Where Midlun Road turns west, the trail leaves the pavement, turning first onto a farm lane, and then onto a narrow footpath shortly thereafter. The trail passes an old overgrown cemetery, then after some time in the woods, crosses a narrow pipeline right-of-way. After passing the deadend of Midlun Spur Road, the trail follows a two track down the hill and soon enters Maxon Creek State Forest. The change in the forest is immediately visible, and this section of trail is quite lovely. Then the trail begins the steady descent to Route 13. The five miles passed quickly, and I would have liked to keep hiking. However, it was a 45 minute drive to get down there, and we'd gotten out a little later than I would prefer, so I headed home. I had no trouble showering, eating lunch, and starting some laundry before picking Frankie up from school.
I selected this hike for today because the private land the trail crosses between Maxon Creek State Forest and Route 13 is closed for hunting starting next month. The adjacent section of trail north of Route 13 has a similar closure, so I hope to get out for another hike in this area again soon.
|views along Stoney Brook Road|
|looking back east along Stoney Brook Road - the parking area is just inside the treeline|
|heading west on Stoney Brook Road|
|Cuyler Hill Road|
|on the State Forest now|
|this is another section of trail with hunting closures|