The trail itself is really just a wide gravel road that circles the base of Roxy Ann. Katie enjoys this wide gravel road because it means freedom from the leash and the ability to stop and go when she wants. We like this hike because the 4.7 mile loop gives us a nice hike without taking up our entire day and is quick to get to.
|Family shadow portrait at start of the hike.|
|And so it begins....up.....up....up.|
As the trail loops around Roxy Ann the landscape changes from oak trees to pine to madrone. There are benches provided at various points allowing you to just sit and take in the great views. Almost half way through the loop we got our first view of Mount McLoughlin, which today had some snow, but was not yet completely covered in a winter coat. Mount Ashland came into view a little later and showed very little snow coverage.
|View of distant Mount McLoughlin|
|Glenn's first (and probably last) "Selfie"|
|Madrone tree portion of the loop|
Just before completing the 2.7 loop, we walked off trail to an old tree that is the "Woodpecker Tree" of Roxy Ann. It is really amazing with hundreds of holes, many with acorns stored away in them. And yes, there were woodpeckers flying nearby. We eventually rejoined the main road and hiked the last mile back to our car. Despite being a little cold when we started, we were quite warm now and feeling good after getting outside and enjoying such a beautiful day.
|The Woodpecker Tree|
We have so much for which to be thankful!!!!
Glenn & Carol