"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Peek at Waterloo-Pinckney in March

Thanks to a freakishly mild winter, I've already made two fair-weather visits to Waterloo State Recreation Area. Below are a couple of photos taken on the Old Field Trail. It is located near the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. Outfitted with Michigans's Recreation Passport, I look forward to many excursions in the coming year. You can click on the photos below to see larger versions.

Old Field Trail in Mid-March



Especially for casual hikers like me, the Old Field Trail is a great warm up. It's a nice easy loop, less than a mile, with minimal elevation change. These two pictures are from the same stretch of trail. Obviously, leaves and other vegetation have not yet arrived. I enjoy this time because the landscape opens up and you learn a lot more about the topography. Ridge lines, roads and nearby houses are visible that will soon be camouflaged by foliage.

Waterloo-Pinckney Trail Awaits


As the small arrow signs in both photos indicate, the Old Field Trail is part of the longer Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. In the above photo, you can make out steps heading up and to the left.

For images from a previous season, check out this post:
Hiking the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

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