Trails traveled: Mason Creek Trail, Bear Paw Trail, Difficulty: Moderate (Blue)
Out-n-Back, 7 miles round-trip, 1,158 feet elevation gain
Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Weather: Clear, Sunny
- Winter Hike
- Blue Jay
- Gray Squirrel
- Scenic Overlook
This is the first time I’ve been to Staunton State Park this year, but there were so many trails, that I could see myself coming back another time or two this winter or in the spring.
My destination on this hike was the Catamount Overlook. The payoff of the hike were some epic views of the surrounding mountain ranges to the southwest of Staunton State Park. The park boasts a few more overlooks along the same ridge. On the other side of the park is Elk Falls and a few picturesque ponds.
Some of the wildlife I spotted on the trail included a blue jay and a gray squirrel. The trail had a limited number of other people braving the snow and ice. I saw about twelve other people the whole hike.
Speaking of weather, it was actually quite nice out. When I started the hike it was in the mid 50s, and at times it was cooler than that when the sun was shaded by the mountains and trees. The trail was snowy, which had melted, then re-froze making some parts icy and other parts slushy. A few stretches of the trail was actually dry. The hiking poles were all I needed to stay upright.
As far as writing, it was a productive afternoon too. I wrote about four new poems about the winter and snow. I am so glad I went out today 🙂