Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Work on the Dam

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

We are getting ready to head out on our annual fall vacation, leaving bright and early in the morning - for me this means around 10. Thought I might share a few photos of work being done on the dam. I took these pictures from Red Cliff Trail last weekend.

The road is still closed crossing the dam so the trail and everything on the east side must be accessed from the Hartville side. The entire west side of the park can be reached from the Guernsey side, but not from the Hartville side. 
Good Time of the Year to See Turkey's In the Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Brimmer Point Upper Loop Trail

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

Newell Bay Loop Trail

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
 Crocodile Rock

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.

And always lots of wildlive to watch.
"Here's Looking at You"

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall In The Park

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.