Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hiking the Hass Tract in La Crosse, Wisconsin

When we were walking around La Crosse yesterday, we found the visitor information center along the Mississippi River was open. We looked around inside a bit and I found some information about hiking and canoe trails. The brochure that I grabbed for the Hass Tract, a Mississippi Valley Conservancy property, seemed interesting.

We began our hike in beautiful fall weather on this quiet Sunday morning. The trail immediately started a climb up to a ridge.
Noelle on the trail
There were a few broken views through the tress up on top of the ridge, but the views mostly led out across the sprawl of Wal Mart and other big box stores. Soon enough we came to a section of the property that approached private property.
MVC sign
Here the trail made a sharp right turn which we followed to an opening created by a power line cut. There were views of the surrounding city, bluffs, and power lines.
view of bluffs
At the end of the trail was a bench which Noelle and I rested on for a short time
Noelle relaxing
before heading back down the trail.

It was a short hike of about 2 miles round trip. Since we had some time, we decided to head over to the Turtle Stack Brewery for some beers,
before lunch and running some errands in Onalaska.

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