Hike Distance: 7.1 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 363.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 992 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 48390 feet
This hike was my last attempt at hiking on a popular trail during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. The state parks haven’t yet been closed, but my comfort at being around any people is dwindling. To make myself somewhat comfortable I didn’t visit the lake, where there are typically plenty of people fishing. Instead, I hiked around the outer perimeter of the lake, on the equestrian trail, and then headed out on the Chelatchie Prairie RR trail.
I saw no people, even on horseback, around the Battleground Lake trail. The Battleground lake trails were very muddy, but the mud easy to avoid. I also saw no people on the Chelatchie Prairie trail! I did find a trail that led into a DNR area and found a beautiful old barn. This was the highlight of the hike, and I was glad to find something new. 🙂
I must admit that at the time of this hike I was already becoming nervous about this pandemic, as others probably were (and are). All my hikes after this date will be on forest roads, which typically have few people on them. To be honest, forest roads aren’t my favorite hiking areas, and real trails are where we want to be, but there’s no obvious places to go where I can feel away from it all. 😦 I was kind of feeling that there was a storm rolling in, and the future wasn’t looking good (or if we’ll even have a future, since wer’re over 60 and at high risk). Please be safe out there!