Rocky and I were on the trail this past Friday (10/27) at one of my favorite hiking spots – Twin Creek MetroPark. The park has too many miles to hike in just a few hours, so Rocky and I decided to thru-hike the park on two or three different days. Twin Creek Metropark consists of an upper loop and a lower loop separated by Chamberlain Road.
We parked in the lot right off Chamberlain Road and headed toward the lower loop. There are three loops within the larger loop – the Purple Trail (2.1 miles), the White Trail (2.0 miles) and the Silver Trail (0.8 miles). The lower loop area can be very muddy during the rainy seasons, so Rocky and I wanted to hike this part of Twin Creek on a nice dry day.
It was a great day to hike and path was gorgeous. We had a little trail snack, which we enjoyed along the way, and we saw only two other hikers during the morning so it seemed like the forest was ours. The Purple and the White trails share the same path except Purple takes a small extension on the west side of the loop. So Rocky and I decided to hike the Purple Trail counterclockwise and then the White trail clockwise so the terrain would look a little different. No matter which way you hike, the south end of the loop descends toward Lake George and then climbs back up to a relatively flat trail.
The Silver Trail is located on the northern end of the lower loop and leads the hikers past the entrance to the Pine Ridge Backcountry Camp Sites. We have never camped there but we heard several trains passing by during our hike and wondered how noisy it might be during the night.
Today was mushroom day. I don’t know if the mushrooms are always so prolific on this lower loop because of the moisture that tends to settle in this area, but Rocky and I saw several spots where a small forest of mushrooms dominated the underbrush. I don’t know my mushrooms very well, so I took a few photos but decided not to taste or pick my subjects.
After completing the lower part of the park, we took a break at the trail head. It was such a beautiful day that we decided to hike a small trail on the upper loop. The Green Trail is only 1.6 miles, so after a couple of gulps of water and half a Larabar, we were off again. The Green Trail had much more elevation change than the lower loop, but Rocky and I enjoyed the trail which led us into the trees, out into an open meadow, back into the trees, circled back on the far side of the meadow, across a small creek, and ended back at the parking lot.
Twin Creek, thanks for the lovely miles. We will be back to complete our thru-hike on another day.