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Whenever I need a quick local hike, there’s always Annadel. And such was the case Saturday morning, where we did a pleasant, scenic 7-mile hike in a few hours. It was not the toughest hike, given the unseasonably cool weather, but the views, as always were stupendous. I haven’t followed closely the timing of the switchover of Annadel operation from state control to county management, since I’m a state parks passholder so I figure my access won’t be curtailed, but judging by the signs up at the park, change is a-comin’ to the park.

Our route started on the Cobblestone Trail, a narrow trail that leads up to a quarry area and then over to Lake Ilsanjo on the well-worn Rough Go Trail. ┬áTo return, we took the Louis Trail to the Richardson Trail and then back to Channel Drive. Not my first time on any of those trails, but the first time doing that loop in that way. Which is part of the appeal of Annadel. Keep on hiking there and take different routes on different days. The views change, but they never are unpleasant. I’m now a multi-active person, adding regular mountain biking to my repertoire (such that it is….) so that makes Annadel even nicer for my recreation.

This interesting story in today’s PD highlights another issue – dogs. To be exact, while they are allowed in most county parks, they won’t be allowed in the post-state Annadel. Click here to read all about it.


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