A sunny day with a promise of above normal temps and Kelley was, again, ready to go. Lots of mud because of the rain and above normal temps so the challenge was finding a place to hike Decided this trail was a good bet because it's a built up old rail bed.
We started from the town office ( very small town ) rather than the start shown on the map and were surprised to find there was still a good bit of snow. The bare ground in the background is a road we cross at the start.
There were a few icy spots, and fewer bare spots but it was mostly nicely packed snow.
Not sure why this beaver lodge still has so much snow around it.
Another section of the trail
and a small stream we crossed
Water for kelley
Still lots of ice around
Part of one of the gates
Another chance to get in the water
Probably cut when the trail was cleared for this winter
This turned out very well. Kelley was enthusiastic and ahead of me the whole way and she showed no signs of discomfort. She was very happy with several opportunities to get in the water. Beautiful sunny skies and it warmed into the 60's. When we stopped to have our apple break and turn back I put my jacket in the pack and it was shirt sleeve hiking for the first time in many months. We met no one and so had it all to ourselves.
2 1/2 hours