We’re planning a vacation later this spring that will involve quite a bit of hiking. We really love to hike and did a lot early on in our relationship but fell out of the habit for a number of reasons. So to prep for this upcoming trip, we’re scouting out local places to get a few miles in and to accustom ourselves to walking on uneven ground (since we’re surely not going to get any incline practice around here!). It’s been really fun to discover new to us trails in places we never expected to find them!
This trail is part of a nearby city park; most of our city parks have soccer and/or baseball fields, playground equipment and small to large bodies of water for fishing. In fact, we’ve been to this park several times for kid parties and never realized that a 3 mile nature trail was tucked in the back. It really is kind of hidden, but the bonus to that is you rarely come across people on the trail, no matter how crowded the parking lot appears!
Like many of the other trails in our urban parks, the paths are stacked loops because the plot of land is long and narrow. By stacking loops, the park administrators can offer trails of different lengths while at the same time getting a great deal of usage out of a pretty small track of land. This particular trail is very well maintained and is a wonderful little urban oasis. Three miles is perfect for an after work jaunt, too, since it’s so close. Unlike some places we visit, this one is free and there is always lots of available parking. We have some slightly longer trails we visit on Sundays, when we are both off. I’ll try to share them, too.