The featured trail this week is the Lobb Trail.(#15 in the Huron County Hiking Guide) This is one of my favourite trails. There is an upper and lower trail with five cut offs between the two trails so choosing which cut off to take allows for hikes as little as 30 minutes or about 1 ½ hours. A hike of over two hours is possible continuing on from where the upper and lower trails meet on an old snowmobile trail to Lobb road, however this trail has many deep mud holes from ATV use, so it is wise to only hike it after a long dry spell. Thanks to Murray and Boris the upper and lower trails are usually groomed when snow conditions warrant so there is rarely a need to use skis or snowshoes. Recently there are a lot of icy parts so icers are strongly recommended. Some notable features of the trail are the site of the old Evan’s log cabin adjacent to which are some black locust trees which are about 100 ft tall and as big as locusts usually get. Just past the third cut off there is a bird feeder which in winter is usually swarming with up to 17 chickadees and you may also see a downy woodpecker, a red bellied woodpecker, a red breasted nuthatch, a cardinal and or a blue jay along with some squirrels.
If you hike the trail between 8 an
d 10 a.m. you may meet Duke, Charlie and Snow and their owners, one who I call the dog whisperer (see photo).
When the river is high parts of the lower trail may be flooded, when the river is low an unusual rock formation can be seen. In the spring the River View section of the trail has many flowers in bloom. Geese are often on the river and ducks such as golden eye and mergansers are often seen. One day I had an unusual sight of a bride in her wedding dress being photographed in a shallow part of the river. Occasionally I have seen deer and last fall there was a sick looking raccoon on the trail.
The trail is closed for the two weeks of gun deer hunting and it may be closed sometime to harvest trees, mostly dead ash.
On Saturday it was a case of do as I say not as I do. I thought that that I did not need icers as I could see a lot of grass poking through the snow on the trail, so was not paying close attention to where I was walking. I slipped on some ice and fell flat on my backpack, fortunately not hitting my head, then after catching my breath, hiked for 45 minutes with little discomfort. About 4 hours later I had severe pain in my right side, went to the hospital where they confirmed that I had no broken bones etc. The result was that I took advil for the next several days.
In Trail talk 52 I incorrectly identified the creek at the North end of the Menesetung trail as Bisset creek, the correct name for the creek is Silver Creek.