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Hiking through a sea of green



001 - 002 | 0.5 kmFrom the Dalewood-Kettle Creek parking lot on Dalewood Road, carefully cross the single lane bridge and continue on the pathway to the right heading into the woods. The trail follows the edge of the reservoir and arrives at a grounds parking lot (002).

002 - 003 | 2.3 kmCross the parking lot towards the water and pass through a metal fence where the trail heads off to the left. After passing a rest bench and a small bridge over the creek with a small waterfalls visible,  the trail climbs a slight hill and turns right to cross a large metal bridge over Kettle Creek (003).

003 - 004 | 2.5 kmContinue straight ahead along a path through an area of lush vegetation. Soon a trail can be seen going off to the right which we will take on our return but for now continue on straight ahead (004).

004 - 005 | 2.9 kmThe trail climbs a long gradual climb and follows along the edge of the woods with a ravine on the left.  Watch for a somewhat indistinct path off to the left that heads downhill towards the creek (005). If you miss this waypoint, you will end up at a metal guardrail leading to a new subdivision on Sutherland Lane. Backtrack to find (005).

005 - 006 | 3.3 kmHeading downhill to the left, the trail crosses a small wooden bridge over a drainage ditch and continues down towards the creek. The trail comes out to an open meadow and curves to the right passing through a culvert under Ron McNeil Line (006).

006 - 007 | 5.5 kmShortly after the culvert the trail crosses a wooden bridge and heads back into the woods away from the highway. The trail passes an area with a lot of cut logs from fallen trees and then crosses a bridge with a double wooden railing before climbing a slope and crossing over another similar bridge. The trail continues to cross more bridges over drainage channels as it winds up and down the sides of the ravine. The trail crosses a deep gully over a long flat bridge that slopes up near the end of the bridge. Continuing to climb uphill, the trail arrives at a large open field and a huge powerline tower (007).

007 - 008 | 6.4 kmThe hike continues through a mixed forest crossing a bridge and climbs towards the top of a ravine. Along this trail a farmer’s barley field can be seen on the other side of a wire fence. At a Y in the trail take the path to the left to head downhill (008).

008 - 009 | 6.6 kmArriving at an old concrete bridge over the creek, it’s time to end our hike (009). You could go left or right. Right takes you through a tangle of vines towards Highbury Ave while going left seems to head towards Dan Patterson arena.

009 - 004 | 10.8 kmWe return along the same route to waypoint (004). Watch carefully for this side trail exit.

004 - 010 | 13.1 kmHere we turn left and head towards the east side of the Dalewood Reservoir on the Dalewood trail system. Continuing on along the scenic dirt trail towards the bottom of the reservoir, the trail crosses two long bridges over inlet areas. We mark the middle of the second bridge as waypoint (010).

010 - 001 | 14.5 kmThe  trail comes out to the parking lot on Dalewood Road (001).
Enjoy the hike and the day!

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