For my second hike of the year, I went back to the familiar and spent some quality time with Radnor Lake State Park. Earlier that morning, I had been attending a women’s backpacking course at my local REI store nearby, so it was highly convenient after lunch to change in the trailhead bathroom and hop on the trail. I specifically chose to do Otter Creek Road and Lake Trail for two reasons: (1) The weather had been rainy/overcast all day and I didn’t have the right footwear to be halfway up or down a steep leaf-covered trail in a downpour, and (2) I’m training for my 1st 5K in April and trail running on relatively flat surfaces is so much more interesting/entertaining than my treadmill.
I started in the East Parking Area; despite the rain, finding a parking spot was as difficult as ever. I then walked/jogged the 1.2 miles of Otter Creek before taking the connecting 0.2 mile Dam Walkway, and then walking the rest of the 1.35 mile Lake Trail after my 5K training program was done for the day. Altogether a 2.75 mile hike.
I’ve written about the Otter Creek Road and Lake Trails before, which you can check out here and here for more complete descriptions, as well as pictures of the trails in different seasons. Of course I took some additional pictures this time as well. As I said in my Resolutions Post, “Pictures, or it doesn’t count!”