Apple River

Apple River Canyon State Park

Located up near the Wisconsin border in beautiful Jo Daviess County, Apple River Canyon had all the credentials to be a truly spectacular place. Unfortunately, since this hike followed two truly spectacular trips to Matthiesson and Maquoketa Caves, I was effectively setting myself up to be disappointed. The first three-quarters of the hike were pretty uneventful; just another walk in the woods. I managed to find a few interesting things to do towards the end, however...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  42.447583, -90.052116

Route Type: Double Loop      Difficulty: MODERATE (Petzoldt Rating: 4.20 )      Mileage Hiked: 3.5 miles      Trailhead Temp: 72'F      Min. Elevation: 780'                Max Elevation: 940'      Total Elevation Gain: 350'     

Trails Used: Pine Ridge, River Route, Tower Rock