Take a hike! (with me?): Indian Lookout, Spruce Creek

Well, I did a bit of an unusual hike yesterday…it involved quite a lot of bushwhacking and crashing through the underbrush and weird last-second twists to avoid getting smacked in the face with poison ivy.  And lots of actually getting smacked in the face with spider webs built by these Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis):

photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org: Some call it the "CD Spider" because its webs can make it appear that there are CDs hanging from the trees.

photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org: “Some call it the “CD Spider” because its webs can make it appear that there are CDs hanging from the trees.”  Was too busy cleaning my face off constantly to take a photo.

So although my total hike ended up being about 15 miles (~24 km), I don’t think it is a hike anyone could repeat exactly…so you’ll just have to come along through photos!

The road before I crashed into the forest.

The road before I crashed into the forest.

The boundary of the state forest lands.

The boundary of the state forest lands.

Who needs trails?

Who needs trails?

~3 hours later...oh look, a trail!

~3 hours later…oh look, a trail!

Indian Lookout trail, heading up from Colerain Park, near Spruce Creek, PA

Indian Lookout trail, heading up from Colerain Park, near Spruce Creek, PA

And up

And up

And up...

And up…

Up

Up

Up

Up

IndianLookout

A look out! TADA

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If you follow the trail a bit farther, it takes you to Colerain road, which you can follow for a while (it is yellow blazed here).

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This definitely looks like a trail…I think.

Thanks for coming on my hike with me!  Sure is nice to have good company.  🙂

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