Patreon October-November Featured Hikes – Zone 5 (Great Plains) & Zone 6 (Great Lakes States)

Zone 5

Great Plains (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma)

North Dakota

Long X to Maah Daah Hey Loop

11.3 mile loop; 967ft. elevation gain; Moderate

Badlands; views; Little Missouri National Grassland

Long X to Maah Daah Hey Loop Trail Guide

South Dakota

McCurdy Gulch Loop

6.5 mile lollipop loop; 1,145ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

Forest; history; meadows; views; Black Hills National Forest

McCurdy Gulch Loop Trail Guide


PC biblio tyto, All Rights Reserved

Lake Ahquabi Trail

6.4 mile loop; 524ft. elevation gain; Moderate

Lake; forest; views; Lake Ahquabi State Park

Lake Ahquabi Trail Guide


Hardwood Trail

7.1 mile shuttle; 605ft. up, 796ft. down; Strenuous

Views; forests; meadows; Indian Cave State Park

Hardwood Trail Guide


PC lotosleo, All Rights Reserved

Cheney State Park West Side Trail

9.6 miles out & back; 213ft. elevation gain; Easy

Lake; forest; creek; Cheney State Park

Cheney State Park West Side Trail Guide


PC Justin Meissen, CC BY-SA 2.0

Narrows Trail

2.7 miles out & back; 262ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

River; views; rock formations; forest; Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Narrows Trail Guide

Zone 6

Great Lakes States (New York, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois)


PC k.steudel, CC BY 2.0

Levis/Trow Mounds Trail

6.0 mile loop; 485ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

Views; rock formations; forest; big rocks; Neillsville

Levis/Trow Mounds Trail Guide


PC Emily Mills, CC BY-ND 2.0

Devils Lake via West Bluff Trail

4.8 mile loop; 1,007ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

Views; lake; forest; rock formations; Baraboo

Devils Lake via West Bluff Trail Guide


PC Meredith Bell, CC BY-SA 2.0

Starved Rock Loop

5.1 mile loop; 493ft. elevation gain; Moderate

Waterfall; canyon; forest; views; Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock Loop Trail Guide


PC d_stalion, All Rights Reserved

Sycamore Loop Trail

6.4 mile loop; 508ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

Views; forest; fire tower; Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Sycamore Loop Trail Guide


PC Kirk Stauffer, All Rights Reserved

Canyon Gorge Trail

3.9 miles out & back; 229ft. elevation gain; Moderately Strenuous

Waterfall; creek; forest; Canyon Falls Roadside Park

Canyon Gorge Trail Guide


PC Dan Keck, Public Domain

Clear Creek via Buckeye Trail

2.7 miles out & back; 147ft. elevation gain; Easy

Creek; rocks; cliffs; Hocking Hills State Park

Clear Creek via Buckeye Trail Guide

New York

PC Andy Arthur, CC BY 2.0

Brace Mountain

3.9 miles out & back; 1445ft. elevation gain; Strenuous

Views; rock scramble; waterfall; Taconic State Park

Brace Mountain Trail Guide

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