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The Forest Service marker calls this Northern Light Lake overlook trail. good parking at the trail head. The trail is well maintained and lightly used. We are 67 but experienced hikers and would rate this hard but worth the trek. Some rocks and roots but trail is clear. there are several spots with views of the Northern Lights lake and nearby lakes.
Nice hike. The only negative was the sound of traffic on Gunflint Trail, this time if year as people head in to BWCA.

1 day ago

Love this trail. It has a little bit of everything from open prairie to woods. The trail is a mixture of flat to rolling hills. Perfect length. Early morning is the best.

Very nice path, well-maintained. Only drawback is it’s very busy...

As good as it gets this close to the city. Wonderful secluded trails with beautiful wildlife and a great gazebo for a mid hike water break.

Fairly easy hiking. DON’T FORGET THE BUG SPRAY! The flies are thick. Our dogs were covered with them.

backpacking park

Nice easy hike. Our small dog made the whole trip from the campground up to the 5th falls with no problem. Some steep spots that were muddy and slick. The trail by the upper falls gets very close to the edge in some areas, so it can get a little scary if you're not into heights. Definitely watch your kids if you go to the upper falls! Overall a great hike!

The view of the sunset is amazing!

Nice trail, and u can swim to!

2 days ago

Monitor water level before making a trip here. Best in the fall or before water gets high otherwise you will be walking through knee to thigh-high water part of the way to the bridge and when the water is high, the bugs will destroy!! Really awesome and easy when water level is down. My best guess is call Frontenac State Park and ask if there is water on the Sand Point trail. They probably know.

3 days ago

This trail (set of Tamarack, Aspen, Oak) is a very strange(?) experience. The good part is that it is one of the very quiet places you can be, and enjoy nature in its truest sense. The lake views are excellent, there are signs to guide at every junction, so getting lost is very difficult. On the other hand, be prepared for bugs and insects, they WILL swarm you. It might also give some the "spooky" experience since its very quiet around here

This is a really good trail to walk or bike on. Chanhassen is a very sparsely populated area and the footfall is very low so it makes it fun

road biking
3 days ago

This trail is one of my favorites.

A great trail for walks in the hot weather with your dogs. Most of the trail is shade and is very easy. There are very nice wooden bridges around the lake in great condition to get you over the wet spots. There are a few benches to rest on along the way. We took the short trail and it was just over an hour with two small beagles in 88 degree weather. The trail is well marked at all the intersections and the signage in excellent condition. As always bring bug spray. We will be back soon to try the longer loop soon.

Beautiful area. Much larger than expected.
Upkeep of the trails leaves something to be desired. A lot of it was overgrown and some trails that show on the map are not accessible due to it being overgrown. The trail signs are a bit difficult to know how far and what direction it will truly be going unless you are looking at a map.
Due to flooding a very large section of trail is under water and not accessible at this current time.
A lot of nature to see. Beautiful fields, forest area and the lake. Some of the swamp area was mucky and a bit hard to navigate.
Overall a great trail, not many visitors. So very peaceful. Plan ahead to carry any trash you have as there were no trash bins in the area.

Beautiful, relaxing

So many memories! Did the whole thing

road biking
5 days ago

Also fun to hike in winter.

6 days ago

A nice, peaceful park to walk in.

it's a great hike, but can definitely be busier near the lake if like me you like a less busy place to relax and watch wildlife.

Awesome falls, cool swinging bridge and nice elevation changes make for a good hour long hike.

This is a perfect walking (not hiking) trail I use regularly walking my dog. It’s completely paved and bikes are allowed as well. There are some off-trail paths as well. Beautiful lake and small largely oak forest, beautiful year-round, exceptional in autumn. Mostly locals. Beautiful lodge with cafe and WiFi as well.

Good trail - steps in parts so don’t bring a stroller (or anything else you wouldn’t want to carry at times)

on Elys Peak Trail

9 days ago

It's a very scenic trail. It's a bit confusing following the trail due to there being multiple trails. But if you want to go out and enjoy some scenery this is the trail for you.

Beautiful views. Hike was rocky but not too difficult.

Start at Woods Creek, walk along Devils Track, and up to the summit on Pincushion and you will not be disappointed.

trail running
10 days ago

Pretty flat and overall but very pretty!

trail running
10 days ago

Super gorgeous but tons of deer flies currently!

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