Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Year to date miles: 19.1
Parking: See directions. Room for around 10 cars.
Rest rooms: None
Hike directions: Butler Memorial Sanctuary
Map: Butler Memorial Sanctuary Map
We had never been to this park, and it fit the bill for a close short snowshoe. This hike would be too short for us at other times of the year, but works well as a winter hike or an after work hike. We were unclear if dogs are allowed - we saw contradictory information online, so we ended up leaving our dogs at home. We saw contradictory signs when we arrived as well, however the dogs are allowed, but please be a responsible dog owner sign was much more prominent than the pets not allowed sign. This hike is easy (well moderate since we were on snowshoes) - mostly easy rolling hills, nothing very steep. There is a lot of car noise (the parking area is right next to 684), but it dies down after a while. We saw a few cars in the parking lot, but didn't see anyone on the trails. The trails were mostly well packed down snow. The trails were clearly blazed and easy to follow.
|Sign at the trailhead - indicating dogs are allowed|
|And a sign at a kiosk, just a short ways in from the prior sign - indicating no pets|
|Numbers which tie into an audio tour, and are also indicated on the trail map|
|Very easy navigation|
|On sunset ledge - no sunset today|
|Hawk viewing platform - this is supposed to be a great area to view the fall hawk migration|