For our third hike of the 2015 season, the Restek Rambler's had their first visit to the Whipple Dam State Park. Located here is the Whipple Lake Trail, a 2.2 mile hike around the lake at the State Park.

On this hike, we all met at the main parking area near the beach. It took a little while to reach the trailhead for the hike, so we got a later start than we usually do. Heading east from the parking area we came across the signed trailhead near the lake's edge.

The trail followed the southern banks of Laurel Run as it headed east. At about 0.8 mile we came across a well-built bridge that spans Laurel Run. A short distance after crossing the bridge the trail climbed steeply to Beidler Road. Once reaching the road, we turned left and onto the trail as it began to follow the ridge top.

As we hiked across the ridge line, we encountered a gradual ascent but it soon leveled out and had a rather easy hike. The trail merged with a dirt road at about 1.5 miles into the hike and we soon turned left off the road and began a descendt towards the lake.

We were about 1.7 miles into the hike when we met back up with the lake, almost directly across from where we started the hike. We turned right here and soon found ourselves hiking a paved road back to the trailhead.

The hike was enjoyed by all, but there were some wet sections on the beginning part of the trail that had to be avoided. The Whipple Dam State Park is a great place to go for a hike and have a picnic afterwords, which I believe some of the Restek Ramblers did.

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