Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Hike Report – Winney Hill Ridge

We gathered at the Salo home on Winney Hill, starting our hike along and around the Winney Hill Ridge from the backyard. We meandered out way to the top of the ridge by going through the woods, kind of switching back and forth on a woods trail. Along the way we came upon a most beautiful mass of Wild Columbine growing atop a large, flat rock. The wildflower experts identified a rare wild flower growing on the trail, photo 2 below. At the top, we walked on hiking trails made by our neighbor, Mike Maben, coming out on the Gas Line. Some friendly horses greeted us as we walked downhill to Upper West Street. From there we walked up hill and over the crest to Herrick Hill Road where we went back into the woods, following the trail south and back to our house. We sat on the deck for lunch, where the Sour Cream Coffee Cake was a hit. All sixteen hikers seemed to have a good time. 

Photo 1 by Carol McIntosh and Photos 2-9 by Carol Saggese: 1) Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), 2) “Coming or Going?,” 3) Striped Maple (Acer pensylvanicum), 4) Gaywings (Polygala paucifolia), 5) Wood Pile, 6) Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema atrorubens), 6) Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), 7) Would you like to join ADK?,

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