Distance: 2.4 miles
Trails: Riparian (red), and Bird Watcher (blue)
It was icing on the cake that I was able to grab a hike today, and while it was shorter, there were definitely issues. My son’s game, then practice was canceled. Had I known that on Friday I would have planned a much bigger hike, but I didn’t know until yesterday, and I only had a couple of hours – and Poricy Park is a few minute’s drive away.
I had the place to myself on a sunny day that started out nice but became hot by the time I decided to hike. The car showed 88 when I was walking to the trailhead. My plan was to take the blue trail to the red, walk along the tracks, loop by the pond, take blue to a platform overlooking the pond, then finish up on blue (maybe green) back to the parking lot. Starting out, the trails look like:
This is great, and easy to walk. However, there are NO signs, blazes or marks of any kind. There are poles with numbers on them, but they did not correspond to my map. Maybe they corresponded to a trail map that was supposed to be available, but I did not see any. As I cut over to red, to parallel the railroad tracks, I ran into:
Even though I was wearing long pants, I wasn’t venturing into that. No way. A little backtracking got me to:
After the boardwalk, there were stairs going up the other side:
At this point the trail became more “woodsy.”
Following this for a bit opened up some great views of Poricy Pond.
I followed this to the end and was anticipating a loop, coming back closer to the tracks. Unfortunately:
Another overgrown section. I investigated about 15 feet to see if the trail opened up. It didn’t. I back tracked, then followed the trail all the way back to the boardwalk – where I crossed over then followed the wide trail to a pond view.
On the way back, I ran into a couple of freshly cleared areas where a “stage” and some benches had been erected.
There were a couple of these spots, and they were not on my map. I made my way past the farm house and the barn and crossed a brook on my way.
For the last bit, I followed a blue/green trail back to the parking lot.
I saw one other sign on the entire hike.
This was a nice little walk despite no maps available, very poor trail conditions on the Riparian trail near the tracks, and no blazes. The green and blue trails were wide and grassy, and you probably couldn’t get lost. Red was iffy at best. I would only recommend this if you are looking for a short, quick hike. As for wildlife, butterflies were all over the place. And I saw a few rabbits and squirrels peeking out from the underbrush. At one point, a black cat was sitting trailside, but as I approached, it darted off. (I probably should have guessed that was an omen.)
Ticks: 0 (And this is surprising, the last time I was here, I was covered in them.)