Hike 39: Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve

I’m quickly running out of days where I have enough light to hike after getting home from work – so I headed to the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve for a sunset hike through the preserve.griggstown-native-grassland-preserve_hike-39Hike 39 stats:
Date: September 23, 2016
Weather: 70°F, clear
Distance:  2.08 miles
Time: 0:53
Total Ascent: 175′
Highest Elevation: 184′
Highlights: Osprey sighting, amazing sunset

As with most of my after work hikes in the relatively small grassland preserves near my house, I set out with just a rough idea of where I would need to go to complete a minimum of two miles. There are no length regulations for the 52 Hike Challenge, but one of my personal goals was to only count hikes that were at least 2 miles in length. I parked the Jeep near the trailhead kiosk and headed east along the path next to the field.Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeGriggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeGriggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeThe sun setting over the field was perfect – sometimes it amazes me that such beautiful places are so close home. After crossing through a few of the old farm fields I made my way into the forest near Simonson Brooke – unfortunately all of the pictures I took were completely blurry. Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeGriggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeGriggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeThere were several additional trails that went further back into the woods, but with daylight dwindling, I decided to stick to the fields. I didn’t want to need to run back like I did at the end of hike37; I didn’t get chased by a dog this time either.Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeGriggstown Native Grassland Preserve HikeI made my way back towards the parking area and was the last vehicle to leave for the night – I may head back here over the winter to see what the land looks like once all of the leaves have fallen, I’m sure it’ll be just as beautiful covered in snow as well!

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