Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Once again life has a way of taking us places we don’t expect to be. We set out on this sunny Sunday to hike a nearby mountain that had reports of clear roads and snowy trails which was perfect because we’ve been wanting to go play in the snow but I don’t have tire chains or a snow-ready car. But when it came time to actually get to the trailhead, I was at a loss. Google maps was taking me down all the wrong roads, and of course I couldn’t get a signal otherwise so I could look up the actual directions to the trail head.

I know, I know. I should have been more well prepared. But we also left the apartment around 1 in the afternoon. It was a very spontaneous hike haha.

With that plan out the window, I remembered passing some signs to a nearby state park that I’d never even heard of before. So we doubled back and decided to try our hand at finding that instead. Which we did in no time at all. The Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is a nice and small park, with a couple miles of camping area, equipped with RV hookups and picnic areas. There’s about a mile or so of trails leading to and around the Green River where we saw a couple families with kids, and even some fisherman trying their luck in the river.
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At first we spent some time climbing around on the rocks and were even lucky enough to find some good walking stick material. Thom was constantly stopping to test out branches, picking which ones he wanted to keep and which ones to toss. I got a new one that should do very nicely once we have the tools and space to really style them up. My car is full of future walking sticks, we have way more than we need, but perhaps we’ll sell some in the future? (Let me know if you’re interested! The more interest, the more likely it’ll happen!)

After playing with sticks on the rocks for a while, we headed towards the trails along the riverside. It was so quiet and peaceful. There was no one on these trails with us and we took our time as we made our way alongside the river. The trail marker said it was about 0.3 miles along the trail, but it took us a good while to walk. We stopped to take pictures here and there, and there were many little turn offs where you could move back to the river bank. Once or twice we came upon more fisherman and just kept going so we wouldn’t scare the fish away.

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Overall it was a very calm and peaceful walk. Short, but relaxing. The sun was starting to fall behind the trees as we were making our way back to the car, though we still had plenty of daylight left. It may not have been the hike I had planned on, but it was definitely still a good one to go on. I don’t know if I’d ever want to camp there as it didn’t seem like there was much around other than fishing. But a nice place to go for a visit for sure.

Any recommendations where we should go next? Send me an email at TheAuthor@TheWhimsikalWolf.com or visit the Contact page and let me know where we should head next. We’re always open to new ideas. Till next time!

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