Today was the last day of the 2017 52 Hike Challenge, but this is what I had planned for all year-long – to be able to make up hikes at the end of the year which I couldn’t do earlier due to scheduling conflicts, weather, and/or illness. I got up early, layered as much clothing as humanly possible (with wind chill, the temperature felt like it as in the single digits), and first drove to Cedars of Lebanon Park.
I had seen signs for the 2-mi Cedar Forest Trail before, but hadn’t had the time or opportunity to hike the loop until now. Another group actually had the same idea I did and initially got a 5 minute head start, but I quickly passed them and their dogs. Despite the cold (or perhaps because of it), I was moving at a quick pace and a little over a mile in, I actually took off my gloves because my hands were starting to work up a bit of a sweat.
I would describe the trail as moderate – the length and lack of elevation gain were easy, but the terrain was quite rocky and Cedars of Lebanon State Park is known for its sinkholes, so watching where you step is a big must.