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I have been hiking this for 30 years. Beautiful scenery over the park. Takes me about 15 minutes

I hike this trail often. 2-3 times /month. I prefer to hike from the end of the road to the nature center. Hike it more than once and try both ways to find your preference.

Beautiful scenery. Such cool clear water. There are several places that require crossing through water but with waterproof boots it is not a problem. I will definately be back.

Great trail for running

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 day ago

Fun easy walk. If you pass the “Road Closed” sign, it takes you straight to the edge of Lake Jacomo—downhill there and back up to return. Nice wide trail (muddy at present) with some unpaved offshoots. I crossed paths with a couple walking their dogs, a kid on a dirt bike, and some teens on a date. Beautiful day!

hiking
1 day ago

So Whitetail is just one of several short trails at the Parkville Sanctuary. I liked them all. My favorite so far has been Old Kate Trail. But I am still hiking the Whitetail Trail. A wonderful place to bring kids, a leisure hike, or running trails. No dogs or pets allowed.

Loved it except crazy teenagers acting out like psychos. Definitely nice and light workout.

blowdown
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Great trail, wide and relatively smooth path. nice paths to the waters edge.

on Bluff Creek Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Scenic, easy, and well maintained.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Nice short trail. Was a bit muddy but easily marked.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

We’ve hiked this trail a few times now with our dogs. Both times we’ve been before noon on a weekend and have only ran into 1-2 other people on the trail. It’s pretty shaded and in some places, the trail is a little hard to read, but it’s still pretty easy to navigate around. And even if you go off trail by accident, you will likely stumble back upon it at some point. There are a few areas where I have seen used needles on the trail from drug users, which is really unfortunate. I’d just advise for people to be watchful around the rock formation areas to ensure their pups don’t step on anything like that. Regardless of that, we’ll be back with our dogs again.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Bridge was out but beautiful walk with my family and dog.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome falls! Well worth the trip!

hiking
2 days ago

Nice river views

hiking
3 days ago

well marked good variety. There is no way this trail is 6.3 like the sign says. It's longer for sure. I always encounter mountain bikers on the trail and horse poop. It goes right behind six flags so you will hear people screaming on the boss and hear the train whistle for a while but then you move far enough away. There are no scenic vistas but it is still a pretty hike. There is a little creek with mossy rocks along the side in the valley around mile four where I always take a break. Prettiest spot on the trail.

The trail was just perfect for the beautiful Sunday. I had only couple of hours for walking today and this trail was just right distance to do that. There were no bikers which also was nice.
Would be nice if all Spring flowers bloom but I guess it was too early for the Spring flowers. Plan to go back next month.

Nice trail, would be cooler if it wasn't paved. Lots of wildlife, never seen so many Blue Jays in one place before.

Nice paved/asphalt trail for much of the walk. Be aware that if you go counter-clockwise, and you get to Adam’s Dairy Rd., the trail ends and you end up walking on grass/dirt and along NE Jefferson Rd till you get back to the lake parking lot along I-70. From there, the trail picks back up again and continues all the way to the beginning where it starts. I walked around right before the 1st week of Spring, so not much was blooming but I imagine that it’s nice when the trees and flowers have bloomed and have their leaves.

hiking
3 days ago

Definitely do not recommend. The bridge is fine, but it wasn't worth the 51 minute drive.

backpacking
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

This is my absolute favorite place to hike/backpack. To me it's deepest attraction is that it is very rugged and wild. It definitely has a Lord of the Rings feel! haha You'll want to make sure to account for significantly longer than you normally would for this distance. If it rained recently you'll feel like you're hiking in a creek sometimes, but it will also mean Mina Sauk Falls will look extra spectacular. You do have to cross a couple decent size creeks as well.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Amazing views of waterfalls! It was a pretty moderate trail

hiking
3 days ago

Trail follows alongside a wide creek for almost its entire length. It’s a very busy trail with a lot of friendly dogs. The trail runs on top of some bluffs and below some bluffs that are on the opposite side of the creek where we watched some people rock climbing up a bluff face.

hiking
3 days ago

Short out and back trail along the top of a bluff. Sharp ascent at the start but nice views from atop the bluffs of the creek below.

hiking
3 days ago

A very busy wide concrete path around the lake.

Wide concrete path around the perimeter of the park. There are several huge trees in the park including some beautiful Sycamores.

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