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Best Winter Hikes

A hiker walking on a path
November 19, 2013
Walking the 1,700 acres of woods is a year-round pursuit at the Arb where every hiker has his favorite season. You might see a deer walking in the background or catch a fabulous view from the top of a hill.
 
A favorite pick: The 1.49-mile East Side Loop Trail 4, located in the East Woods. Watch Mary explain her pick on YouTube.

 

  • Looking for a View? Scramble up Joy Path, off the West Side Main Loop 2, and inhale the fresh air and wooded slopes from the patio of Thornhill Education Center.

 

  • Ambitious? Hike the West Side Main Trail Loop 2, a 1.37-mile trail that swings around Lake Marmo before veering onto Hemlock Hill and up Spruce Hill. There, you will feel like you have entered a mystical evergreen forest.

 

  • ​Step out in snow shoes. When you're deep in the woods, it's hard to believe you are only a short distance from Interstate I-88.  Through March (and when there’s at least 4” of snow), you can bring your own snowshoes or cross-country skis or rent them to explore 3.5 miles of groomed trails and winter wonderland.

 

  • A quick breath of fresh air. Take a chummy stroll with friends or family around Meadow Lake (right outside the Visitor Center). Twice around and you have gone more than a mile on this 0.6 mile loop.