October 3, 2009
The Ribbon Trail was constructed this summer with stimulus monies and completed in September. It extends the Ridgeline Trail from Hendricks Park south a bit over a mile on nice gravel to 30th Avenue where it joins street segments of the Ridgeline Trail. After getting several cancellations, 16 of us met on a cool, partially cloudy morning at SEHS and carpooled to the Hendricks Park main parking area. From there we headed along the east side of the park on the Floral Hill Trail, with a short side loop and views of the Laurel Hill Valley and Moon Mountain through the fog, to a 4-way junction, one of which was the south-bound Ribbon Trail. The fog quickly lifted and we enjoyed a very nice morning as we proceeded past the 29th Avenue neighborhood connector and then along the east side of the Obsidian Lodge property (with the Lodge briefly visible through the trees and blackberries).
When we reached 30th Avenue (less than 1ľ miles from the hike start) we took a different trail back which went along the property to the west of the Lodge to Central Blvd. Here a new trail built in conjunction with the Ribbon Trail goes from the end of Central down to the open areas above Laurelwood Golf Course and we headed down the new trail to explore that area Ė a unadvertised addition to the trip, but all seemed to appreciate seeing an area most didnít even know existed. We retraced our route from Laurelwood back to Central, on to 29th and rejoined the Ribbon trail at the 29th Avenue neighborhood connector and then back to our starting point via a different trail through Hendricks Park.
The Ribbon Trail is a great addition to the Ridgeline Trail system. If you havenít had a chance to explore it yet, it is worth the effort. Note: the trails in Hendricks Park are not signed and can be confusing, so if you start there or plan to go through there, maps of the park are available at the Friends of Hendricks Park website and are highly recommended to help you sort things out.
Hikers were: Myron Cook, Brigitte Cross, Walt Dolliver, Pat Esch, Dick Hildreth, Yuan Hopkins, John Jacobsen (leader), Marshall Kandell, Joanne Ledet, Norma Lockyear, Mary Morrison, Jim Pierce, Sarah Praskievicz, Dave Predeek, Darko Sojak and Chuck Wagar.