Day of Hiking

May 14, 2019

The Grade 12 Phys. Ed. class from Minnedosa Collegiate spent a day hiking in Riding Mountain National Park on Tuesday, May 14. Plan A for the day was to hike to Bald Hill on the escarpment on the east side of the park. However, Highway 19 was still closed to heavy traffic so school buses aren’t able to get to the trailhead. Plan B was put into effect. After leaving Minnedosa, the bus picked up a group of students from Erickson Collegiate and traveled north to the first trail of the day – the Boreal Island Trail. This is a short 1 kilometer trail, but it is very scenic with a couple bridges that cross over the beginnings of Jackfish Creek. The next trail on the list was the Bead Lakes Trail. This is a 4 km loop trail that follows the shoreline of a couple of the Bead Lakes before coming back to the start point. There was some puddle jumping that had to be done near the end of this hike. On the way to Grayling Lake the group saw their second bear of the day, on the side of the road. After lunch at the Grayling Lake picnic site, the final hike of the day started at the Spruces picnic site on the north shore of Clear Lake. On this section of trail there was still a spot that had ice that had been pushed off the lake and up on to the trail by south winds. There was also a piece of shoreline that had a beach with excellent rocks for a rock skipping championship. The final part of the hike took the group to an old abandoned camp building. Although we did not get to the escarpment area, it was still a good day. The weather was excellent and it is always a good day when you can be outside exploring.

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