Animal Track Hike at Heritage Park (Farmington Hills)

  • December 7, 2013 · 11:00 AM

We will take a moderate pace 4-mile hike, looking for the winter tracks of deer, squirrels, mice, rabbits, raccoons, and snipe in the snow as we follow the trails.  Expect a nice river sighting and ridges topping 820 feet!  (We’ll stop for oxygen at the top of hills!!) Be safe:  Vibram-soled boots are good for this season. 

Meet:  11am in Heritage Park in the visitor center lot. Turn west off of Farmington Rd. (between 10 and 11 Mile) and left at 1st road, right into the lot. Phil,[masked]C. 

Map to trailhead:  http://goo.gl/maps/DMj83

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  • Barbara

    Sorry for delay in uploading photos and my map of the trail with elevation, etc

    December 16, 2013

    • Joanne7925

      Hi, Barbara - Thanks for uploading your pictures and especially the elevation map of the park. I couldn't make this hike but visit it often and have wondered how big those hills were.

      December 16, 2013

  • Phil C.

    WOW! I couldn't have picked a better day. The first sunny day after 9 days of dark, gloomy Michigan winter. It made it for GREAT wildlife viewing. We did find many dear tracks in the frozen dirt of the trail, but too many leaves to find mouse of raccoon tracks. We spotted only one bird, a nuthatch, but lot's of squirrels trying to find the nuts they buried two months ago. At least 9 deer spotted us, some really big, healthy does - the lazy bucks probably still sleeping off their thanksgiving dinners. The ice forming on the edges of the Upper Rouge River had nice patterns, as the mallards ducked their heads under it.
    A super nice day to share with our hikers, and to share a meal with afterward.

    December 7, 2013

  • Mary G

    Sorry to miss this hike. Life happens.

    December 7, 2013

  • Sharon

    Hi, Phil. Would it be possible to clarify what comprises a moderate pace for this hike?[masked] miles per hour?[masked] miles per hour? Not sure yet if I’ll be available for this hike, but would appreciate this information just in case. I prefer a moderate to fast pace (particularly in cold weather), but also understand that others may not. Many thanks. :)

    December 2, 2013

    • Phil C.

      Hi Sharon, It was obvious last Sunday that you ARE a brisk hiker. An interesting phenomena that is common - is that leaders somehow go a faster pace when they lead - than when they are followers. We need to try to accommodate everyone that comes, so the pace varies. On my hikes, I try to go fast enough for the fast hikes, and find reasons to stop often, so the group stays close. This Saturday we will be looking for animal tracks, so focusing occasionally on the ground at tracks - probably overall, a slow pace with periods of brisk[masked] mph so that everyone stays warm and entertained. Variety is good - in life, and in hiking.

      December 3, 2013

    • Sharon

      Thanks, Phil! :)

      December 3, 2013

  • BruceC

    I'll see how I feel after another club's holiday party the night before. :-)

    December 2, 2013

  • Domino

    Sorry. Conflict with work event.

    November 29, 2013

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