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|A perfect spot for a snooze along the Baxter Creek|
Follow along the river until the trail heads into the trees. It's a pretty flat trail, a little root heavy in spots, and a bit muddy in others (to be expected this time of year) but it's easy to follow and has lots of boardwalks, little bridges and babbling brooks. Once you get to a T intersection, you can go left and loop back to the parking area, or go right and take the Baxter Creek trail. Once you get past the long bridge and to where the creek flows along the side of the trail, it's a lovely walk. I'm not sure what the water levels are like mid-summer, but right now, they were only a foot or two deep, and with all the cedar trees and bends, it's quite pretty.
|Trout Pond on Baxter Creek Trail|
There's a bench there, and if we'd brought a lunch it would have been the perfect spot to stop and eat.
Once my socks were back on, Chris convinced me to climb up and over the top of the hill to check it out from the other side. Let me say, if you do this, be careful! It's very steep. The cedars growing along the banks of the other side are pretty, and the creek winds around a little island, but unless you are sure footed, it's not anything too spectacular. If the water hadn't been so cold I would have gone through the tunnel, but I'm always leery of glass in places like this, and in the dark, I wouldn't have been able to see anything very well.
The trail apparently loops here, but we just went back the way we came, stopped at the Becker's and got drinks, and headed back home. Total hiking time - about 2 hours.
Red Wing Blackbirds
fuzzy brown caterpillar