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Somewhat rocky and uneven ground. Beautiful scenery along the river!

I generally do the short hike from the trail head this is the first time I hiked from the Temperance river trailhead and LOVED IT. The first 3 miles of this hike are easy and the last half mile is moderate to difficult. I loved the amazing views of the Temperance River. There are lots of short excursion trails by the river where you can get better views. The last part of the hike around Carlton Peak is a bit irregular and a more challenging. Great views from the summit and Ted Tofte overlook.

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!

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!

walking
3 days ago

Really amazing trail! Stunning views and those fall colors are breathtaking!

hiking
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.

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.

Easy hike with a pretty waterfall. Dog friendly.

hiking
8 days ago

Great river views. Easy stroll with no inclines.

Great fall colors today (oct 7) but some trees have already lost all their leaves due to recent storm. Trail was very easy with minimal inclines. Nice Sunday stroll. Waterfall was small but pretty.

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!!

I hiked this trail to Wolf Creek Fall on Oct 6th 2018. The trails are surrounded by trees starting to change color (mainly light green and yellow at that time, but some red). Beautiful hike! No mosquitos at that time of year. The fall into a pool of water was very nice, but the changing colored trees in the background made it even better. On the way back, I took the Quarry loop trail that is closest to Kerry River. I found a safe means to get down to the river edge - now that was spectacular! At that spot, the river rapids flow through dredged-out sedimentary rocks with colorful trees on both sides of the river. Some iron in the river makes it a little orange through the rapids. Beautiful for photographing!

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).

Breathtaking paths
Easy navigation
Absolutely beautiful area
Stunning fall colors right now
Only saw one or two other people which made it a perfect place for me to meditate.
Highly recommend!

Great trail, reminded me of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, great views throughout!

This trail listed is actually the Hiking Club trail. I’m a fast hiker and this took about 2 hours to complete. It takes you through the hardwoods, then to the prairie. I’ve been hiking this park since I was a kid and the best trail by far is the Monarch one. It takes you through the prairie, by a beaver pond in the hardwoods, and has a beautiful view of the bluffs from the top. Happy hiking! :)

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.

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.

The upper trail had a nice view with rolling hills. The trail is grassy with some gravel areas. There are places to stop and take in the scenery.

Loved this hike! Trekking poles very helpful with the irregular terrain.

Great hike and the views make the uphill worth it! Trekking poles are a necessity.

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!

Agree with the other posters that I wouldn’t classify it as easy. A decent amount of steep inclines and steps. Beautiful though.

Great hike, but I wouldn’t rate it as Easy. It should be rated Moderate. Follow signs for “Hiking Club”, otherwise Trail is not always well marked. Can get to some beautiful river views from the trail. Will definitely go back!

Only did part of the route recorded here. Nice mix of prairie and riverside areas. Be prepared for sun exposure. Mostly flat with only elevation change occurring at the old river channel's banks. Overall, I had a nice hike here.

Easy to access, but crowded trail. Dog-friendly. Requires some careful footing at times, but overall a fairly easy hike for most people. River is forceful, rugged, and impressive. Several great viewpoints. Worth a quick hike, even if you skip the wooded portion of the loop in favor of just seeing the river.

Loves following the trails. There are beautiful scenic overlooks to see the fall leaves and the trails can take you right down to the river and even a couple creeks. Also a very good area to go off of the trails and explore as well

27 days ago

Beautiful views.

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