Dog Friendly Hikes in the Midwest

Showing all 153 dog friendly hikes.

Indian Head

Mississippi Palisades State Park, Illinois

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Sentinel Trail to the Twin Sisters

Mississippi Palisades State Park, Illinois

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The Twin Sisters and the Mississippi River beyond in the late afternoon sun
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.8 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Maquoketa Caves North to the Natural Bridge and Twin Arch Cave

Maquoketa Caves State Park, Iowa

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

The trail as it meanders under the 50-foot high Natural Bridge
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.8 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Millard Falls

Angeles National Forest, California

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

The beautiful Millard Canyon Falls
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.6 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Humphreys Peak (Arizona State Highpoint) via the Humphreys Peak Trail

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Looking south towards Agassiz and Fremont Peaks from the top of one false summit
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Very hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 10 miles roundtrip
Time 8 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

North and South Overlooks

Great River Bluffs State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The view from the North Overlook
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

River Route

Apple River Canyon State Park, Illinois

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Wide open river views at the end of the trail
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Effigy Mounds Trail to Hanging Rock

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa

Monday, July 29th, 2019

The view of the Mississippi From Hanging Rock
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 3.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Sand Cave Trail

Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The mossy waterfall at Little Sand Cave
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bridal Veil Falls and Hickory Ridge Mounds Loop

Pikes Peak State Park, Iowa

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Bridal Veil Falls trickling over the limestone overhang
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

King's Bluff Hiking Club Trail

Great River Bluffs State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Wildflowers and green bluffs to the west of the trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Rocky Glen Waterfall and Des Plaines River Overlook

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Illinois

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Shut-Ins Trail Loop

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

A spectacular springtime view of the East Fork Black River from the Ozark Trail
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.75 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Braille Trail Loop

Elephant Rocks State Park, Missouri

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The elephant rocks and the green forest beyond
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.9 miles roundtrip
Time 30 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Taum Sauk Mountain (Missouri State Highpoint) and Mina Sauk Falls Loop

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Missouri

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The rolling green Ozarks from a glade on the Mina Sauk Trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.2 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Mount Pinos and Sawmill Mountain

Los Padres National Forest, California

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The view north from Sawmill Mountain into the Central Valley's patchwork of farm fields and orchards
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6 miles roundtrip
Time 3.5 hours
Terrain Strenuous Climbing
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

High Dune

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Massive sand dunes with snow capped peaks in the background
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Topatopa Bluff

Los Padres National Forest, California

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The iconic ridge of Topatopa Bluff looming overhead
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Very hard
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 14 miles roundtrip
Time 9 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Chief Peak

Los Padres National Forest, California

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

A full moon rising above the Topatopa Mountains
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 9 miles roundtrip
Time 5 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Dune Life Nature Trail Loop

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Monday, April 1st, 2019

The view of the San Andres Mountains at the halfway point
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Interdune Boardwalk

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The wheelchair accessible boardwalk with dunes on either side
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.4 miles roundtrip
Time 20 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Playa Trail

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The Sacramento Mountains towering over the flat desert
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Alkali Flat Loop

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

The San Andres Mountains beyond the blowing white sand
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Miller Point

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The view of the badlands gorge from Miller Point
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Calico Tanks

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The view from the top of Calico Tanks
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mount Wrightson via Old Baldy Trail

Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The view southeast from the summit of Mount Wrightson
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Very hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 10.8 miles roundtrip
Time 6 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lover's Leap Loop

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Looking southwest past the rocky ledge of Lovers' Leap
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Black Elk Peak Loop (South Dakota State Highpoint)

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The view looking south towards your next destinations: the Cathedral Spires and Little Devils Tower
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6.8 miles roundtrip
Time 3.5 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Sheepnose Mountain

Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Fog dowsing the rock formations at the summit of Sheepnose Mountain
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.6 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

North Country Trail to 5 Waterfalls

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

The Black River as it cascades down Potawatomi Falls
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 8.5 miles roundtrip
Time 5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Norbeck Overlook

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Looking west towards the bright sun over Black Elk Peak
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

High Peak Trail Loop

Glacial Lakes State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The grassy, glacier-carved hills in the distance
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Oak Leaf Loop

Sheyenne National Grassland, North Dakota

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Trees breaking up the prairie landscape with a windmill and trough in the distance
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Breezy Point

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Typical Black Hills rock formations seen in the distance
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

