This trail is diverse, with open spaces, trees, wild raspberries, thimble berries, wild flowers, rock formations, caves, long expanses of beach!
The difficulty rating is not so much exertion or energy levels required so much as footing and attention to the trail which is required to navigate it safely. NEVER take this trail if there has been a recent hard rain! I have been on this trail many, many times. We have a summer home in Fish Creek. It is my favorite trail... but the lower levels of it are riddled with tree roots and rocks, both of which are seriously dangerous footing when wet, so beware, and if you can, take a hiking stick when you go just in case it rained the day before you got there and it's still wet.
So, choose your "Hard". The trail is rated difficult, but here's the deal. There are two trailheads, if you want an easier work out, take the trailhead that begins a short distance to the left of the lookout tower (if you were standing in front of it). This begins by a steady descent in an open area, when the trail enters the wooded section you will need to mind your footfalls as the path becomes riddled with tree roots and rocks. Because of this, I do not recommend this trail for children who have not reached an age and understanding of the need to walk mindfully. A child who likes to run freely ahead of you would not do well on this trail, and you would not enjoy it with a child who does so, as you would be too concerned for their safety.
The trails winds along the forest floor between the bluffs and the water, you will see small caves, fallen trees, very interesting root formations, trees bent from the wind, rocky shorelines, cairns which others have built that will beckon you to join the fun and build your own cairns to mark your visit here.
The ascent from this direction is not so difficult, and is rather funky, in places, as you climb natural steps up the face of the bluff. The ascent from this direction is far easier than from the other, (so if you want a more challenging workout BEGIN your workout, by taking the trailhead that is across from the parking lot of the tower, or walking to the right of the tower and finding the place where this trail intersects the road.)
All in all, my favorite trail in Door County and one of two favorite trails in WI. The other being St. Peter's Dome/ Morgan Falls in Ashland Co.
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