Gilbert Lake Snowshoe & Walk – Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Report by Norma Lee Havens It’s Spring! The hike on Tuesday March 22nd dawned cloudy and 22 degrees. The Green Way and Riddell State Park had some flooding and ice but Gilbert Lake State Park is a treasure of trails and loops to hike, snowshoe or cross country ski. Just the time of year to find the trail that fits the people, the weather and the conditions. It was ironic that I had planned a walk down along a river or creek. We were trying to get in what I thought would be a spring romp and check for wild flowers. Luckily the snow had melted some around Gilbert Lake and there were bare spots to hike. Starting at the first parking lot and each of us with a trusty hiking stick we made our way around the lake to the bathhouse. We wanted more so we tried walking up the unplowed road to the upper shelter. Snow on that area wouldn’t consistently hold our weight. We retraced our way back around the Lake and up the service road leading to the large shelter, ball field, Deer Run Camping and back down on the Lake trail. No wildflowers were seen but it was a joyful group of eight hiking explorers. Thank you Gilbert Lake State Park, our treasure. After the hike a group of us enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Underground Eggplant on Chestnut. Photos by Julie Smith.

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