Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: May 16, 2023
We began at the Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve and hiked to the circular Top of the Gorge Trail. We then descended steep steps passing natural dolomite cliffs. Hiking east along the Mad River Trail, we passed more cliffs reaching heights of up to 50 feet used by rock climbers. Different locations on the cliff face were called Mike’s Wall, Ship Rock, and Amusement Wall. Farther along the trail is the Mad River on the left and a beautiful streamside forest on the right teeming with wildflowers and lots of birds. We then hiked back west eventually through the western wetlands and back up the gorge cliff past the Rusty Ravine and Block Yard Boulders. Overall, we hiked about 2.25 miles and enjoyed the cliffs, river, and forest.