Stroud’s Run Vista …

The view of Dow Lake from Vista Point.
The view of Dow Lake from Vista Point.

The day was crap. Overcast. Cool. More March than June. Perfect day for a hike.

I drove up to Stroud’s Run, where I pulled into the trailhead at White Pine Trail, which is a spur trail connecting to Vista Point Trail. As is the case with most of the trails at Stroud’s, it’s in rough shape … but still quite serviceable. Where White Pine intersects Vista, I tool a left and headed north onto Vista Point Trail, hopping over to the Thunderbunny bike trail at one point and then back to Vista Point, which runs along a ridgeline before dropping down the opposite side into the campground. A quick walk through the campground allowed me to pick up Vista again near the amphitheater, where the Vista trailhead is.

Boulder's along Thunderbunny trail.
Boulders along Thunderbunny trail.

After climbing back up to the ridge on Vista, I came across Vista Point and a great view of Dow Lake down below. Not much wildlife was out during my late-afternoon hike, but I did encounter a few mountain bikers on Thunderbunny and a woman hiking with her lab. Finding Vista Point and checking out the campground make the hike well worth it.

The route I took during my White Pine/Vista/Thunderbunny hike.
The route I took during my White Pine/Vista/Thunderbunny hike.