I hiked 4.5 miles today. I saw ATV and mountain bike tracks. One human footprint. Heard one pileated woodpecker. Other than that, I had the woods to myself. I’m on a mission to find good trails to ride Tonka on. I’m also on a mission to get to know those trails so that I don’t get lost when out with my horse. Of the several map apps that I’ve found online, only one shows dotted lines demarcating trails in these woods.
This intersection isn’t on that map. Only the trail to the right is there.
This narrow side-trail is on the map. Even in this logged section, the footing was surprisingly good. I was optimistically thinking that this would be an interesting ride for Tonka and me.
But. See that?
Although Tonka goes over bridges he won’t be traversing this one!
In fact, I thought twice about doing it.
The rest of that side-trail was quite nice so I’ll go back and see if there’s a place that Tonka can safely ford the stream.
This past winter I joined a search and rescue group. To be a participating member I have to take a GPS and compass course. That was supposed to happen in-person, but we’re doing it via Zoom on Saturday. I think those are skills I’ll be needing for hikes in my backyard!
Do you trail ride? How do you keep track of where you are?