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by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This trail is really easy. The hardest part was finding the trail head. On the bright side, we got to explore other parts of the park thanks to the terrible directions on where to park and finding the trailhead. It was much easier with the map from the Restaurant (they probably have it in the Visitors center too).
Parking: We ended up parking at the Visitors center. You can probably park closer to the trail head, but it turns out the visitor center is a great place to park if you want to add the Byrd Lake Trail to the end of the Pioneer Trail hike.
Trail head: Take the road past the restaurant. The trail head is near where the paddle boats are at.
The short loop is blazed white, the long loop green, and Byrd Lake was blazed orange. The long loop has a few spots where it looks like there is a trail there, so look for those green blazes. All the trails were practically flat. There are some neat rock formations on the long loop that you will miss if you only do the short loop. Most people seemed to be doing just the short loop. We only encountered two other groups on the long loop part. Good hike to do if you're near the area, but probably not worth a drive of over an hour.
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