Vista Trail: Rouge Park

The appropriately named Vista Trail starts in a meadow just north of Twyn Rivers Drive:

There are many lovely Red Pines here:

Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)

The trail quickly heads up a steep slope:

The trail then passes through a Sugar Maple forest:

Some of the maples have “crown gall” growths:

crown gall on Sugar Maple

There is Christmas Fern here; called this because it is still green at this time of year:

Christmas Fern

also many Hemlocks:

Hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis)

Hemlock cone (Tsuga canadensis)

Pileated Woodpecker drilling in Hemlock

views of the forest and sky:

the “smiling” leaf scar of White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

a common sight on trails:

carpet of Red Oak leaves:

some plants in winter:

Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)

Barberry (Berberis)

Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis)

Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)

views of the Rouge River:

Miles Hearn





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