Lithia Park and New Wonder Trail 1-25-21

Photos by Linda

Back by popular demand, seven hiking friends met at the bandshell parking to start the Lithia Loop/New Wonder Trail Combo. This hike, which we first unveiled in December, is both convenient and rewarding. Since it's right in town hikers can invite family and friends any time and the added miles and elevation on the New Wonder Trail makes it more than just a walk in the park.

Our Flower Floosie was in rare form sharing with the group her new flower book and showing us the tree's female and male parts hanging from branches. Another special sighting was the winter blooming Witch Hazel!

At first glance, the Park had only trace amounts of snow at the entrance and doubts were expressed that we'd experience a winter wonderland. But as we advanced up the path into the shaded forest there was more snow and ice on the bridge crossings. After a group picture in front of the Swimming Reservoir we continued up to the TH for the New Wonder Trail.

There to our surprise and delight we met five masked friends from past hikes; some of whoom we hadn't seen since March. I would like to thank these AHG heroes, Dr.Mike and Nanci, Bob and Tracy, and Barry for volunteering to help at the Jackson Co drive thru Covid 19 shot clinic. They earned their vaccines.

As we ascended the trail the snow increased around us as we entered the promised winter wonderland. We experienced "tree snow" and ice falling from overhead branches especially when the sun would occasionally break through the clouds. We hiked about 2.5 miles up to our lunch spot at "boulder city".
We laughed during lunch as the sun caused  new dumps of clumps of snow on our heads and down our necks.

After lunch we headed back down. Our gain was 450' into the snow and a RT of 5 miles on the New Wonder Trail. We finished our loop of Lithia Park for another 4+ miles.

stay well,
Rich


 " Mondays "
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a special day
being outdoors with my friends

                                      ~Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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