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blowdown
2 days ago

Short hike with kids. Very flat, but had a few downed trees to work across. Creek crossing was “high” water, so the feet got a little wet. Could have gone a different route, but wanted to stay on that specific trail.

easy peasy little bit muddy!

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muddy
over grown
11 days ago

Tried to stay on blue. Very difficult to keep on trail.

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muddy
24 days ago

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flooded
muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail but I would consider this an easy one.

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muddy
2 months ago

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flooded
muddy
2 months ago

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off trail
3 months ago

Calling this loop a “trail” is a stretch, as it’s really a route cobbled together from different trails in and around Algonkian Park. I would have lost my way where the route goes around a middle school athletic field without help of the app. I recommend weaving through the network of trails south of Pasture Run instead; they are well marked and offer every bit as much variety of landscape that the bigger loop does.

Easy, decent sense of seclusion.... blazes get a little wobbly when the trail emerges near the ball fields, but the rest of it is very well-marked.

Easy autumn walk with the puppy. Quiet enough for being near a busy road. Good quick trail for puppy walking. Not too long

Nice local hike with a mix of being alone in the woods with parts that straddle the road local farms/schools. For the location, it is a great easy getaway. I did the home alone in just over an hour. Pretty flat

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

Maybe I’m use to Natural Forest Trails? This is single person wide; about a women’s shoe, size 8. It’s almost impossible to have a dog on a leash if anyone else is on the trail. It’s not wide enough for 2 ppl to pass each other w/o someone going in the bushes. We did see deer; maybe 10+

We did the actual loop on the app that says 4.1 miles. It ends up being about 5 and it’s more moderate terrain, the full loop is not “easy” and is not well marked. If I was in the mood for a moderate hike I’d have given this 4 or 5 stars. But it’s marked easy, and I wanted easy today.

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muddy
7 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

It is as advertised, a easy walk in the woods for the most part... a bit muddy, a bit buggy, but perfectly fine otherwise! Saw a deer, so that was nice too.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
7 months ago

Trail goes across a road and through a school property. Ticks everywhere.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

The trail is a nice one for someone just looking for something quick, fun, and family friendly. I run on it a couple times a week. Be wary of the rocks and roots because I twisted my ankle on the trails because of it being uneven in parts. It’s a good trail for being in the suburbs.

Nice running or walking trail. Good area for grilling and picnics as well.

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bridge out
muddy
over grown
washed out
9 months ago

If you’re looking for a swamp, look no further. 3/4 of the trail was washed out and we spent most of our time tacking our way through the brush. Also, you cross 2 different creeks (one of them twice), and most of the time no way to cross. There’s only one bridge which is further down and way out of the way. I would recommend this trail only when there hasn’t been much rainfall to wash away everything out.... also make sure to wear your bug spray

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