On-A-Slant Indian Village and Little Soldier Loop

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, North Dakota

Monday, October 29th, 2018

On-A-Slant Indian Village and the Missouri River as seen from the bluffs above
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.8 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Seth Bullock built this tower by hand to honor his friend Teddy Roosevelt
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Redetzke Ridge, Valley View, and North Fork Trail Loop

Fort Ransom State Park, North Dakota

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Beautiful fall colors filling the valley and covering the hills
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

White Butte (North Dakota State Highpoint)

White Butte, North Dakota

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The view of chalky buttes as seen from White Butte's summit
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Warren Peak Fire Lookout

Black Hills National Forest, Wyoming

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Sunsets are particularly amazing on top of Warren Peak
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lester River Falls

Lester Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

The waterfall as viewed from the edge of the Lester River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Ice Age Trail to Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area, Wisconsin

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

A side profile of Gibraltar Rock shows the scale of the cliff
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.4 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Pierce Lake Loop

Rock Cut State Park, Illinois

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Pierce Lake as seen from the trail
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Meximine Falls

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The lower torrents of Meximine Falls
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.1 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mount Arvon (Michigan State Highpoint)

Mount Arvon, Michigan

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

On extra clear days, the view from Mount Arvon extends to Lake Superior
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bond Falls

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

The majestic Bond Falls from the accessible viewing platform
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Cascade Falls Loop

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Cascade Falls is the final destination of this scenic hike
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Timm's Hill (Wisconsin State Highpoint)

Timm's Hill County Park, Wisconsin

Monday, September 10th, 2018

The observation tower as seen from the base of Timm's Hill
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Agate Falls

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan

Monday, September 10th, 2018

The beautifully cascading waters of Agate Falls
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.3 miles roundtrip
Time 20 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Inspiration Point and Sunrise Rock Loop

Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

This view awaits you at Sunrise Rock
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.8 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Dakota Point Trail Scenic Overlook

Stone State Park, Iowa

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The view from Dakota Point is the main attraction of this trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Park Point

Park Point Recreation Area, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

You can see Duluth in the distance while along the shore of the point
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Oberg Mountain

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

I assure you, the view here is amazing on a clear day
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

LaVeaux Mountain

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

This boulder provides a great spot to sit and enjoy the view of the Superior National Forest
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Stone Creek Falls

Platte River State Park, Nebraska

Monday, August 13th, 2018

This pretty little waterfall is just a short drive from Omaha and an easy hike away!
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Moose Viewing Trail

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The small lake beneath the observation platform is quite pretty
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Caribou Rock Trail to Rose Falls

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

This hike is filled with overlooks of secluded lakes
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 5 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Chik-Wauk Nature Trail

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The view from the Moose Pond Overlook is spectacular
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.35 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Honeymoon Bluff

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Just one of the views from Honeymoon Bluff
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Magnetic Rock

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

This rock was clearly the inspiration for the opening scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Eagle Mountain (Minnesota State Highpoint)

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Many mistake the hill in the distance for Eagle Mountain, but it's actually an unnamed peak just east of your destination
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 4 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Pine Bluffs Nature Trail

Bluffs Recreation Area, Wyoming

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

These pine tree covered bluffs are a welcome sight after driving across the prairie flatness of Nebraska
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.6 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Panorama Point (Nebraska State Highpoint)

Panorama Point, Nebraska

Friday, June 15th, 2018

That's me at the marker for the highest point in Nebraska!
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.1 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Hawkeye Point (Iowa State Highpoint)

Hawkeye Point, Iowa

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

This highpoint monument has signs pointing to every other highpoint in the U.S.
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.1 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Mount Magazine (Arkansas State Highpoint)

Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

That's me standing at the highest point in all of Arkansas!
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.4 miles roundtrip
Time 45 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Pinnacle Mountain Loop

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Arkansas

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Lake Maumelle as viewed from the summit
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Overlook and Carver's Cave Loop

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Minnesota

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

You can't beat this view of Downtown St. Paul
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.8 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Old Caribou Camp and Marsh Vista Trail Loop

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The viewing platform on the Marsh Vista Trail gives you this lush scene
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Red Lake Beach and Old Marina Trails

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The grassy shores of Red Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Railroad and River Trail Loop

Interstate State Park, Minnesota

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

The view of the St. Croix River from an overlook on the River Trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Fifth Falls Loop

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Viewing the frozen waterfall from the trail
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Gooseberry Falls Accessible Route

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Middle Falls from the viewing area
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Carlton Trail

Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

The rugged landscape surrounding the St. Louis River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Indian Mounds and Overlook Loop

Indian Mounds Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Snow covers these historic burial sites
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 15 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Battle Creek Loop

