... around Lake Wintergreen.
I joined a New Haven Hiking Club hike Saturday at West Rock Ridge State Park, meeting at Lake Wintergreen. I was early for the start, and waited at the lake watching kayaks launching out into the water, mountain bikers heading into the trails and families and dogs taking a walk in the woods. Everyone was out trying to get some nice day in before the thunderstorms that were forecast later.
I took the lead right after lunch, and in a few minutes came to a trail crossing. Yelling back - do we take the Yellow or stay on Blue? Immediately, urgent cries came back - 'Don't take the Yellow!!!'; 'Not the Yellow!!!' NO YELLOW!!'. Easy guys, no problem - we'll stay on the Blue. The Yellow here is one of the access trails running west to the Woodbridge side, leading back down the mountain in the exact opposite direction we wanted to head today.
A few minutes later, the trail crossed Baldwin Drive, and we took the Orange back down toward Lake Wintergreen. Then on to the White trail - a wide, level path that runs through the pine forest along the western shore of the lake, taking us back to the parking lot. It was a nice easy six miles, the ascent on the yellow was fairly steep, but we took it slow. Back down on the Orange, it's just a moderate hike down the hill. There are about 21 miles of the trails in park - that just leaves 15 to go!