#3 Sycamore Plains Trail Loop Prairie Oaks Metro Park Jan 20: 1.5 hours, 3 miles, loop Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 5 Interest: 1 2 3 4 5 Surface: Grass and dirt
Mud! It rained the day before and the trail was VERY MUDDY. It starts with a big down hill and I slipped immediately, while taking a picture of how steep and muddy it was. It’s a great trail through the forest, there are lots of branching paths and interesting features. I much prefer unpaved trails, and most of the pet trails in the metro parks are paved, so this is one of my favorites.
At the end of the loop you climb out of the forest into a big prairie. It’s a good place to let dogs off leash even though it probably isn’t officially allowed. You can see people coming from a long way off and they can only come from one direction so you can leash up before they come close and if you stand at the top of the hill you can keep an eye on your dog even if they’re far ranging.