Hike: C.O.M.E. Hike Saturday #2, Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail, Lake Martin, Sat. 2/27/2010, 09:30-12:30
Distance: 4.7 miles Rating: 5/5
Conditions: Cloudy to Partly sunny. Cool (low 40's). Light to moderate winds. Trails in good condition. Met a few other hikers (even some with dogs too!) on the trail.
Had a great time of fellowship and enjoyment of GOD's Creation on this wonderful trail that winds from ridge-top to lakeside and back up. The area truly does have an alpine feel. Large boulders are scattered about the ridges and even down into the lake in places. The forest is largely a mixed pine-hardwood type though one observes sections of pure pine and pure hardwood throughout the hike.
Observed large red-tailed hawk going in to the trail head. Several Canadian Geese, a few ducks, and various other water birds were observed. A small patch of woodland violets were blooming near the water's edge on one of the many "fingers" we hiked around.
It's is always a joy to spend time with people I care about and a hike such as this just multiplies it!