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Excellent moderate hike. There are a lot of small hills which is why this is considered a “moderate.” In some cases it’s almost easier to just walk alongside some of the stairs that have been built. There were a lot of families on this hike who seemed to be managing just fine. The views at the end at spectacular. Keep a close eye on younger hikers at the end of the trail.

Easy couple hour hike. Amazing views of the shorelines and caves. Fun trail and lots of places to set up a hammock to relax along the way.

Great hike, awesome views!

If your kayak trip gets canceled or postponed, this a good hike even in the rain!

Classic Wisconsin ridge hike. Through some woods and prairie and along a bluff overlooking farmland.

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.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

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.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

We loved this trail, it was a blast! The alligator in a bikini was chilling next to the trail.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Glad I went - nice opportunity to get outside for a quick hike. Keep expectations low but it's always nice to get out into the woods whether it's 2 stars or 5 stars

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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.

Pretty nice, but not that much vegetation and the bluff isn't very high

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Trail condition good. Not green yet but woolly bear was out. Found a deer skeleton within prescribed burn area.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Very neat trail. While none of the hills in Wisconsin is 'tall' in any sense, this one has good prominence. The south end starts on prairie, climbs up the bluff. Giant sandstone boulders and bare oak trees dot the ascent. The geology signs along the way are highly informative, even include a real stromatolite fossil -- and thanks for providing magnifying glasses! Once on top of the bluff, the trail follows a ridge line in the woods, passing through several view points and a couple ravines. The plant life seems to be diverse -- will have to come back in spring to check it out. There is somehow a most unusual cairn along the trail -- a crocodile statue. Note: the trails along the east foot of the bluff is private property (unlike the Alltrails map suggests). There is no facility. The trails is closed during the nine day gun deer season.

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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.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Enjoyable area, nice hills and forested, great scenery especially in fall.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

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

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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, September 06, 2014

Trout Point trail is very challenging. It is a wilderness trail when you reach the trail head. There are downed trees many of which had the trail marker on them. Bring a GPS/Compass to navigate the trail.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From the visitor's center at Presque Isle you go down the Quarry Bay Trail to the Trout Point trailhead just past the wilderness sign. The beginning of the trail is grassy and early in the season may be overgrown. The bugs can be bad at times as well. You cross many creeks with boards over them that can be slippery when damp. The trail has many blown over trees not removed from the trail. You either go over them or around them. You can get lost at places because it is a wilderness area without a lot of markings. The hemlock forest and oak grove is great in the interior. Hiking along the ravine 3/4 of the way is nice. It is wide like an old logging road. The edge of the meadow near trout point can be overgown and hard to find the trail. Raspberry bushes can be a bother to some. Once through the campsite is beautiful and primitive. The beach was nice but has a rocky bottom. Not good for boats to pull up on.

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