Holiday Hikes a Hit

Holiday Hikes a Hit

Starting with a hike on the day after Thanksgiving, the Redding Land Trust launched a series of holiday hikes to encourage town residents to explore some of the Land Trust’s many hiking trails.

First Annual Turkey Waddle
About 15 hikers joined for a hike along Jean’s trail from the Stormfield Racoon Way trail through to Wayside Lane and back along the link trail. With the recent wet weather, some of the stream crossings proved challenging, but it was a fun way to burn off some holiday calories and meet new hikers interested in exploring Redding’s Open spaces.

Boxing Day
On December 26, a group met at the Redding Roadhouse parking lot, then carpooled to the beautiful Brinckerhoff Preserve, where the group experienced the full range of Redding’s terrain – from meadows, to wetlands, to rocky outcropping and a lovely small waterfall that usually only appears in the spring. The 2-hour loop hike brought about a dozen hikers together who enjoyed the chance to stretch their legs and have a cold beverage at the Roadhouse afterward. Many thanks to the Roadhouse for their hospitality.

Starting the New Year with a Hike
A last minute decision to hold a New Year’s Day Hike at Rock Lot and Scott Preserve drew a record number of hikers, with 26 enthusiastic folks joining us for a 3.75 mile hike along the Joan’s trail. The initial uphill climb got hearts pumping – and some of the more adventurous group followed the white trail up even further along a rocky outcropping that extended the hike to nearly 4 miles. Others took the easier blue cutoff and saved their energy for the remainder of the hike. There were a few tricky wet areas, but even our youngest hikers were able to navigate and make the trip with no complaints.

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