moderate to heavy on early fall weekends to view beautiful fall colors.

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. 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').

hiking
3 months ago

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!

Rode the section from Waite Park to Collegeville yesterday. Very nice ride. Stopped at Bo Diddleys in St Joe for lunch. Delicious! Looking forward to doing it again when the fall colors pop.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great trail. Completed the loop counter-clockwise and camped for a night at the Whiskey Jack campsite. The trail was not very difficult to follow and was moderate to hard in difficulty. I will definitely hike this trail again.

Good running trails

hiking
4 months ago

Go in the morning to avoid crowds.

Some of the best views of Lake and Wood scenery I have ever seen. The Norberg Lake Trail was fun easily accessible and the views were stunning.

road biking
4 months ago

I live near this trail and ride it most the year. The run from Albany to Blanchard Dam is the best. Albany to Freeport is the worst. There really isn't any challenges to the trail as a whole. It is all railroad grade except a 1/4 mile portion just North of Albany towards Holdingford. Well maintained with minimal traffic throughout most the trail.

Super nice hike with a lot of lush green tall trees, on the Mississippi River with a sparkling refreshing waterfall! The food stop “Se salt” had amazing seafood!

Great hike, amazing view from the top! "hard" is pretty accurate.

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