Sunday, February 14, 2016

Guernsey State Park - Knight Mountain Trail

The big snow a week ago slowed down our time in the park. At last, we were able to get out for a hike yesterday, Saturday. As we do after every snow, we choose a trail with mostly southern exposure. Yesterday it was Knight Mountain Trail on the east side.
Knight Mountain, the trail winds up this side

I have posted about this trail before, it is a great hike, somewhat challenging, because of the elevation change of over 400 feet, but a nicely maintained trail.  
Some nice rocks along the way - they make for interesting speculation

The Trail

Views from the top, or nearly so, are spectacular. I ended my hike at the last lookout area and didn’t attempt to go on up from there. 
At this point, it is all about the view

One of the parks best overlooks

The rest of the trail is a bit dicey, steep with some significant steps, and recovering from a slight foot injury, I decided to end it about a quarter mile short. This is the spot where most hikers turn around, the top is nice but getting to this point makes for an up and down of nearly an hour. It’s hard to believe that this hike can be an hour or more when total distance is not much over a mile.
On up to the top
It's a wonderful time to get out in the park. The next few days all look to be in the 60s and some in the 70s, hiking weather indeed.

The lake, itself is still ice covered, but I would not be surprised to see it start opening up in the next few days.
Along the way

This week we are planning to get out and hike on the west side trails.

Have a great week.
Almost finished with another great park hike