#2 Ironweed Trail Glacier Ridge Metro Park Jan 13: 1.5 hours, 2.5 miles, out and back Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5 Interest: 1 2 3 4 5 Surface: Paved
The Ironweed Trail is an easy trail, but remote. It’s a little removed from the rest of Glacier Ridge Metro Park, but that’s a feature I enjoy. There aren’t many people there and apart from a little traffic noise near the start of the trail it’s really quiet. The trail runs all the way up to the rest of the park, but we turned back at Mitchell-Dewitt Road because it was getting dark. The section we hiked is mostly prairie and farmland. There was lots of wildlife, we heard a lot of birds and something much larger rustling! I wasn’t able to catch sight of it, but it was larger than a squirrel. My guess is probably a fox or coyote.
March 13: Pilot and I came back to this trail for some biking. Turned back at the road again due to time constraints. I’d like to hike the whole way sometime!