Few bikers, runners mean hikers take a road less traveled

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Russ Helwig | February 19, 2014

Last Tuesday, six of us had a short walk on the white John Muir trail in single digit weather. We met one biker and a few runners on the trail.  As I was driving home my car thermometer read one degree.

Marvin Herman writes:

With temperatures in the mid-teens last Wednesday, five long hikers reassembled at John Muir bike trails.The trails were mostly hard-packed snow but some over lightly traveled ground. The hike covered various trails in the system including White, Orange, Green and Rainy Dew and went a distance of almost five and a half miles, some over quite hilly trails.

Two fat-tire bikers were encountered enjoying the winter snowscape.

During and after the hike, we were regaled with stories about the great migration of animals witnessed by Peg Oettinger on her trip to Tanganyika.

After the hike, we met up with some of the short distance hikers and cross country skiers at the LaGrange General Store for soup and conversation.

I joined the other half of those meeting Wednesday for an enjoyable short walk from our meeting place across the highway on the snowmobile trail to Esterly Road. After regrouping we decided to return on the Ice Age Trail for a total distance of three and a half miles for the hike.

The hiking was very good on the snowmobile trail and the first half of the Ice Age Trail. There had been few travelers on this trail before us to pack down the snow so the last part of our hike was much more difficult and we trudged through uneven unpacked snow.

We did meet two snowmobilers on the first part of our walk and saw many animal tracks in the snow. The temperature being in the mid-teens seemed relatively balmy compared to recent walks.

As we arrived at the La Grange General Store we met three regular hikers who played hooky to make use of the wonderful Nordic ski trails.  As we were beginning to eat our lunch the long distance hikers arrived.

Happy Trekking,


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