|Title:||Maywood Adventure Trail|
|Date:||2/12/2021 - 3/1/2021|
|Address:||Maywood - Ellwood H. May Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Rd|
|Hours:||7:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Cost/Cover:||See details below.|
|Details:||Self-Guided Hike At A Glance|
Estimated Hike Distance: 1 mile
Terrain Difficulty: Challenging (Hills, Uneven, Winding, Narrow)
Trail Starts: At bird feeding area on the south side of the Ecology Center
Trail Ends: Southwest end of Ecology Center
Areas of the Park Used: South of Ecology Center, north of Pigeon River. Trail touches east and west park boundaries.
Trail Markings: Temporary orange flagging and some interpretive signs attached to trees.
This is not your typical hike. But, winter and its cover of snow provide opportunities that are difficult to pursue during the warmer months. Park Director, Dave Kuckuk has created a new seasonal trail specifically for hikers and snowshoers.
The trail is meandering, narrow, and often follows deer routes. This offers more protection from winter winds and capitalizes on various habitats. In some areas you will duck under branches and skirt around shrubs. The route includes uneven terrain and a few hillside trails. You will need to pay attention to what is underfoot as snow may hide a tree root or branch.
Your observation skills will be tested as you navigate the trail markings. Current markers are orange flagging attached to trees and shrubs. Orange interpretive signs can be found along the route. The trail begins at the bird feeding area on the south side of the Ecology Center. Benches here provide a convenient place to put on snowshoes. The approximately one mile trail ends at the southwest corner of the Ecology Center. A bench has been placed there to remove snowshoes.
If you are up for this adventure, you will be rewarded with seeing areas of the park that are difficult to access during summer due to heavy vegetation. You will find signs of wildlife including deer beds, and evidence of mink, weasels, and much more.
Things you will need for this hike:
• Your sense of adventure
• The ability to navigate uneven and narrow paths and maneuver over, under, around and through various habitats.
• The ability to step over groomed classic ski tracks as the hiking trail does cross the ski trail in a few locations (when the ski trails are groomed)
• Sturdy, waterproof boots or snowshoes (if there is adequate snow)
• Observation skills to follow the trail markers and enjoy the winter nature around you.
Things that may be helpful
• Hiking Poles or Poles for Snowshoeing. These can help you navigate uneven terrain or probe the trail ahead of you for uneven footing.
• Snow spikes or “Yax Trax” on your boots may provide added traction in icy areas.
• Gaiters may help keep your legs dry in deep snow conditions.
• A camera or phone. There are some very scenic areas on this hike.
• A nature journal and pencil to record or sketch the nature around you.
Things to Note
*The areas for this hike are not typically used for walking or hiking and therefore they are not marked as trails on the park map. There is no directional signage other than the temporary flagging and interpretive signs about the nature you will see along the way.
*The trail uses areas south of the Ecology Center and maple forest and north of the river.
*If you enjoy challenging, slower hikes that allow for scenic pauses and up close observation of nature, give this route a try. If you’re looking for hike that allows you to move quickly, walk two or three people across, or you’re hoping you can do this route while keeping your head buried in your cell phone screen, we suggest trying another trail option.
*Per City of Sheboygan ordinance, there are no dogs allowed at Maywood.
*Please do not walk or snowshoe on groomed ski trails. The volunteers who maintain the ski trails donate many hours of time to groom and maintain these trails so the public can use them free of charge