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Grandview Trail at Ricketts Glenn State Park

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

On Sunday, Sarah and I went hiking at Ricketts Glenn State Park. While Ricketts Glenn is known for its 22 waterfalls, we did not visit any of them on this trip. We opted instead to hike the Grandview trail, which goes to the highest point on Red Rock Mountain. At an elevation of about 2450 feet, it’s one of the highest points in the area, if not the highest. We read about a fire tower on top of the mountain, and we were hoping it’d be open.

The drive to the park was incredible, following a steep, long climb that the car really had to work to get up. As we hit about 2,000 feet we started seeing some snow leftover from a snowstorm last week. In fact, we failed to take account how much colder it would be at the higher altitude, and were a little underdressed.

The “trail” started out as a walk on a fire road. It climbed for a while, gradually at first, an steepening a bit as we continued, but never becoming unmanageable.

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Fire road climb

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Snow alongside the trail

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More climbing

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Sarah repurposed an extra pair of socks as gloves

It didn’t take too long to get to the top. When we arrived, we found that the fire tower was closed. The view was good from where we stood, but it would have been an incredible 360-degree view from the tower. Alas.

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Fire tower

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View of the surrounding area

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Three neighboring peaks

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Sarah

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Tree

Once we passed the fire tower, we saw a scraggly old tree, and we could see that there was an actual trail to hike on, instead of the fire road.

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Scraggly tree

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The trail cuts across a clearing

We followed the trail over some rolling terrain. The trail surface was extremely rocky, which made for some challenging hiking. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors. I’d forgotten how much I love hiking in cooler temperatures. Last year, winter was our biggest hiking season. The winters are significantly colder here, but I think the same might hold true this year, assuming we’re able to get to the trails. Driving through the mountains in winter may be challenging, or impossible, if the roads aren’t cleared well. If the snow gets too deep for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing may be good options.

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Sarah

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Rocky trail

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Pine tree

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More rocky trail

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Large boulders flank the trail

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Back at the fire road

It was a lovely hike, with some great views and interesting terrain. Next time we head to Rickett’s Glenn, I’m hoping we can check out some of the waterfalls.

One Response to “Grandview Trail at Ricketts Glenn State Park”

  1. Tim Says:

    Looks like the move is paying off in some nice outdoor opportunities.

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