I took a solo hike out the Radial Line Trail on a foggy, rainy day back in November. I started at Watson, headed East, and am embarassed to admit that I got spun around in Sect 6, east of Kong Hill when it got dark much quicker than I expected. I ended up popping out onto the Blue Springs Golf Course, and had to humbly call my wife and admit I didn't exactly know where I was.
This embarassing moment has stuck with me since, so when my 8yr old daughter Madelyn...
...asked to go for a hike today, I decided that I was going back to the scene of the crime, and would figure out what I did wrong on that fateful day. We drove to the junction of the trail and Dublin Line and headed back in westbound.
Just as it is described in the GHTC handbook, this first section closest to Dublin Line was quite rocky, and Madelyn loved the rugged terrain.
It then opens up and thins out a bit, with some beautiful old trees.
Eventually we came to a log bridge over a wet area, which proved to be snowmobilers nemesis, as their eastbound tracks stopped here.
From here we were on the old rail and there was what appeared to be open marshy area off to our right.
The trail leaves the old rail, and wanders uphill until eventually you reach the top of Kong Hill, which has some beautiful lines of sight in almost every direction. We hung out here for 10 minutes or so, and had a drink and snack before heading back.
Oh, saw this depression. Not sure what it is. Is this a hole left from torn out roots, or some geological sink? Someone fill me in please.
All in all, it was a beautiful day for a hike...about -7C, a little bit of wind, and a bit of snowfall...and Madelyn and I really enjoyed the climbs. Almost exactly 2hr roundtrip at a fairly relaxed pace. Here are some more odd shots of my daughter enjoying herself.