Landowner Rights & Trail User Responsibilities

The Waskahegan Trail is a unique resource that exists only because of the generosity of landowners. Before you set foot on the trail:

  1. Know the landowner rights and the trail user responsibilities.
  2. Check the trail conditions

Ross Creek to Partridge Hill Hike

Twelve people came out on a warm summer day to hike the leafy trail along the Ross Creek. The moment we climbed over the stile, the landowner’s horses approached the fence, riven with curiosity.

The first part of the walk was along the creek, in a shady glen, over boardwalks and footbridges. The flowers in bloom here include Canada anemone and dogwood blossoms.

Along the way, we passed Walker’s Pond and a small beaver dam that was right next to the trail.

Leaving the creek, we followed the trail beside a field, and ended up at an architecturally-captivating hunter’s blind. A perfect setting for our group photo.

Thanks to Lee for leading and scouting the hike, to trail maintenance for clearing the trail, and to the landowners for their continuing generosity…as well as also helping to clear the trail. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Where we’re going next.

Cloverlawn Hike

Twelve people came out to hike the Cloverlawn trail, from north of Coal Lake to Mud Lake. The day started cool and windy, but it gradually warmed up. About half the time we were sheltered in the woods. For the duration of the hike we either putting on layers or taking off layers under the ever-changing sky.

We stopped a while at the pet cemetery, and continued up to Stan’s Bench. From this high point we admired the scene from Coal Lake to Mud Lake and the green valley in between.

The flowers we saw today included columbine, arnica, slender blue beardtongue (Penstemon), mouse-eared chickweed, stickseed (Hackelia floribunda), wild strawberry, Canada anemone, Canada violet, lungwort (bluebells, Mertensia), false Solomon seal, prairie onion, heart-leaved Alexanders, twining honeysuckle, and bunchberry.

Lunch was on the slope overlooking Mud Lake.

Thanks to Helen for leading the hike, to trail maintenance for maintaining the trail, and to the landowners for their continuing generous permission. You can see all the photos on our Flickr album.

Where we’re going next.