Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cedar Cliffs Hike

A hike to Cedar Cliffs near the Fenton Inn

mountain with trees

 We hiked during the peak of the flowering Mountain Laurels.  It was a very scenic trail and fairly moderate in terms of steepness.  The trail head is on Wintergreen just near the snow tubing and adventure park. 
cedar cliffs sign

The sign marks the beginning of the trail, which starts out as a gravel road used by the ski slopes for maintenance.  It is not exactly scenic, but this quickly gives way to the trail in the woods.

mountain laurel

Rhododendron flowers and Mountain Laurels line the path for most of the hike.  They bloom in May for several weeks and with all the rain fall we had in spring, the flowers looked amazing this year.

mountain laurel close

With all the flowers, it is like walking through the green houses at Kew Gardens.

view of the mountains

After about 45 minutes of descent, we reach the Cedar Cliff overlook.

views of ski slopes in summer

Looking back up towards the now green ski slopes of Wintergreen as fog rolls in.

mountain laurel

The trail is marked clearly and well traveled path.  Much of the trail was easy walking with a few ups and downs.  If you missed the flowers, the fall colors will be out before you know it.

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