ElevationAscent: 131' 40 m
Descent: -137' -42 m
High: 680' 207 m
Low: 576' 176 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A short loop around the Dells area with plenty of views along the way.”— Eric Ashley
From the parking area, descend the Entrance Stairs Connector to the junction with the Bluff Trail, and take a right. From here, the wide trail gently climbs for over a half mile before descending to a large bridge that crosses over the dam and Lake Falls. The view straight down the face of the falls and into the canyon is quite impressive.
The trail continues descending past the upper end of the Interior Canyon Trail, Interior Canyon Trail Connector, and the lower end of the Interior Canyon Trail before it arrives at the middle bridge. Keep to the right to circle around the Lower Dell, eventually descending a long set of wooden stairs.
Enjoy a bird's-eye view from the lower bridge before climbing past the Bluff Trail Extension to end across from where the trail started at the Entrance Stairs Connector.
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