Gadwah Notch Trail June 21, 2014

Cathrdal Meadow

 

One of our favorite places in the North Woods is the Nash Stream Forest.  One of our favorite trails systems meanders here, the Cohos Trail.  We love the long unpaved road to get to the trail heads. We love the solitude of the forest. We love beauty of the Cohos Trail.  In order to celebration the summer solstice we returned to the land we love, the Nash Stream Forest.  Today we would venture out on the Gadwah Notch Trail for a few miles.

The trail begins at the end, the end of Nash Stream Road.

 

Follow the yellow signs of the Cohos Trail

Follow the yellow signs of the Cohos Trail

Our feet followed an old woods lane, while we listened to trickle of  Pike Brook.

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Along the way we spotted evidence of moose, bear and other  woodland creatures.

Moose tracks

Moose tracks

 

Well hello there mr. caterpillar

Well hello there mr. caterpillar

 

After 22 minutes of walking we arrived at Cathedral Meadow.  What a delightful place that just appeared.

Coming up to the meadow

Coming up to the meadow

 

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Views from the meadow

 

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Pano

 

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Flower in the meadow

 

We walked another 1/2 mile, admiring the woods and flowers along the way, until we reached the next smaller meadow and the trail turning to the right.

 

Moran Meadow to the left, trail to the right

Moran Meadow to the left, trail to the right

The flowers were almost ready to burst in the meadow.  One yellow flower did stand out though.

This reminded me of yellow fireworks

This reminded me of yellow fireworks

Turning away from the meadow we went up the lane, with some mud hopping adventures.

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We followed the trail for another 1/2 mile.

Follow the yellow brick road, no the yellow marked rocks

 

We entered Muise Bowl, a natural amphitheater.

Muise Bowl

Muise Bowl

 

flower in the bowl

flower in the bowl

We walked a little further passed the Bowl, and turned around at 2.5 miles, not making it to Bulldozer Flat.  We hit an area that was very wet, boggy and just didn’t have the desire to slog through mud or high grass today.  We hoped the moose would have blazed a clear cut path, but I think they even turned around in the seeps.

Seep turnaround for us

Seep turnaround for us

 

The return was full of great views and we enjoyed the moments of just being in a such a tranquil place, free of manmade noise that clutters our ears.

heading back

heading back

 

Columbine Flower

Columbine Flower

 

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We spent a great 2 and 1/2 hours exploring the Gadwah Notch area.  We tramped 5 miles in total.  We will return to do this again and go further next time.  The Nash Stream Forest and the Cohos Trail are a very special area, free of crowds, full of beauty.

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