Hike Distance: 6.7 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 914.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 945 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 114261 feet
The usual fun hike around the Battleground Lake State Park trail system. It looks like they’re making more progress on improving the lake area, but I’m sure it won’t be completed for a while.
The highlight of the hike was when I came around a corner and some cute fuzzy little raccoons playing on the trail. It took about two seconds before mom reared up and hissed aggressively at me! The hissing was definitely scary, and aimed at me, and not a pleasant experience. To tell the truth, it was quite a shock and I backed off quickly but didn’t turn my back and show fear! I’m fortunate that mom raccoon didn’t attack as I was only about 10 feet from her four young ones!
I wanted to complete this loop, and end my hike, so I started making plenty of noise before proceeding. I also gave them an easy way out so I was no threat. Mom and her little ones slowly moved away but were still visible. It was then that I was able to take some pictures. Another story to tell on my hiking journey!