This year’s hike will explore the eastern part of the Norris Watershed on primarily woods roads that are not open to vehicles. We will meet in front of Norris Middle School (across from the library near the pavilion) at 9:00 and then caravan to the trailhead along Upper Clear Creek Road. The first leg will be on Arnie’s Trail to Benny’s Trail and then up to Boundary Trail, which we will follow along the con-tour to Forester’s Trail. We will hike down to Belmont Trail and take it up and over the ridge back to Benny’s Trail and then up to Arnie’s Trail and to the start. The hike will go through a variety of forest situations including old reverted fields, mixed mesophotic forest, and small patches of white pine. We will also see the development of forest over time on several areas that were clearcut some 45-50 years ago and one that was cut in 2014. The hike will cover about 4 miles and is rated easy to moderate (see Norris Watershed Trail map at: http://www.cityofnorris.com/id336.html.
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