Trail Difficulty – Easy
Trail Type – Gravel
Distance – 6.25
Elevation Gain – 100 Feet
Camera in hand we headed out for Hike 9 and the Weekly Photo Challenge; Arranged. We intended to only walk 5 miles, but when we stopped it was 6.25. While there was still a path, it was not paved and for the first time I could not hear cars – it was perfect.
The trail is a part of the Rails-to-Trails program whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. This was out first hike with some elevation; we started at 1400 feet and the high point was 1500 feet. A long way from the Inca Trail, but a start.
Right at the trailhead there was an old homestead site where nothing remained but the shade tree.
About a quarter of the way up we looked for a place to rest. Heading to the flat rock we saw the stone next to it looked like a face admonishing us to keep moving. I had read about it earlier, but it was still startling to come across it unawares.
Spring is on its way, but the startling colors of Winter are still here. I will be a little sad when all of this is covered by leaves.
My husband pointed out the Snake Grass growing by the river. After I got home I realized that the photo contained all the stages in the life of the plant.
It was a nice surprise to see a cairn arranged by some hikers taking a rest. We saw a lot of these in Canada, but never here in the States. This one was very well done.
We walked too long and could barely move when we got home; it was wonderful. While my feet were sore, having the proper socks and boots that were laced correctly made all the difference. We are getting closer to the 11 miles that is required for the Inca Trail; then we can start working on elevation.