While temperatures finally look as if they are going to let up now we’ve settled into August, here’s a place you can go to escape the heat AND enjoy the outdoors if another heat wave decides to come pay any more unwelcome visits.
This beautiful little hike through Tripp Falls Ravine will have you cooled down in no time. Basically a hike following a stream that runs into the Red Cedar River, this adventure is easy to get to from campus, completely shoe-optional (personally I would opt out of the footwear myself), and the best part is the temperature drop when you enter the ravine from the road.
Here’s how you get there:
1.) Go for a Run or a Walk. This route has the least amount of traffic
2.) Get on your Bike or Drive. Pretty Straight-forward
So, whatever way you decide to take, this is what you’re looking for. The entrance is a small trail to the right of the road. There is a space to park. If you decide to ride your bike, don’t forget to bring a lock and hitch it to a tree.
These three boulders are called the Writing Rocks. Due to their sandy consistency and generally moist environment, they are extremely easy to carve into. Please just admire what’s currently written and add no more! Leaving your mark is overrated and harms the environment for future hikers.
The roof of leaves and branches is so thick in the summer that it started to rain and we didn’t even know until we passed through an open spot in the canopy. It was like being in a rain forest.
The view from the Reading Rocks is gorgeous and you can imagine that taking a picture of it doesn’t do it justice. You’ll have to go and see it for yourself. After these boulders, you are up and out of the ravine, but the trail goes back for at least a 45 minute hike. We unfortunately turned around on this occasion due to time constraints.
This is back at the beginning again. If you follow this passage back it runs out under the road and the Red Cedar Trail and feeds the river.
Go try it out! But don’t forget:
- Bring Bug Spray
- Synthetic Clothes (stay away from cotton especially when heading on this hike in the spring or summer, as this sucks up moisture. Throw on a pair of polyester running shorts and a top that you know dries quickly. You’ll most-likely get wet. And dirty.)
- Shoes are Extremely Optional (if this makes you uncomfortable, stick to shoes you can sport without socks on. Accidentally splashing into a pool and having to walk around with soggy socks could ruin your time here)
- Go When you have Plenty of Time
- Once again: Take only Pictures & Leave only Footprints 🙂