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Step Outdoors – A Winter Woods Walk

A great adventure, great views and even better memories...

 

by Tim Morey - January 15, 2016

Winter is finally here, but don’t let that slow you down! Many of us resolve to be more active and healthier in the New Year, so here’s a great way to do just that and have some fun along the way. Get out and get active on one of the many adventures led by hiking enthusiast, Step Outdoors volunteer and Asaph Trail Club member, Daryl Warren. In recent weeks, hikes included local highlights such as the Haunted Vista, Lakeside Trail, Mt. Tom, Pine Creek Trail and more.

On this sunny day, seven of us joined Daryl on a loop hike up (and I mean up) and over Gillespie Point near Blackwell and by following the Mid State Trail, made a roughly 5-mile loop out of the hike. We met at the parking lot near the river access in Blackwell. After brief introductions and learning about what was in store for the hike, we began a short road walk to the wooded hillside. From that point, the trail took an steep, but even, grade all the way to the summit. All of us enjoyed the lofty panoramic view both north up Pine Creek and south as well. From this same rock outcrop, we took a short, but well-deserved lunch break. No wonder this point is a highlight of the Mid State Trail.

The trail descended steeply from the summit at first, then more gradually past a few grassy logging roads before eventually coming to a series of stream crossings. Just like any great adventure, the first was the easiest. By the time we were crossing the last, the few of us with dry feet wondered if we would be squishing water between our toes the rest of the way back. A few well-placed logs and rocks later (careful – they ice up quickly), we were safely on the other side. Not long and we were back on the short road section where we started and then to our warm and dry vehicles.

A great adventure, great views and even better memories!!! Sure beats the office or the couch or almost any other place we could have found ourselves today!

Daryl leads longer and more challenging hikes believe it or not! He also leads many easier hikes that you could push a baby jogger on such as the rail trail. He really loves getting out there and wants to share these special places with us.

Several hikes are planned still this winter including a family hike at Winterfest, the annual winter hike of Mt. Tom as part of the Winter Outing Series and many more on weekdays.

If you are thinking about joining him or would like to get his mid-week hiking emails, contact Daryl directly at rindercella@epix.net or read his column in the Wellsboro Gazette.

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