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Great hike-go past the bowls to see the rest of the coastline-out and back 5 miles!

Cool, bring your walking stick for your old knees

We hiked this trail a few days ago. Most of the trail was under a tree canopy and about the first mile was boardwalk. After that, there were some ups and downs and parts of the trail were rocky. When the trees opened so we could view Lake Superior and the sea caves, it was incredible. We went only a little bit past the caves for a total round trip of about 3.5 miles.

Pretty great views but my only complaints are that: (1) the trail becomes just impossible to follow after the caves with zero trail markers the whole time that I eventually had to turn around with fear of being lost and (2) the lack of fencing around the caves would make it extremely dangerous to bring small children. That being said, the trail was overall very easy walking, only a few spots where I had to take big step ups/step downs, moments where the trail was slippery, but overall a nice, enjoyable trial! Lots of tree coverage from the sun, cute little streams to enjoy, nice openings where you can enjoy the lake and it’s expanse, and pretty decent teaser views of the caves.

Some awesome views. Be sure to take the side trails for the views and be sure to make it to the last viewpoint before the camp.

The view is great but the recent addition of the boardwalk section means that you miss the beauty of the woods trying to stay on the walkway.

Such a beautiful hike! We got started at around 9am on a Friday and had the trail out to ourselves, however, the way back (noonish) was definitely more populated. Very nice and well kept trail. Amazing views at the outlooks! App says moderate difficulty, however, do not be deterred by this - aside from some up and down step paths, this hike is easy.

Monday, August 07, 2017

I love this trail in all seasons! It's both challenging and beautiful. This trail provides a look at the sea caves from above. It's worth the drive!

Trail was well maintained and there were very few mosquitoes out. Not muddy at all. I tried to do the loop trail from the quarry and went across island and got very lost. Loop trail has a number of downed trees. Would not recommend

Monday, July 31, 2017

The best way to see the sea caves period is by kayak, but the best way on land is this hike. Starting at Meyer's Beach, the first 0.7 miles is boardwalk. After the boardwalk ends, the trail dips steeply in and out of many ravines. First sea cave is at 1.8 miles, but best view is at The Bowl at 2.2 miles. Moderate is the right difficulty rating for this hike, but that partly depends on how far you go. Trail does not loop. Overall, best mainland hike in the Apostle Islands.

trail running
Monday, July 24, 2017

I had such a good time on this hike! I tried jogging most of it because i wanted a harder workout and just stopped at the overlooks. So pretty and great for walking or trail running. There are a few side trails to walk along the edge more, and you can go for a longer hike if you continue on, about 5.5 miles out is a campground. I made it about 4.5 miles out when I decided to turn around. Took a break to eat my pb&j at a overlook and watched the kayakers go in the caves.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trail has some muddy sections still, and the first half mile or so is boardwalk. A lot of the trail is away from the water and is just a stroll through the trees. This should be rated as Easy not Moderate, there were plenty of older people and young children doing it. If you continue past the sea caves (1.8 miles in), at 2.5 miles in there's the camera for wavesatseacaves.cee.wisc.edu, and it's a good view there.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Relatively tame first mile or so as it's all boardwalk and wooden steps, but past the initial section it's a nice mix of sand, root-filled single track, and wider trails. Beautiful views at times with some sketchy side trails leading to the best of those.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

This was another beautiful ride from September 2006. I would love to come back in the winter and see the ice caves.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Great trail for the fall. First mile has been improved and is 80% wood walkway.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Not sure if this would be the correct place to review, but I visited the ice caves in 2014 in this spot. It was the first time in 9 years it was cold enough to freeze the shore area on Lake Superior to see the caves, and if you ever have the chance to do this I would highly recommend it. It's definitely a natural wonder and far surpassed my expectations. It was a pretty long hike if you go as far as the farthest caves, which most people didn't. The ice formations are unreal and there were many bald eagles, as well as beautiful scenery and rock formations. There were spots in the caves where the ice was clear and you could look beneath you into the frozen lake, and many fun areas to explore and rocks to climb.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My husband & I spent Valentine's day hiking to the ice caves when Lake Superior was frozen enough to walk on. It was about 10 degrees, but the 1 mile out to the caves warmed us up! It was an amazing experience!! It was crowded, but I didn't pay any attention to the others. The views of the ice caves, up close and personal, were spectacular!! Dogs are allowed, but on a leash.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our family visited this park during February when Lake Superior was frozen. The sea caves were accessible from the lake ice. The caves were amazingly beautiful covered in ice. There were hundreds of people visiting on the same day we were, so it was quite crowded. However, everyone was having a great time experiencing this spectacle of nature. We hope to return in summer to kayak the caves.

paddle sports
Saturday, June 09, 2012

This is a great experience if you ever get a chance, I'd highly recommend it. We were able to kayak through calm streams and lakes before we reached the great Lake Superior to tour caves as the tide was down. Great time was had by all and wasnt that difficult. Beautiful relaxing time for a day or half day experience.

Friday, February 17, 2012

My wife and I walked the clifftop trails on two occasions. The first time we walked eastward from Myers Beach about three miles. She walked away from the marked trail to a beautiful point overlooking Lake Superior and caves on three sides. I walked onward to a different overlook. We lost track of each other. I did not see her again until we returned to the parking lot 1 1/2 hours later. There are hazards; unmarked crevasses and pits, and sandy slippery clifftops with a 100 foot drop to water that is seldom warmer than 60 degrees F except late July into August. The second occasion was a quick stop to observe the new construction of picnic facilities and a boardwalk down to the lake shore. When the water is warm and the waves run in at 4 to 6 feet, the sandy bottom makes for great body surfing.

Friday, August 12, 2011

It moderately stinks that you need to pay to park at Myers beach but that is okay because the facilities are nice and kept well. I hiked the whole trail and saw some great views of the caves from above. The trail does not really have an end point so you just go out as far as you want and turn around when you have seen enough. The first portion of the trail is in the woods and MUDDY! to the point that it should be skipped by walking on the beach and taking the spur that connects to the trail at the first road it crosses. Avoiding the mud is okay because you will not miss any views, in fact you will enjoy the stroll on the beach, at least in the summer. Great trail overall! Just be cautious of the cliffs and be safe!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Fabulous location. Meyer's Beach has upgraded the parking lot, so now has more space, a better pit toilet, and - unfortunately - more people. The trail follows along the cliff above the caves for a good portion of the trail. I haven't made it all 4.8 miles out to the caves from above in warm weather, but snowshoed a way along the trail in winter. The Sea Caves become the Ice Caves in winter, so when the conditions are good, this is a whole other experience. You can walk on the lake ice about a mile straight out to the caves and see some amazing ice formations. You have to check with the National Park Service to make sure it's open.

15 days ago

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