Valentine Hike Cancelled

Hello Innsbrook Nature Lovers,

While not much ice and snow fell last night, it was enough to make the roads and trails truly dangerous. We were out on them early this morning for Kyp’s walk. While sections of the trail thru the forest are only modestly icy, other sections that use Konstanz Road and can’t be avoided are treacherous.

For that reason we have cancelled the Nature Group hike today and cannot recommend you do it on your own. We personally may still walk a short section north from the Konstanz Trailhead around 1 pm – especially if the sun breaks out early afternoon to melt some of the ice – but we are well prepared with snow shoes, ice Yak Trax for our boots, hiking poles, and have a very short drive to the trailhead.

The bonus is that curling up with your Valentine – both two and four-legged –  in front of a fire on a wintry afternoon at Innsbrook is still hard to beat!

Don’t forget the annual winter bird count is this next week. Read more in our recent newsletter at https://ibknature.com/newsletters/winter-2018-newsletter/ .

Rich & Kath

Valentine Nature Lover’s Hike 2018

Take a Valentine Nature Lover’s Hike this Sunday 

OR

Take Our Survey on Why You Love Nature at Innsbrook! 

Show your love of Nature – and work off that big Valentine date meal – by joining us for a small group winter hike this Sunday, February 11, at 1 pm. We plan to meet at the Lake Konstanz trailhead and head off to the north for a counterclockwise trip around the 1.8 mile trail.  This hike takes about an hour with a good pace as it passes through a pine forest that is magical in the winter snow, then crosses the Lake Konstanz Dam overlooking Lake Alpine where bald eagles are often sighted, and finally through relatively undisturbed forests that much wildlife calls home.

The Lake Konstanz trailhead is located near the Stracks Church Road exit with ample parking around the mailboxes. Learn more about this trail, along with a map, on the Innsbrook Resort’s website at Konstanz Trail.

Valentine Nature Lovers Hike 2015

We chose this particular trail because the winter weather forecasted this week may make trails located off icy gravel roads more difficult to access. If Konstanz Trail becomes too snowy or icy in spots, there are several locations to bail out and walk back to your vehicles on a paved road. Remember that there’s no shame in enjoying just the first half of the hike on relatively flat ground, then returning to your warm car!

Please dress appropriately for winter weather and bring your own water as it is easy to become dehydrated in the dry cold winter as is in the hot summer. A hiking pole or sturdy stick is recommended. We’ll bring the Valentine sweet treats and hot chocolate!

Your four-legged hiking companions are welcomed if they are socialized with groups, including other dogs, and of course are kept on a leash.

Winter 2016 Hike Overlooking Frozen Lakes

Just a reminder that this is not an Innsbrook Resort sponsored event nor are we a formal club, so the decision to participate is at your level of comfort. In case of severe winter weather the group hike may be cancelled so check back here for the latest news.

Can’t make the hike? Then just tell us why you love experiencing Nature at Innsbrook. Leave a note in the comment field below or send us an email to info@ibknature.com. We’ll share the results in our Spring newsletter.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Rich & Kath