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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1/14/14 City Forest

Lower 40's and raining- supposed to be an all day thing so when it was only drizzle we went to get in a hike at the forest. We started from the parking lot and the short section of road to the West Trail was still icy. The trail itself was in much worse condition than when we were last here - rougher and a glaze of ice. The ice surprised me as it was above freezing and had been all night- I guess since it was light, the rain just froze when it hit the snow. Kelley didn't mind- the crust supported her but me only if I stayed in a narrow band in the center - so I put on my ice grippers and we continued. The grippers really made the ice OK

A couple of things on the icy snow

At the end of West we got on the rail bed. Still icy but not as rough. I still had to walk the path in the middle or break through- Kelley was fine.

Kelley found some water and got in but then realized she was surrounded by ice ( she doesn't like) and is looking for a way out.

After the intersection with the  Walden Loop Trail there had been less use of the rail bed and it became more of a plod. We took a trail back to the West Trail and headed back. We took a detour down to the beaver pond but it was frozen over with a little water on the ice in places.

But in the far corner where the water was flowing across the dam there was open water.

We had not met anyone on the trails but met a woman and her dog starting out as we reached the parking lot. In spite of the drizzle, ice, and rough footing not a bad hike. 2  hours

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