Lower Alpine Eaglecrest Loop Trail 7-21-2013

  • Pretty soggy.
  • No snow.
  • No bugs.
  • No bear sign.

So for those of you who cross country ski up at Eaglecrest, you know that there is a lower loop that they set a nice track. Dogs aren’t allowed there, and in the winter it is a pretty nice track.

So, I wanted to walk it this summer. Did you know the trail doesn’t really exist? Ya, I didn’t. They must just make it up every year. There isn’t actually any boardwalk or dirt trail they follow. We walked along for a while, following what I thought was the trail, but it was actually the start of the Treadwell Ditch trail. Once the nice wide dirt part went into the woods and over a bridge, I knew we weren’t going the same way I did that one time. And once the nice wide trail turned into a tiny little dirt trail in the woods along a river, I knew we weren’t going the same way.

So, we walked back, and followed the boardwalk. Turns out that also isn’t the way. We ran into a lady walking her dog and she said that the boardwalk just kept going then ended. So, we turned around again and walked up to the wide dirt path to the Eaglecrest lodge.

It turned into a bit of an adventure, and a bit of wandering, and a lot of not really knowing where exactly we were going. But, it was a fun adventure nonetheless.

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Starting off on the gravel path.

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Being a dork. What can I say?

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Though it doesn’t go where we thought, this is a nice trail.

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Just love the one that is in fall colors.

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The trail got a little more ‘trail’ and less ‘path’ at this point.

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There was a bench to sit on.

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So, when you cross-country ski it, you never cross a bridge. This was one of many signs that we were on a different trail.

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Slower shutter speed.

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When Cheryl and I got to this, we weren’t walking across it. This is kind of the ‘start’ of the Treadwell Ditch trail. Kiska ran across no problem.

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This was another trail option on our way back, but it went into the woods with tall foliage and we didn’t want to get that wet. Again, another sign that it wasn’t the same trail.

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A muskeg pond.

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Dogwood among the rocks.

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A daisy with water. Just a cool pic.

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