Battle Creek Regional Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Snow blankets the hills
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.1 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Riverside Trail

William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The view of the St. Croix River between the trees
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.6 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Empire Lake All Season Loop

Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The view from the overlook of Empire Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.9 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Trail to Prairie Overlook

William O'Brien State Park, Minnesota

Friday, December 1st, 2017

The stunning fall colors viewed from the Prairie Overlook
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6.3 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Voyageur Trek Loop

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The view of Jensen Lake from the boardwalk
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Minnregs Lake Loop

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Minnesota

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

The restored prairie is the best part of this hike
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Summit Rock Loop

Interstate State Park, Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Impressive cliffs line the St. Croix River
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.4 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Red Top Loop

McCarthy Beach State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Autumn leaves litter the trail
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Big Hole Hiking Club Loop

McCarthy Beach State Park, Minnesota

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The natural beauty of Pickerel Lake is amazing even on a cloudy day
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bog Walk Hiking Club Trail

Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The lake view at the end of the bog walk
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Old Logging Trail

Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

You can see evidence of logging on this trail
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Two Rivers Loop

St. Croix State Park, Minnesota

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Just one of the many pretty river views along the trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Park Loop

Kinnickinnic State Park, Wisconsin

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Overlooking the St. Croix River
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Norberg Lake Hiking Club Loop

Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Friendly pines line the shores of Bear Head Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lookout Mountain

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

As the highest point around, the views on Lookout Mountain are sweeping
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Chase Point Hiking Club Loop

Scenic State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Just one of the lake views you'll see on this hike
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.6 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lake Erin Loop

Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Looking across Lake Erin in fall
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.6 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Continental Divide Trail Hiking Club Loop

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The best view in the park: the Continental Divide overlook
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Crow Wing State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The view from Chippewa Lookout
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Rice Lake Trail and Twin Lakes Loop

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Beautiful fall colors on one of the Twin Lakes
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.75 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Remote Lake Loop

Savanna Portage State Forest, Minnesota

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Just one of the secluded lakes you'll see on this journey
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 5.3 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Wolf Lake Trail

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A pine covered island in the middle of Wolf Lake
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.6 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bog Boardwalk and Lake Shumway Loop Trail

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

This is the perfect hike to watch the sunset over Lake Shumway
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hidden Falls Trail

Kinnickinnic State Park, Wisconsin

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Looking across the prairie with a twinge of fall color
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.9 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hidden Falls and Hiking Club Loop

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The small Hidden Falls trickles over the rocky ledge
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Temperance River State Park, Minnesota

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The bridge over the torrential Temperance River
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.6 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls Regional Park, Minnesota

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Someone actually thinks this counts as a waterfall
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Independence Lake Regional Trail Loop

Baker Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The most scenic bench in the park overlooking a lake
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6.2 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club and Prairie Loop

Wild River State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The St. Croix River lives up to its Wild and Scenic River federal designation
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Lion's Den Trail Loop

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Wisconsin

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Lake Michigan from atop the bluffs
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Kohler Dunes Cordwalk

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Wisconsin

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The cordwalk extending across the dunes with Lake Michigan in the background
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Moraine Ridge Trail Loop

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit, Wisconsin

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The view from the top of the observation tower on Lapham Peak
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 6.6 miles roundtrip
Time 3.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Northwest Trail Loop

Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Looking across Mirror Lake
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.3 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

One lone tree across the meadow changing colors for fall
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Pope Point and Hiking Club Loop

Father Hennepin State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Peeking through the forest at the stormy waters of Mille Lacs Lake
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Schoolcraft State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Although Mississippi River is much narrower in this part of Minnesota, it is still beautiful
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Wetlands Trail Loop

Crosby Farm Regional Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Tall cattails and algae blooms in the marsh
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Big Spring Trail

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The cold, clear waters of South Branch Root River reflecting the afternoon sun.
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Hiking Club Loop

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Late afternoon sun over the South Branch Root River
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Historic Forestville Loop

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

See these historic buildings from the 19th Century in Forestville State Park
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Top of the Giant Trail

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Chimney on the Top of the Giant: the most iconic view in the entire park
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Hard
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 13.6 miles roundtrip
Time 7 hours
Terrain Strenuous climbing
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Sawyer Bay Trail

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Fog hovering above the water in Sawyer Bay
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 3.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Thunder Bay Lookout and Bogs Trail

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

You will likely have the glassy waters of this gorgeous lake all to yourself
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 0.4 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Kakabeka Falls Boardwalk and Mountain Portage Trail

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, Ontario

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The second highest waterfall in Ontario: Kakabeka Falls
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.1 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Sea Lion Trail

