Hike: A57 to Schnee Hill

Battle RiverSeventeen hikers came out on this beautiful sunny day for the hike along the west part of Battle River. The air was brisk when we started, but soon we were shedding layers as the weather warmed up.

Early in the hike, we stopped to view the remnants of Low’s Bridge, a Waskahegan landmark structure put up by volunteers with donated materials (power poles, rail ties, and steel cable). For the last few years, the bridge was too dangerous to use…it seemed ready to fall in. Last week, trail maintenance and the landowner worked together to take the bridge out.

We stopped at the remnants, which will be removed next week. Then we walked further down to the riverbank to the spot where the bridge had existed for over 30 years. It is a relief to have the bridge removed, but we will still miss it.

You can view the photo albums of our bridge building and bridge repair adventures from the early 80s to 1993.

After some challenging slopes, we arrived on the plateau of Schnee Hill. We dropped our packs and nestled in on the soft, clean grasses to rest and eat our lunch.

Among the early fall colours, we found high bush cranberries, chokecherries, and an elderberry. We also spotted white-tailed deer and on the way back, a bald eagle soared above our heads.

Total distance was 12.5 km.

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Fort Ethier and Bigstone Creek Hike

Twenty-four hikers enjoyed a fine day on the hike at Fort Ethier and the Bigstone Creek. We embraced the challenging hills, sauntered on the paths along the creek’s edge, and absorbed the wonderful views of the valley from above.
Bigstone Creek

The day ended with Mrs. Lucas, the landowner, giving a well-received 15 minute overview of Fort Ethier, its purpose and her family’s part in its story.

Fort Ethier

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Fort Ethier - Bigstone Creek hike