That is till yesterday when I decided why the hell not? They always say don’t judge a book by it’s cover and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Was it the most exciting of walks? No. Was it as mediocre as I was for no reason expecting? Also no. It fell somewhere in-between.
It’s about 1 ½ miles around, so not huge yet still bigger than I thought. It’s a super easy walk, half is paved and the other half is dirt. Given that it’s winter, the snow made things slightly more difficult on the dirt portion. More for me than the dogs. And really I think it’s my own fault for not making a better choice in shoes.
The snow wasn’t too bad; only parts of it weren’t melted and it was totally manageable. I just almost ate it a few times due to my lack of solid traction. So the moral of the story is make better life choices than I if you’re going during the winter.
As for the dogs and the snow, the trail was short enough, and the snowy parts few enough that their paws were just fine. Just muddy. The back seat of my car is destroyed. I really need to starting heeding my own advice and always bring a towel or a seat cover on walks. Will I learn? Probably not.
The dirt portion of the trail was forested which helped make you feel a tad more secluded despite the houses that run along the west side of the trail.
The paved part is foliage free and is placed at the top of a hill, leaving you with the lovely mountain and lake views to your west and some decent city landscape views to your east. You even have a view of the downtown skyline if that sort of thing excites you.
Okay moving on from my unnecessary, yet oh so necessary rant.
I noticed quite a few footprints on the frozen lake which made me all sorts of anxious. Including this foolish greeting a stranger left behind for all to see.
Even when ice is thick and stable, I am not about that lifestyle of walking on it. It makes me far too anxious. Needless to say ice fishing is a big NO for me. And that event where you drive your CAR on the frozen lake in Georgetown is the biggest NOOOOO I could possibly say. So all those footprints on the lake had me sweatin’ something fierce.
The trail was fairly busy considering the cold day and the mid Thursday time frame. I believe I came across about five or so other pairs of people a few of which also had their furry friends.
You can bike and fish there as well so I’d imagine things could get pretty busy during the weekends and summer.
The dogs seemed to be happy as clams and at the end of the day and that’s what matters!
If I had to briefly sum up (something I’m clearly not very good at as you can see by the unnecessary length to this review) I’d say it’s a solid walk. Not necessarily worth a long drive to get there, but if you live in the area it’s worth a peek!