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Monday, February 24, 2020

Winter Hike at Blackwater Falls State Park

It was a really gray morning the day we set out to hike along the ridge of the Blackwater River canyon out to Pace Point.

The trail started at Pendleton Lake, used for boating and swimming in the summer.


It's a manmade lake.  West Virginia only has one real lake.

The trail crossed the spillway.



When the rhododendron bloom this trail must be beautiful.



I was surprised we didn't have ice to walk over but it was water and mud.  I packed my snow boots expecting snow on the ground and they worked fine on this trail - warm and waterproof.





Only ice I saw was icicles from this log above my head.



The trail is well marked with blazes nailed high on trunks.




Dan walks faster than I do.  He was waiting for me at the point viewing the canyon.



We couldn't decide what that horizontal line was through the trees on the hill to the right.  If it was a road we thought we'd see it.  Maybe an old road?




The hike back went much faster.  Isn't that always the case?




9 comments:

Tom said...

...winter looks a bit different everywhere!

Anvilcloud said...

I can well imagine what that trail and area will soon become.

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the idea of a hike. I can't wait for spring!
Thank you for stopping in today at my home renovations post. You'd be surprised that I actually downsized to be keeping less than half of the books we have. Not shown in the post are the four sets of bookshelves upstairs in the living room. LOL Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Cynthia said...

You had some lovely views on your hike. You should go back when the rhododendrons are in bloom! It’s so great to get outside, even in winter.

Kay said...

It looks like you really got a lot of wonderful exercise. And yes, the walks back always seem a lot shorter.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Looks like a great place for a hike. I am sure that your cardiovascular system said, "Thank you."

R's Rue said...

What a beautiful place to hike. Happy Thursday.

Bonnie K said...

What a beautiful hike! I wish we saw something green here.

Stewart M said...

Looks like a great place to explore! The walk back always does seem quicker.

Remarkable fact about the number of lakes.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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