A little over a week ago Kyle, Megan and Dylan decided to go mountain biking around what Megan called Syringa Hill in Sandpoint. As it turns out, this trail system is much more than just a hill with a trailhead. It starts on Pine St. and leads you through some pretty tall weeds and into Sherwood Forest which is an area of land that was actually donated by private citizens for the good of public use and recreation.
The trail system was built and is maintained by volunteers in collaboration with the Pend d’Oreille Pedalers, the International Mountain Bike Association and of course, the local land owners. The trail was beautiful and well-maintained. While the others biked, Juneau and I hiked around and took in the sights. When we finally found a trail sign pointing toward Sherwood Forest, I immediately started singing the Men in Tights song. My apologies to anyone else who happened to be on the trail that day and had to listen to me singing to Junebug.
There were several artifacts along the way – I’m guessing old farm equipment. It was cool to see the old pieces among the trees and shrubbery growing around them. Like they were just part of the landscape now.
It was hot the day we went, Juneau appreciated the shady trail and the creek we came across early on. I wish we had a little more time to go further, but because the others were on bikes I figured they’d be back at the car before us. Lucky for us they got a little turned around and we had a few extra minutes to cool off in the shade by the car. One of my favorite things to do is hike around with my furry partner in crime. It’s better when Kyle is with us too, but on this particular occasion, he needed something a bit more exciting. Darn adrenaline junkie. :)
Overall it was a really nice hike and the rest of the crew enjoyed the biking as well and said they saw a couple moose crossing a road. After doing a little research on the area, I’m looking forward to going back to do a bit more exploring, and I can’t wait to learn more about the Pend d’Oreille Pedalers and the work they’re doing up north.