I often like to do a lot of recon before a hike. Other times I do a bit but sort of wing it, usually in places I'm somewhat familiar. Today (now yesterday) was a totally winging it kind of day as Amy and I met up with the dogs, initially to be disappointed with the parking options at the base of our originally planned hike.
|Sage and Audrey, reunited!
The lot is small and thankfully we were the only ones there. From the start, micros were absolutely perfect for the entirety of the hike. The ground was generally hard packed snow. Perhaps there wasn't a lot of traffic on this trail throughout the winter because it is almost level with the melting around it - no monorail. Plenty of spots were down to the leaves with only a dusting on top as well.
|All dressed up....
|A tail of two sides
|The second and trickier crossing for the dogs
due to the icy, rounded rocks
Another quarter mile later, as we began ascending a gentle hill, the trail was intersected by what I thought at the time was a carriage road. Upon returning home and doing some research, it appears to have been a logging road, which I find interesting because I didn't see the evidence of logging I'm accustomed to and it shared characteristics with the few carriage roads turned trails we've hiked. That being said, many of my experiences with logging roads involve recent harvesting and that particular road could be much, much older. For example, Lincoln Woods was logged heavily from my understanding and it's unnoticeable to me.
|Beautiful open hardwoods was the
predominant habitat of the hiked area
|Anyone a critter expert and know what happened here?!
|Nature beginning to reclaim the road
|Just have to post a profile shot of Ty that shows off her awesome new
Body Warmer Hurtta was kind enough to send to us!
The logging road followed the river high along a ridge for awhile and predominantly through hardwoods that creaked in the cold, throwing me off on more than one occasion. Despite the mellow grade, we gained some appreciable elevation as it wound up the mountainside, something that became very apparent as the wind hit us more powerfully!
|And they're off!
|So many friends!
Back at the car. Everyone looked so darn cute!
|Super progress for our shy foster lady!