Last summer we did a small loop that is at the bottom of the Fanning Trail. We made plans to come back and do the Fanning Trail at a later date, and this weekend had the absolute perfect weather to test it out. It was about 4 miles round trip (you have to hike in and then hike back out). I think it may be a little longer if you hike all the way to the dead end, but the last half mile is almost all rocks and fallen trees, and we were already tired and had to hike back out. It’s an elevation gain of about 738 feet, and a good part of the beginning is climbing upward. The hiking poles the boys had definitely came in handy for climbing up and for stability coming back down. This is also a hike that hiking shoes or boots are a definite help for traction.

J has a love for all things biological and geological science, so this was a great hike for his interests. Lots of twisted trees with bright greens and rock formations:

 


And a variety of mosses, mushrooms, snail shells, to see and examine:

 


It was definitely one of the most strenuous hikes we’ve done, but the boys trooped along. I always have a moment remembering the very first time we took them “hiking” and both boys were skipping along in heavy jackets on a little half mile loop along a local pond filled with ducks. A stopped to look and have us read every sign, and J was filling his pockets with acorns and rock treasures to take home. Not much has changed in that respect.

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