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scramble
29 days ago

hiking
muddy
scramble
1 month ago

Nice trail! It's bumpy, uneven and plenty of ups and downs. It was a good hike rewarded with nice views at the end.

Our Apostle Islands boat tour was canceled due to choppy water so we did this hike instead. Great fall hike. A little muddy in some places and some up and down on terraced steps, but nothing too strenuous. We turned around between the Crevasse and Keyhole because it was getting late. Would love to come back and camp sometime.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
private property
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Very fun trail. my sister and I didn't complete it because we started kinda later in the day than we had originally planned, but what we did was great. Challenging enough to get the heart pounding, but nothing we couldn't handle and there are some amazing views and photo opps. Can't wait to return and do the entire trail. FYI $5 parking fee

hiking
2 months ago

Trail closed due to washout landslide.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great plan B if your kayaking tour is canceled for weather. You are hiking on top of the cliffs and get a couple of nice scenic shots along the way. The trail markers were easy to follow so you won’t get lost. In early September you saw other people on the trail but it was t overly crowded.

Great Trail! Sea Cave overlook is VERY COOL! Thx Bruce

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views. Great for trail running.

Mostly excellent. Don't believe the signage (or other reviews) that highlights "rockpile with trees". The trail doesn't get you there. I made three off-trail cuts through the woods and only got an obstructed view (I think). I talked with some other hikers who said they went another mile or more in and didn't get to anything worthwhile. Apparently there's more good stuff out there, but you'll need to have a good portion of a day to make it out and back. If your time is limited, stick to the AllTrails route. Be sure to take the spur at the 1.9 mile mark. The views that you do get (from about 1.5 to 2.5 miles in) are beautiful and truly unique. So are the sounds...other-worldly low-bass water sounds that you can't hear anywhere else. I hope to return for the longer hike in the future.

on Brownstone Trail

hiking
2 months ago

As of August 24, 2019, the trail is still closed due to a landslide. They do take you on a detour, but the detour walks you along a busy highway. The scenic value is lacking - mostly just a path through the woods.

not really anything to see and the trail isn't that great.

Great hiking trail. We took our dog and it was doable but difficult. Still had a blast and would definitely do it again. Well worth the views at the end.

This was a nice, short stroll that was very pretty and quiet. There was a ranger station you can go into and there is a bunch of facts about the island in the station. At Anderson point there is a big dock that we jumped off and it was lots of fun. If your sailing the Apostle Islands, definitely go to Stockton Island and check out this hike. Very cool!

Excellent trail along the lakeshore. Our whole family started this one (ages 11 to 70) and though a bit too much for the older folks, the rest of us made it to the lookouts. Great views and a great hike from start to finish. Would definitely do this one again.

Hiked/ ran this trail on a beautiful August morning. The first .7 miles or so has boardwalk but with a few steps. The caves are 1.8 miles in. There’s quite a few overlooks of the caves just off the trail. Some are just overlooks if water but some give you great views of the caves and arches. You can maneuver out to get a better look but the cliffs are very steep so safety first. The trail after the caves gets less traffic and is narrower and slightly overgrown in spots but always visible. Also, a lot more ravines and elevation changes. I got out to the ‘Rockpile with Trees’ which does not have a clear overlook. I nearly missed it and luckily saw it coming back. Thus was one of the best iconic views of the lakeshore so glad I caught it.

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bugs
3 months ago

My wife and I were ambitious and tried this trail with our two year old and three month old on our backs. It took a little over an hour each way. It was beautiful once to got to the end and overlook the sea caves.

Very well-maintained trail that affords really cool aerial views of the caves along the lake shore. The path is mostly woods and ravines for 1.2 miles, but then continues on to multiple viewing spots of the caves. We enjoyed our trek!

on Brownstone Trail

hiking
3 months ago

We only did part of this trail as a portion was closed. Beautiful flowers along the way!

Went in with 6 adults, 13 kids and 2 dogs!! We had a great time!! Not too buggy, very well maintained!!

backpacking
over grown
4 months ago

I ended up on this trail not knowing I was taking it. I made a last minute trip to Apostle Islands and wasn't able to reserve a campsite on time. Fortunately, Mainland Campsite 1 was available. This campsite is an additional 2 miles... 6 miles from Meyers Beach trail head. Meyers Beach Trail - It is a scenic trail but there is no access to the caves. If you have bad knees, I recommend bringing a trekking poles for the small hills. Trail to Campsite- Overgrown. There was quite a bit of rainfall two weeks prior. I'm 4'11. A quarter portion of the last two miles I felt like I needed a machete just to move through the ferns (which reached up to my chest). I removed 17 ticks off of my dog after this trip. Other than the over grown ferns, I loved the campsite. It had your own personal beach. Quiet and worth the hike for a one or two night backpacking trip.

Trail is well maintained, but not what you expect. If you think you are going to close-up views of the sea caves, you won't. You are limited due to there being no access to the the shoreline. Still a nice trail with few intrest points.

hiking
4 months ago

definitely recommend this, make sure you don't turn around to soon. We had heavy rain start right when we left the parking lot and then it continued until we were back. it got muddy but not too bad and it was still a nice hike.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Did this hike on a Winter camping trip in January. If you can brave the cold, I definitely recommend this in the Winter. It's an easy hike. Lots of spots to stop and look out over the lake from the top of the sea caves. You can look down into the caves an see massive ice formations, and hear the roaring waves crash against the rock. I uploaded some pictures from our winter hike. Beautiful! Bring a camera, and maybe a thermos of hot tea/whiskey.

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