Hiking in the fall

Fall is the best time to check out the hiking trails in the Crane Lake area. The bugs are gone and the weather has cooled and the leaves are beginning to change color.

The Herriman Trail is one of the best trails the area has to offer: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5190356.pdf

beaver

Beaver work

A beaver has been busy working on a big tree on the trail.

poplar-tree

mature Aspen tree

This is the tree that the beaver has been working on. What a prize it will be when it topples. Beavers use their oversized teeth to work on the trunk over several days. Their hope is that mother nature will come along and help. A strong wind would take this tree down finishing the beaver’s work.

sawed off log

sawed off log

Sometimes the trail can get overgrown or maybe a tree has fallen on the trail. When that happens you want to carefully search for where the trail continues. One sure way to know you are on the right track is to look for logs that have been intentionally cut by a saw.

cut log

cut log

Another trail marker is the Rock Cairn. These landmarks are usually placed by the trail to indicate the correct path to take.

rock-cairns

Rock Cairns

Parts of the trail goes over ledge rock where there isn’t much vegetation to mark the trail. This is where rock cairns come in handy. Look for the next pile of rocks and you know you are on the right track.

ledge rock

Trail over ledge rock

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