Balmy temps, wet snow, and wonderful views along Ice Age Trail
We walked around Lake LaGrange on the Ice Age Trail and snowmobile trail last Tuesday. As long as one stayed on the trail, walking was good with only a couple inches of wet snow on a firm surface of packed trail. I stepped off the trail one time and sunk down about a foot or more.
It was a really nice evening and the prairie grasses were a beautiful yellow in the evening sunlight. The spring hole by Kangaroo Walk was quite large with the temperature above freezing.
Ten of us walked across the road from our meeting place on the Ice Age Trail on last Wednesday's long walk. At Esterly Road we split, with half the group continuing on the Ice Age Trail to the snowmobile trail near County Highway P. That group returned on the snowmobile trail for a five mile hike. The rest of us, including myself, returned from Esterly Road via the snowmobile trail for a three-and- a-half-mile walk.
Trail conditions were similar to that which we had the evening before. The sun was shining and we had a balmy 40-degree temperature. We met one lone hiker on the way back was also enjoying the great weather.
While regrouping at the General Store for lunch we met the other hiking groups and some skiers who normally hike with us.
The group on the short walk--eight in total--led by Jake Gerlach, hiked parts of the White, Rainy Dew, and Orange Muir trails for another great hike.