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June 10, 2019
We got a bit mixed up
We took the wrong 'fork' and cut across the loop on a woods trail that was unmarked which took us to 7 lakes drive which we knew was wrong. We decided to backtrack and then came upon the Appalachian trail so we figured we'd take that and reconnect our original trip. We screwed up again when we got to the shelter when my kids saw a yell trail marker we took that for about a mile. When we hit the yellow trail head marker and the red cross on white marker I knew we had screwed up. Looking at the map we realized we went the completely wrong way on that part of the yellow trail and headed back to the shelter. We went past the shelter and a little ways down we saw another yellow marker so we followed it back to the lake. So our 5 mile hike with the kids turned into 7 miles but thank god it was a nice day. Maybe it's me but I just wish at various points there would be more descriptive trail markings because in the woods it's pretty easy to get turned around. Overall the hike was very nice, trail well maintained. A few wet spots - understandable considering how wet it's been - but you are pretty much in the canopy of the forest the entire time so if you are looking for scenic overlooks this hike isn't it. I would do this hike again but watch that FORK! lol
May 09, 2019
So beautiful but would have been nice to know...
Absolutely beautiful hike! It would have been nice to know that was a little scramble at the fireplace/cave. If we had brought certain friends with us there is no way they would have been able to climb.
October 18, 2014
Good description, tough for kids at the top
Enjoyable hike. The description by Mr Chazin was good and very useful. Somewhat difficult at the top on the way down, especially for kids below 7 yrs old as you need to descend from the huge boulder where the shelter is built. Good hiking shoes would be a plus as parts of the trail are stony and gravelly.
January 03, 2012
Did this one yesterday, on the official New Year's holiday. Temp was a brisk 40 with pretty big wind gusts but down in the valleys we were sheltered from the wind. We were the only ones on this route and had the cave shelter to ourselves for lunch. Very cool spot. The Stockbridge shelter is also very interesting due to the way it's built into the rock. Nawahunta Fire Road is beautiful and an easy climb. Menomine descent was very quick. I would recommend this hike as a way to introduce friends to hiking who are perhaps a bit apprehensive. Not too challenging, but not too easy either, with pretty good payoffs and interesting features (ruines, mine, cave shelter, viewpoint, trail shelter, lakeshore) to keep new folks interested. Took us 4 hours, including 1/2 hour stop for lunch and 15 min at the second shelter.