|Spend a nice evening, last night with the Platte County Historical Society;|
As always talking about the building of Guernsey State Park and the CCC
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
At our age, any hike is a good hike, but this is one of our favorites. Yesterday we hiked the Brimmer Point Trail Upper Loup. The views are some of the best in the park, and the trail is not long, only a mile or so.
Park at Brimmer Point and follow the trail where it branches stay on the upper trail, the lower goes to the trail leading to the burned CCC bridge in the valley below. Both of these trails are terrific but I was tired and settled for the upper loop, it was worth it.
In the first quarter mile of the hike, the trail passes between two massive stone outcroppings, one of the great photo opps on the park trails.
Monday, October 10, 2016
|We were joined in the park today by this little guy - a Praying Mantis|
With temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it’s an excellent time to be in the park. We have seen some enjoying the weather with a picnic and others walking and driving in the park.
|The fall colors this year are the best in several years|
Sunday we enjoyed a terrific hike taking the Newell Bay trail loop. It is a little longer than our usual hikes, but the great fall weather gives us a bit more energy.
|Along the trail|
This trail is not often used, especially since the 2012 fire. We feel like it is still one of the great hikes in the park and it is one of our favorites on the west side.
|The trail has many beautiful CCC steps|
We park at the burned Brimmer Point Trail footbridge; the trail starts about 50 yards west with a long flight of very nice Civilian Conservation Corps steps. The trail goes south to just above the road to the Newell Bay cabin area.
|Brimmer Point Trail Footbridge burned in 2012 fire|
After reaching the south end, the trail winds west around Holdring Mountain and then goes back north against some fantastic rock cliffs. The trail ends about a half mile west to where we started and is an easy walk along the road back to the starting point.
|Many terrific rock formations line the trail - we call this one|
Meanwhile, on the east side lots of construction as work on the gates continue.
To take the photos we had to circle in from the Hartville side drive through the park on Lakeshore Drive then park in the area used for the main boat dock.
We then hiked the Red Cliff Trail affording a nice hike and great view of the construction going on with the gates.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
|Looks Like We Found Bambi During Our Walk|
Lots of activity in the park. No, not many visitors but the work on the dam gates looks to be in full force.
Don’t believe I have ever seen the bottom of the gate, pretty neat really.
Lakeshore Drive is closed at the park headquarters but can be accessed from the Hartville entrance, the road is open to the parking lot east of the main boat dock.
|Road closure coming from Hartville on Lakeshore near the main boat dock.|
Skyline Drive on the west side is open as usual.
With the nice fall weather, we decided to resume our three or four times a week, hike in the park. We walked Red Cliff Trail this time parking in the area near the boat ramp and looped around the trail and back. Nice hike plus it allowed me a chance to take a few photos of the work.
Enjoy the wonders of fall and get out and enjoy the park.