This was the view out my bedroom window at around 8am as I was leaving to hike up Devil’s Hill. Since it was not “scheduled” to rain today I felt I could go out and the river would recede at least some while I was gone.
The road to the trail head for Devil’s Hill made me concerned about someone coming the other way but luckily no one did. Not sure what I would have done if they had. Someone would have had to back up a mighty long way.
Not a soul when I arrived at the parking area. This bodes very well for a quiet climb to the view. So let’s take a hike.
Trail starts out as probably what was a logging road. Nice and wide.
It gets rougher and comes to signs indicating a potential turn off to the left which I decide will be the way back on the loop. Main trail gets smaller and rougher but not as small as the return loop trail.
Mostly the trail up looked like this.
I can see that I have arrived.
I had this spot for perhaps 10 minutes alone and then a grandfather and teen age grandson joined me. They had walked over from Martin’s Pond where the grandson lives. He told me it was off to the left and not visible. If he told me what the lake/pond was to the right, I don’t remember.
I zoomed in on the view above to try to get the ridges in the distance but they are barely visible. Still smoke from Canada.
I took the loop back down and liked the back section much better so if I come again I’ll go up and down the back part of the loop. I stopped along the way to do this 24 second video of the song of what I believe is a Wood Thrush. It’s lovely. Take a listen.
This area is clearly more moist than the trail up where I saw no fungi.
Wonder who likes to munch on mushrooms?
Same unnamed body of water on the way down. I looked on google maps. They show it but they give it no name.
I love all the moss and green on this trail.
And the ferns. They were closing in on me.
More of Mother Nature’s beautiful designs.
The narrowness here makes me think most folks go up and back on other part of the loop.
This made me laugh out loud. A stop sign head?
Closing with the most interesting mushrooms of the hike.
Today was a wonderful hike so next outing will be a kayak and I’m trying Martin’s Pond that the young man recommended. I prefer ponds without houses but he lives there year round and says it is very quiet and has LOONS!! Sounds like my kind of place.