Lincoln Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 532' 162 m
Descent: -538' -164 m
High: 1,309' 399 m
Low: 1,161' 354 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“Get the most of Lincoln Lake on this challenging loop.”— David Justice
About a quarter of a mile in you'll start seeing beautiful rock formations and will be hiking beside them until you come out of the woods onto the dam. Turn right on the dam and hike across. From here you'll have great views of the lake and you may be able to spot an eagle or two. At the end of the dam you'll notice a trail sign that says Spillway Loop straight ahead, Lake Loop, and Piney Loop to the right.
At this point you can turn right and hike around the lake. Continue to follow the Lake Trail signs. This part of the trail system is quite rugged and rocky. However, you'll pass through large bluff lines and go by many caves where Native Americans once dwelt. Be sure to stop and take a look around and take in the beauty. Plan for extended time on this section due to sight seeing.
Continue on this trail to Moore Creek which can be a wet crossing. After crossing Moore Creek you'll go through a lowland bottom area. Just before the trail begins to climb again you'll go across another narrow iron bridge and begin the fairly steep ascent through the bluffs. Follow the arrows up hill and they will take you to the eagle view overlook another place to stop and take in the beauty.
You'll notice a trail split here. For a little more excitement take the upper Eagle View Trail. Watch your head as it passes tight under a bluff line and then comes back out onto the lake loop where you'll take a right. From here you'll have about a half a mile of narrow, rocky descent. The trail dumps out at the lake view overlook where you can hike out to the edge and see the entire lake. Now just follow the trail back to the parking lot which is about half a mile.
Overall, the quality of the "full" loop is varied. Some sections are well benched; others are not; frequent soft organic or rocks on either side to suck you in.
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