Once on the trail I entered a young forest that was carpeted in Spring Beauty and Mayapple.
|Spring Beauty's tiny pink flowers carpet the slope|
Clumps of Wood Anemone also popped up along the trail. Its leaves are different from the Rue Anemone that I saw in Janesville on the Arbor Ridge segment.
If you're hiking in the Midwest no doubt you've seen big piles of rocks and wondered how they came to be there. Look around for evidence of farming, most likely that's where the farmer threw all the rocks they found while plowing. Lots of rocks to be found in the area with most of those hills being formed by rocks and sand deposited by the glaciers.
|rock pile being overtaken by the woods|
This trail segment runs through rolling farmland broken up by sections of forest. It was nice going in and out of the different sections, first being secluded in the woods and then popping out to nice views.
One short bit even cut right through the middle of a field, probably soybean last year and corn before that by the evidence I found on the ground.
There were a few erratics along the trail, big rocks deposited by the glacier that do not originate from the region. Easier to leave it there and plant around it than move it or just coincidence?
The Bloodroot are fading already, making way for other flowers to bloom.
|pretty petals fall to the ground|
Flowers like the Trillium that I kept eyeing, hoping to see some that were open.
And eventually I found a few that were!
The butterflies are arriving to check out the blooms. One even held still long enough to get its picture taken. It was my only companion, looking for flowers as hard as I was.
One flower it probably wasn't interested in was the Jack-in-the-Pulpit, but I'm always happy to see Jack again in the spring especially the purple ones.
The trail emerges from the woods at the parking lot for Sunburst and then continues a little further as it follows alongside the roadside on Prospect Avenue and then goes under the main highway before connecting to the Milwaukee River segment. Not being OCD about completing every tenth of a mile of the trail I bypassed the asphalt and turned around to go back up the way I came.
The climb uphill was not bad at all compared to other segments I've recently been on and only took me 45 minutes with just a few short stops.
|Campbellsport Drumlins in the distance? A mystery for another day.|
Just half a mile from the trailhead parking lot was a dispersed camping site which I wish I saw more of along the trail. One of the reasons I keep doing short bits is the lack of camping facilities near or along the trail.
Wayne came home from Alabama on Monday night and now we're looking forward to our trip to Two Harbors, Minnesota. As much as I'm enjoying the Ice Age Trail it'll be nice to get out of Wisconsin with my hubby and see something new!