Hiking and Trail Running
Hikers love Glacial Hills - great views, abundant nature and winding paths create an unforgettable experience. While every stretch of trail has great features, the following suggested loops have become particular favorites:
The Valley Overlook Trail – Our shortest hike (1/2 mile) climbs gently on Glacial’s oldest trail, reaching the Valley overlook and bench halfway through your walk. It is all downhill from there back to the parking lot. (15-20 minutes) (markers 1-2-3-4). Printable Map.
The Lake Bellaire Overlook Trail – This may be the most popular of the hiking trails at Glacial given the great views and moderate distance. It includes the Lake Bellaire overlook and bench spur trail as well views from the “Knob”. Hikers will find frequent elevation changes so the loop may feel a little longer than the measured 1.6 miles but it is all downhill from just beyond marker 8 to the parking lot. (50-70 minutes) (markers 1-2-5-6-overlook-6-5-7-8-9-1). Printable Map.
Dan’s Favorite Trail – Best accessed by the small dirt parking area at the north end of Vandermark Road, Dan’s Favorite provides a good hilly 1.9 mile workout with some of the best fall color viewing at Glacial. (55-75 minutes) (markers 34-33-15-14-34). Printable Map.
The Bear Den Trail – The Bear Den Trail has become a favorite of trail runners due to the frequent relatively gentle elevation changes and striking views of the Bear Valley. The longest of the suggested loops at just over 4 miles, it can be shortened to 3.5 miles by taking the cut off at marker 31. (90-120 minutes) (markers 22-32-23-25-26-27-29-30-31-19-20-21-22). Printable Map.
The Wall Trail – The Wall Trail scales the steepest hill in the trail system to the highest trail point where hikers are treated to great views of wild wetlands below and (seasonally) Intermediate Lake and Craven Pond beyond. Trail length is approximately 1.6 miles. (50-70 minutes) (markers 45-46-44-47-48-49-50-51-43-44-46-45). Printable Map.