Monday Paula and I made a last minute decision to travel north to hike Spruce Mountain – we had planned on hiking but put our leave time on pause because of the snow. Spruce Mtn. is on the fire tower list and is the perfect hike for beginners or when you’re short on time, as the mileage is less than three miles roundtrip. We left Troy close to 10AM and were on the trails in no time – the trailhead is in Corinth, not too far from where I grew up and use to hike (Hadley Mountain was a frequent stop).
The hike was easy – we wore only microspikes – with some switchbacks along the way. Time passed a little extra quickly for me because Paula and I hadn’t seen each other in a while and had much to catch up on. It was chilly out but not too bad until we reached the summit; the wind was surely blowing strong despite it not having any views. And because of the wind, I didn’t dare climb up into the tower (it was eleven stories high!).
When we got back to the car, we both enjoyed a hot meal we packed in our thermos. I love myself on the days I think ahead and pack hot meals when on the trail. I packed refried beans with sauteed mushrooms and kale with a slice of Ezekiel bread – so good! It was shortly after 1PM when we finished eating, so we decided to check out Moreau State Park and walk around the lake.
I’ve driven by this park for years but never visited; it’s a great spot in the winter (would be even better on snowshoes) – it’s free to park, they keep a clean bathroom open and there are a ton of trails! I’ll definitely revisit this park again. Felt great to get out, soak up a little vitamin D and breath in some fresh air!