Jan 1, 2022
I saw some where a 52 Hike Challange and I decided to make my own as part of my BE List for 2022. So New Years Day we started off on the right foot by taking an easy hike, Willie Marsh in Caroga Lake. In 3/4 seasons I would say this is considered an easy hike. For this time of year we didn't have too much snow so we tried it with only boots as it was an unseasonably warm day. Well it wasn't hard, but it was cold, slippery in spots, we should have had spikes on our boots. We were faced with the challange of getting across a running stream of freezing cold water, which was easier for my kids than me. The fresh air was great for my lungs, I felt refreshed at the end, a good feeling to start the new year with. The marsh was frozen but we found evidence of busy beavers working hard through the cold winter. We did the loop to the left from the picnic area which was 1.5 miles. Check out this pdf map before you head out. This is a great hike for all skill levels in warmer weather and is wheelchair accessible for some of it, however no good for wheelchairs in the winter. We plan hope to go back with snowshoes this winter.