Completely alone... Except the Chiggers

Damage from the ice storm
Some parts of trail still showed a lot of damage - lots of dead and downed trees and branches - from the ice storm last Feb.
User: plectrudis - 6/11/2023

Location: Steck Valley Greenbelt

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 1.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: Pros: about 95% shaded, no one else on the trail the entire time. There were a bunch of deer running around, and (in early June) everything was very green and lush. Cons: Near the Steck/Adirondack trailhead, the inland sea oats almost completely obscured the trail. Tried to use hiking poles to keep the head off me, but hordes of chiggers found me anyway, as i discovered several hours later. Also, following the trail outbound wasn't hard, but couldn't my way back - there are lots of semi-trails wandering in various directions and then petering out. Had to take the Hyridge exit and walk the though the neighborhood, which is hilly, concretey, and very exposed at noon in June on a 93┬░F day. Loved the shade, but won't be rushing back.

Log Photos
Damage from the ice storm
Pretty little cascade in the creek
Use insect repellent!
Area around Steck Valley Greenbelt