Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze
Total Time: 0:35 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.3 Miles
I go to Kakiat fairly frequently, and especially walk around the bottom part on a regular basis. I don't include these on my blog posts, but I did include this because it was particularly scenic with the final snow of the season.
This short hike took place only several hours prior to the official start of spring. There was plenty of snow remaining from the previous week's large snowstorm, and this day was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day in the 50's. I took the opportunity to go on this short hike after work.
The snow was melting fast. I know this would likely be my last walk in the snow until the winter season comes around again at the end of the year. It was extremely wet and muddy, with some trails completely covered with flowing water from the melting snow.
I parked in the Kakiat parking lot, cross the Mahwah River bridge, and took the Old Mill Trail around the loop to the Kakiat Trail. Where the Kakiat Trail hits the Mountain Trail, I took the Mountain trail the hill to the bend, and right before the steep ascent took a spur trail on the southern edge of Kakiat, to a bird meadow, and then back around parallel to the river towards the bridge and parking lot.