another gorgeous sunny mild morning — mud galore — a festive holiday spirit in the air —
great walk up a fabulous trail!
I really love three things about this walk ….
…. one is the wet boggy glen full of little streams and wildly tumbled-up fallen trees where a tributary of Michigan Creek starts ….
…. another is the way you get an intense green glow year round from all the evergreens that grow here in abundance — especially beautiful when the sun is shining through …
…. and the last is the fantastic terrain all along the way, at its best when there are no leaves
official head count: 24 hikers, five dogs
as promised, it was extremely muddy — you need to be ready to fall at any time, and several hikers took big arsers — I like mud myself so I had a ball
on the way back we ran into regular hiker Katharine, who broke her spine in a dog-leash accident in early March and who’s been knocked off the trail since — we were all so happy to see her back in the woods, although she had to proceed very slowly, especially in the mud.
Click here to see eight shots online of the stretch from Bald Hill Road to The Pinnacles look-out, including the obligatory group portrait.
Click here to see 10 shots of the stretch from Michigan Hollow Road to Bald Hill Road.