Hike Distance: 7.4 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1661.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 1087 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 216662 feet
I have got to stop getting out so late, given that sunset is so early. In fact I was out on the trail when it was dark, which isn’t typical for me. I find it tough getting out early during the late fall and winter months, but I can’t really have a decent length hike without leaving early!
I made this into a much longer hike than expected, and really wound around the trail system to achieve this. The trails are turning muddy, with standing water, and I’ll soon need to start wearing boots to avoid wet feet. I also started to once again notice the proliferation of Ivy in the park, and will need to start removing it from trees, when possible. This means I’ll need to carry some tools, which is also a bit more difficult.
As the day wore on the fog rolled in and made for some amazing photos along the shore of Battleground Lake! The mood was killer, and I took plenty of keeper photos. 🙂
Another highlight of the day was bumping into a gentleman called Marshall, who was also taking photos along the shoreline! He has moved here, in the past year, from Tennessee, and we were discussing all the hiking opportunities in the area. We discussed hooking up and sharing a trail in the future, which is exciting. 🙂
Definitely a worthwhile hike with plenty of good stuff happening. I’m never disappointed when visiting this trail!