Friday, September 30, 2011

Potholes Trail at Devils Lake State Park

We went to Devil's Lake State Park to hike to gain more mileage towards our 10 mile goal for the year.  The park has a special hiking club this year due to their centennial celebration. 

The weather was cool, but it was still a beautiful day.  We started with a picnic lunch of cheese and sausage by the lake.
Chad wanted to walk the Potholes Trail which highlighted special rock formations that we learned about at the Nature Center on another trip this summer.  The potholes are formed by rocks spinning in water flow down the cliff and spinning smooth craters in the bedrock. In order to get to the Potholes Trail we went up the cliffs on the Balanced Rock Trail.  In essence these two trails are staircases.  Rock steps meandering up the entire way.  The entire hike was about 1.5 miles, so it was a lot of steps.  Zack had shaky legs by the end of the descent on the Potholes Trail.
The bluffs we climbed
Climbing up, up, up...on Balanced Rock Trail