Hiked through one of the jewels of the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland Metroparks, North Chagrin Reservation. We have been to this reservation/park several times, but this time took the White Pine Trail.
|Boardwalk to protect the ground|
from becoming compacted to protect
the rare grove of virgin white pine trees
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Today we hiked through another jewel of the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland Metroparks, Brecksville Reservation.
|The Deer Lick Cave Loop Trail|
climbs uphill, with roots to trip you
|Solidago caesia/Blue-stemmed Goldenrod|
(Remember there are 22 types pf Goldenrod in Ohio!)
|A moss-covered rock|
|Trail markers, and there's|
that Buckeye Trail again!
|Stream undercutting sandstone|
|Deer Lick Cave where water seeping through the sandstone brings out the salts|
|Salts or lichen?|
|Another place where the tributary stream has eroded through the rock|
|Tributary stream with stepping stone falls|
|The fallen branch doesn't do much for these falls|
|A man-made stone wall of the Deer Lick Cave Overlook|
|View from the Overlook|
|Laetiporus sulphureus/Sulfur Shelf|
|View from My Mountain Scenic Overlook;|
I guess there is a better view in the winter!
|Harriet Keeler Memorial with the original 1925 dedication stone|
|Replacement dedication stone of 1936|
|I thought this was the Harriet Keeler Shelterhouse (1928),|
but it's just another picnic shelter on the Hemlock Loop Trail