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Saturday, September 26, 2015

9/25/15 Branch Lake Public Forest

Much cooler - 50's on the hike but 40's when we got up. A new one for us. Had seen the sign for this palace on our drives toward Ellsworth but got more info and decided to check it out.

You take this tote road from the parking lot to the trailheads.

Before we even got to the Lake loop Trail, Kelley found a tiny stream.

And I found an interesting plant

When we got to the lake the shore had woods and lots of boulders and rocks which prevented Kelley from getting in.

We continued on looking for a good spot for Kelley

Which we found

We completed the loop and then took the Brookside trail

Signs of fall

Back at the lake

Unneeded bog bridge, as the woods were not wet

We headed back and I thought we would leave the Marsh Trail for another day but Kelley wanted to do it and we did. Perhaps she smelled water but when we got to the end we had to bushwhack to get to the actual marsh and there was no water.

Back near the parking lot, I found a wasp at work

A pretty nice hike - comfortable temps, water, and all new. We went longer than I wanted for Kelley but she seemed fine throughout. 2  3/4 hours.


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    1. Thanks Linda- surprised they are still about .

  2. Nice to explore new areas...and for you and Kelley they are getting harder and harder to find...

    1. Yes it is nice to find a new spot- and we have done most places within a reasonable driving distance


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