Monday, February 14, 2011

Kimsey Creek Hike

Spring-like temps today put me and Cricket out in the woods on one of my favorite local hikes, the Kimsey Creek trail. Kimsey Creek is in the Standing Indian Basin and follows an old logging rail bed used by the Ritter Logging Co. in the 1920's. It is a blue blazed trail, which runs mostly along the beautiful Kimsey Creek from the campground to Deep Gap. The terrain is primarily a gentle climb over a sometimes wet and muddy rock path. The serenade of the crystal clear water rushing through the stream bed and the sight of the beautiful cove hardwoods and hemlock and rhododendron forests creates a peacefulness, which is not always easily found in today's hectic world. This area will break out into wild flower heaven in just a few weeks. It really is no wonder that I've spent many walks on this lovely trail over the years and keep coming back to it.