Last Sunday afternoon, three people came out on the holiday weekend, despite the heat and looming, thunderstorm, to hike the Middle Coal Lake part of the trail. We hiked the section from Kjorlien Corner northward to Point Cooperation.
The day was warm and overcast, with some occasional cooling breezes. Fortunately we avoided the rain, and there was only a sprinkle on the drive home.
This is a trail that has a bit of everything—a series of relatively smooth trails through the fields along the edge of the lake interspersed with a series of narrow, hilly trails through the trees.
Along the way there were 4 different kinds of berries to eat: saskatoons, raspberries, strawberries and dewberries.
And we watched the occasional pelican out over the lake.
We also spoke to one of the landowners, who reminded us to try to keep the trailheads obscure and the paths narrow to discourage ATVs.
Our lunch was at Point Cooperation, so named for the teens cleared this section as part of their summer work in 1975.
Thanks to Peggy leading the hike and to Trail Maintenance for mowing and clearing the path, and to the landowners for their continuing support. You can find more photos on Flickr.