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

The iconic rock formation called the Sea Lion (I still don't see how they thought it looks like a sitting lion)
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Plantain Lane

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Looking at the creek from the bridge on Plantain Lane
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.4 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Joe Creek Trail

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The beautiful waterfall on Joe Creek
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.9 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Ouimet Canyon Loop

Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park, Ontario

Monday, August 14th, 2017

The impressive Ouimet Canyon
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.6 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Bison Enclosure Loop

Minneopa State Park, Minnesota

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Overlooking the bison enclosure from near Seppmann Mill
Rating ★☆☆☆☆(1/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Waterfalls Area

Minneopa State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The larger of the two waterfalls at Minneopa State Park
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.2 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Quaking Bog

Theodore Wirth Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Cattails among the forest
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Willow Falls from the Nature Center

Willow River State Park, Wisconsin

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Willow Falls teeming with people on a hot summer day
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Rice Creek Loop

Rice Creek North Regional Trail, Minnesota

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Tall grass and scattered trees comprise the landscape here
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Wolf Creek Falls and Quarry Loop

Banning State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

You too can eat lunch with this view of Wolf Creek Falls!
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Summit Peak and Mirror Lake Loop

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Boardwalks along the trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Shovel Point and Superior Shore

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The marvellous cliffs along Lake Superior
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 45 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Aiton Heights Fire Tower

Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The smoky wilderness of Itasca State Park from the top of the fire tower
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mississippi Headwaters

Itasca State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Looking out on Lake Itasca from the Headwaters of the Mississippi River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 0.5 miles roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Three Dune Challenge

Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Lake Michigan from the top of the sand dunes
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Strenuous Uphill
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Upper and Lower Bluff Trail Loop

Frontenac State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Overlooking the bluffs of the Mississippi River
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Deer Valley Loop

Afton State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The winding trail in the woods of Afton State Park
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 5.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Pike Island Loop

Fort Snelling State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

One of the many giant trees with fun nooks
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

High Falls and Two Step Falls

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The highest waterfall in Minnesota
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2.5 hours
Terrain Strenuous uphill
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Middle Falls Loop

Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The reward for your adventure through the woods: Middle Falls
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.5 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

High Falls Trail

Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The main event: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 30 minutes
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Elmer L. Andersen Trail

Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Minnesota

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Afternoon sun shining over the landscape
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Long Meadow Lake Loop

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

A glimpse of the dense, green forest located within the center of a major metropolitan area
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 9 miles roundtrip
Time 4 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Doughboys Nature Trail Loop

Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Viewing Copper Falls from the trail
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1.7 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Presque Isle Waterfall Trail

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Just one of the three gorgeous waterfalls you'll see on this hike.
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mount Tom

Sibley State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The observation tower on top of Mount Tom.
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Mount Tom and Equestrian Loop

Sibley State Park, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The prairie in the forest in Sibley State Park
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 7 miles roundtrip
Time 4 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Uncas Dunes

Sand Dunes State Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The sandy trail and pine forest of Uncas Dunes
Rating ★★☆☆☆(2/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 1.5 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Goose Lake to Dog Park Loop

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The grasslands of Elm Creek Park Reserve on a sunny day in March.
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Medium
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons Spring, Summer, Fall
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes

Lakeshore Trail to Sea Caves

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

The sea caves may not photograph well, but they are impressive in person.
Rating ★★★★★(5/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Bjorkland Trail

Lake Maria State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The stunning wetlands of Maria Lake.
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mound Trail to Burr Oak Trail and Lower Cliffline Trail

Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The cliffs of Blue Mound from the Lower Cliffline Trail
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 4.2 miles roundtrip
Time 3 hours
Terrain A few hills
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Carlton Peak

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The endless blue of Lake Superior from the top of the Carlton Peak
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Strenuous uphill
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Glacial Potholes

Interstate State Park, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Overlooking the St. Croix River
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 1 mile roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Mic Mac Lake

Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Monday, December 12th, 2016

View of Mic Mac Lake from the dock
Rating ★★★☆☆(3/5)
Overall Difficulty Moderate
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 3.5 miles roundtrip
Time 2 hours
Terrain Hilly
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly No
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible No

Big Bog Boardwalk

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Minnesota

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Looking east at the bog
Rating ★★★★☆(4/5)
Overall Difficulty Easy
Navigation Difficulty     Easy
Distance 2 miles roundtrip
Time 1 hour
Terrain Mostly flat
Best Seasons All
Family Friendly Yes
Dog Friendly Yes
Accessible Yes