Starkey Park Map Progress: April 2014

My  last post introduced my new project of re-writing the map for the Starkey Park trails.  There are miles and miles of great trails to explore at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, but not that easy to navigate. This weekend we were able to uncover a few new trails to add to my growing map.

The first path I wanted to find was a very obvious connector trail between the hiking path and the horse trail.  Obvious by satellite, that is.  I have never actually seen this path as I run by.  Saturday, Sean, NiKYO (my trusty pup), and I set out to look for it.  It was hidden a bit, but we were able to spot it behind some bushes, and then follow it all the way to the horse trail.  It was an interesting cut through, and there were some boot prints along the way, so we were not the only ones to know how to find this “secret connector”.  Once we were on the horse trails, we made our way along some routes we have not travelled in a while, so it was great checking them out again.  A water crossing forced us to change our original plans, but it ended up helping us discover a new path we have never been on:  Black Racer Loop!

We took the very squiggly path that had us zig-zagging in different directions.  At one spot, we saw a black racer snake sunning itself (hence the name of the path)!  Sean and I were not quite sure where it would take us, and it meandered a lot longer than we originally thought.  After about a mile, we finally came out onto a path we knew: the east side of Moccasin Way.  NiKYO and I had just ran this route on Thursday, and I had even made a mental note to check out the path that turned off of it at a later date… I just didn’t know the later date would be two days later, on accident, approaching from the other direction!

It was a great discovery, and once home, I rechecked our route on satellite, then added it to my sketched out map.  (I’ll be posting my actual map soon, once I have more progress on it.)  I can’t wait to uncover more trails!