Another senior center hike -- this one in the Talus Rocks area of Tiger Mountain.
Definition of talus.
1 :a slope formed especially by an accumulation of rock debris.
2 :rock debris at the base of a cliff.
The aptly named Talus Rocks Trail took us to this accumulation of huge boulders. For scale: the wooden barricade is about four feet tall. Also, check out a few of the senior center hikers in the background.
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A tight squeeze between those giant-sized rocks!
Taking a few minutes to grab a drink of water in a beautiful setting.
Altogether we covered seven miles with an overall elevation gain of 1,000 feet. Whew! My only complaint (besides being tired at the end) is that the trails were covered with a layer of wet leaves which hid slippery rocks. It would have been easy to turn an ankle on a hidden obstacle. It might be better to explore these trails in spring or summer when rocks on the path would be visible.
We started at the hiking symbol on the map below (Tradition Plateau) and meandered along the trails in this order (as best I can remember):
Bus Trail (there's an abandoned, rusty school bus by the trail - wish I'd paused to take a picture!)
Talus Rocks Trail
Section Line Trail
High School Trail
Brink Trail (overlooks a deep ravine)
Swamp Trail (alongside a boggy area)
Around the Lake Trail
FYI: The Swamp Trail (a 1/3-mile-long self-guided trail) features "Zoe and the Swamp Monster" with placards along the path that tell a story. My granddaughter would love it! (Link: Swamp Trail)
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