|The open field begins your walk|
|The trails are well marked|
|Several ponds are part of the water management program here|
|The big open|
|And the trees|
|High water marks on trees|
|More water marks|
|Near the St. John River|
By the way, the Kratzert Tract of land is right next door. I hiked there a couple of years ago and it was a short but interesting trail. Here's my blog about it.
Along the way we met a bicyclist who was bringing a boy scout troop here the next day for a Philmont hike training session. He was followed up by a wildlife officer in his rusting vehicle who was checking around and was making sure we were not lost.
We finally got to the St. John River edge and followed to the west where someone had boated in a huge campsite full of gear. It was a nice campsite with fire rings. A few boats buzzed by. There was another campsite here by an old, dead tree and there was a shelter by the water further down the riverfront. Three more boats were tied along the shore, one of which belonged to Jeff from my old boy scout troop. He was camping on Lake Monroe with his wife, son and a friend, and they were out exploring. We spent a few minutes catching up and it was good to see them camping and spending time outdoors as a family.
|Rough to walk on, painful to bicycle on|
|I love cedar trees!|
|Walt & the parking lot in the distance|
To hike the 1.4 mile Kratzert loop, exit the parking lot and turn right onto CR 415, take the next paved left turn, Reed Ellis Road, follow less than a mile and turn left into the signed parking lot.