Estimated distance: 2.24 miles
Weather: 50°F, scattered clouds
Resources: McLean Game Refuge, Trail Map
Highlights of the trip: pond
Progress toward 2017 Outdoor Goals: 11/52 hikes; 32.01/250 miles hiked
My hiking partner got out of work early today and texted me to see if I wanted to join her on a quick hike. Sure!
We decided to do a short hike in McLean Game Refuge, starting at the corner of Simsbury Road and Barndoor Hills Road. We made a loop around Spring Pond.
You never know what you are going to find for trail conditions at this time of year. Are the trails clear? Is it muddy? Is there mushy snow or have people packed it down so it is a sheet of ice? We found a mixed bag. For the most part, I would say we encountered shallow, mushy snow. A little slick in spots, but we both had our hiking poles, so it wasn't too bad.
|Spring Pond and cabin through the trees.|
The pictures don't do it justice, but the color of the water and the snow on the hillside around the pond was very pretty.
So, thanks to my friend for getting me out of the house on this beautiful day!