Winter lingers on. The snow was deep – but frozen solid and sprinkled with fresh powder providing a nice even surface for an easy walk. The sun shone on ice-covered trees and once again, I was unable to capture their glistening beauty.
Holts Run Road is on the left just past the boat launch at the Quaker exit of Allegany State Park. We drove up the road until it ended, then hiked up the “path”.
Take the word “path” with a grain of salt! There was no path.
There was plenty of evidence of beaver activity. At one point, we chose to climb up into the woods and around a beaver pond. From up on the hill, we had a great view of the pond. Notice the lodge center left, and the dam along the right side of the picture:
This was just one of several ponds with lodges. At another spot in the valley, we found ourselves standing where a beaver pond once had been. The dam had been breached and the creek was flowing through the hole in the dam:
There were plenty of tracks in the snow, including fox, turkey, deer, and squirrel. Our favorite tracks were the bear tracks!
After stopping for a bite to eat and some warm soup, I tried hard not to fall in the creek while still getting some creek photos.
I had hoped to find SOME spring flower blooming… Hepatica maybe?? No… But I found some green right in the middle of the creek… no blossoms yet, still… I think it must be some sort of Bedstraw:
Then I turned 180 degrees to find this ice:
The calendar says spring and I am ready. Winter lingers. And that’s OK. But I’m ready! Ready for different photographic opportunities. Ready to leave the long johns home. Ready for a little warmth. Bring it on!
Holts Run is not a well-marked trail. If you don’t have a good topographic map, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this hike! If you go without a topo, hop over the creek early on and keep the creek and beaver ponds to your left… Once past the biggest ponds, hop back over the creek and keep it on your right. There is a “road” that hasn’t seen much use and is starting to be overgrown… There are some lovely areas out there… And some bears! I might try this trail again in spring… but the brambles… Yikes! Maybe…