It’s a beautiful pond the city stocks full of fish. The blue trail circles the pond. We followed the blue trail to the green trail, which takes a wider loop above the pond. This walk took less than 10 minutes, so we decided to follow the red/yellow trail northwestward. After a while the trail forks: yellow-left, red-right. After reading in the book that the yellow trail eventually has great views of WLR, we took it. The book did warn me that the yellow trail is hardest. It has a good ascent and eventually becomes very narrow.
At one point, the trail is so narrow, if you misstep, you’re falling/rolling down the hill. I had to hold Jacob’s hand and walk behind him. I took this picture right before reaching the power pole fork.
It’s not fog, but my camera was cold from being next to our waters, so it fogged up when I opened it to take the picture. I like the filter effect.
At the power pole, you choose left or right again, still on the yellow trail. Once you’ve reached this, you’re out of the woods and into the bright sunshine. Still waiting for those good views, we went left. The trail becomes very vertical at this point, mostly climbing on small rocks. Unfortunately, Andrew had a scary encounter with a bee. And as I was not enjoying the sunshine beating down on my head and Jacob kept tripping every third step, I decided we better turn around. Hopefully we’ll return in much cooler weather and enjoy pretty leaves and no bees.
Back down when we reached the yellow/red fork, we took the red. It’s a slow ascent/descent, undulating through small valleys. There are many little bridges on the trails, which I’m sure come in handy when it’s recently rained.
Eventually the red trail leads up a small hill to another fork and there is a playground!
This actually belongs to Grace Church and is adjacent to their parking lot.
After a while, we headed back down the red trail (which would have been the right fork) and joined the green trail, which lead back to blue. Full circle!
I really like this trail. There are no paved parts and could never be done with strollers. This makes trail number 8 we’ve done in the book!