Distance: 6 miles Rating: 4.5/5
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Conditions: Clear blue sky - gorgeous! Unseasonably warm. Calm. Lots of rain over the previous weekend left some water standing in places but not overly muddy. We did not have to divert from any trails.
Hiking with my brother. (Do not get to do that nearly enough.) Today was his first time in this location. I think he had a blast.
Many birds (as usual). Also observed squirrel & rabbit. Saw a moderate sized mammal off the Fern Trail -- it looked a lot like a skunk with a bushy tail but was lighter colored (no smell detected).
Wonderful place to hike. Really enjoyed Secret Lake. The palmettos, cypress trees, and Spanish moss engenders thoughts of a primeval forest. The Cahaba River was swift moving and high today - as high as I have ever seen it here.
One hundred foot birding tower was a treat (as always) and a workout for the legs. Glenn swears it was 200' high!
Enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with my brother! Thank YOU, LORD.
- MountainSmith Lumbar pack (ASK & 1st Aid Kit) 1L water
- KaBar Eskabar
- SOG Fasthawk
- RedHead Gortex hiking boots
- Hiking pants & LS Shirt
- Orange head do-rag (it is hunting season in the South you know!)