Bruin Bluff Trail

A short time back, I hiked the entirety of the Bear Creek Trail which starts in Lair O’ The Bear park and ends at Pence Park about six miles away. Because that hike proved to be pretty enjoyable for early March, I decided to head back out that way and check out some of the other trails that Lair O’ The Bear park has to offer. With that being said, here are some other details about my hike:

Date of Hike: March 7th, 2019

Miles Hiked: 1.6 Miles

Trail Conditions: Muddy with melting snow

From the parking lot, I made my way to the nearby Creekside trail. For several minutes, I stood by the creek to take in everything that was going on around me. The snow was melting and the birds were singing as spring was slowly getting closer with each passing day. Additionally, several parents and their kids were sledding down on one of the remaining areas of snow that was left in a shaded area.

Just off of the Creekside trail listening to nature.

Moving on, I then headed up the Bruin Bluff trail which was the main focus of my hike that afternoon. Because it was during the week, their was not that much traffic on the nearby road which really made it seem much more tranquil. Nonetheless, I headed up a small ridge and then into the woods.

Going up a small ridge.
Walking through the woods.

After a short time, the woods open up and reveal an excellent view of the surrounding foothills.

The view of the surrounding foothills.

Later on down the trail, I stumbled upon a unique rock outcropping that really caught my eye. At this point on the trail, the snow had melted away revealing a whole lot of mud. Turning the corner and descending back into the woods was a completely different story as the trail remained covered in ice before looping back around to the creek and eventually the parking area.

The unique rock outcropping.
Walking through the woods on snow and ice.
Another view of Bear Creek before I depart.

Overall, I was able to complete this trail within an hour despite stopping to take pictures and enjoy being out in nature. It was a perfect short hike to complete after a long morning of work. I also really enjoyed it because of the fact that it really gave me a reminder that spring was finally on the way!

Author: David Higham

Spending time in nature calms my soul.

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