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Completely misleading and non existant hike. Ruined our entire day driving out here for a hike that doesn't exist. This hike needs to be deleted from the site and the person who created it needs to be banned from the community before they ruin anyone else's weekend.

This is not “out & back” ; it is a loop. The paper map from the park is kinda vague. Was not clear where to park or begin. My advice: Park at the first “trailhead parking” lot on the left a little ways past the beach parking. You’ll see a little amphitheater. The trails begin across the street from this lot. Hike straight towards the campground past 2 yurts. The bathroom in the campgrounds is exceptionally clean! I did not see any trail markers in the campground. Right beside the first campsite you’ll see a paved road blocked by a park gate. This is where the orange trail starts. I hiked counterclockwise. Great little trail. Pretty rocks & ferns. Nice bench with a view. There are 5 creek crossings on the second half of the trail. No bridges, but easy to hop. When the orange trail markers end, you’ll momentarily follow the blue trail, then it changes to yellow, then white and shortly brings you back past the yurts to the parking lot where you started. Only saw one human the whole day :)

2 months ago

Offers a little bit of everything - modest climb, well maintained trails, water crossings, and a scenic view. Didn't find it to been too challenging, but was pleased to see very little trail traffic.

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2 months ago

Great horse trail. Only takes about 3 hours . Great day ride

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5 months ago

Combine Turkey Ridge Trail and Lake Shore Trail for an extra adventure. Loved It.

Trails need some clearing but it is a wonderful adventure.

1st time there for me. 33 degree day with a fair amount of sunshine. I took Whiskey Run all the way around and got on Iron Mine and then onto Stuart's Knob to check out the summit. All in all a nice hike for me and the pups.Trail was well blazed and the tread pretty good. Lots of leaves on the trail so it was difficult to see where any rocks or stumps were which is important for a guy who has a tendency to shuffle too much LOL. The second two trails were marked as difficult. Not sure if I found them to be so. Worth the trip up there if you've never been.

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9 months ago

Easy but nice walk along the water. Dam isn’t much to look at but the trail was calming with predominant lake view

Great trail! The markings were a little off and the maintenance is lacking due to the fact of having to pay $5 to park.

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11 months ago

Easy trail with a pretty overlook of the lake and finally to a dam area. Very little grade hills.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

A great trail that has a nice rest stop with a great view and the dam/spillway was a great place for a picnic. Trail was very easy very little up or down.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Very nice trail with no people

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Very easy, couple of nice views (still no leaves up) and did not take much time. I think map try's to start you in a different spot. There are signs marking the lot to park in.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Overall, I enjoyed the trail. However, while on it I was wondering why it was labeled hard, there wasn't too many inclines. As we were approaching the waterfall it was a moderately steep down hill slope. It seems as though if we started going to the left side of the loop from the trail head we would have done more climbing. Wish we would have known that from the beginning! It would be worth going back again and trying the trail counterclockwise!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

nice easy hike.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

This is a great little hike if you just have an hour or so!

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

I visited in September. The waterfall was barely a trickle, but I can see how it would be a nice sight when the creek is running higher. The trail is about half up, then half down. Demanding in a few sections, but okay otherwise. A few creek crossings may be muddy. There are some sections that are steep, but it's not too bad. Good views at the top. This trail connects with several others in the park.

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Monday, November 07, 2016