Tonight's adventure features opportunities to see two natural areas in one evening: the Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve, and the Lansing Center Trail. We conclude our evening at Scoops, a favorite Lansing ice cream stand.
The 84-acre Edwards Preserve protects one of the rarest environments in the local region - the lake cliffs. The other salient feature of the preserve is Shurger Glen, cut by Gulf Creek, which gives rise to Portland Point. This is a forested ravine and winding gorge with breathtaking waterfalls, scenic views and rare species. The preserve was once cultivated farm land, but like much of our region, it now consists of rapidly encroaching shrub thickets and successional forest. There is old forest on, and upslope of, the lake cliffs.
After leaving the preserve, we will drive the short distance to the Lansing Center Trail, which features a number of bird boxes that are in active use by bluebirds and swallows, interpretive signage giving some history of local rail lines, local beekeeping, and the history of stone walls. A 20-foot-long footbridge built by volunteers of the Lansing Pathways Committee leads us to our final stop at Scoops.
Bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water, and insecticide. There is a bit of driving on this one, but it's worth the inconvenience. To reduce our carbon footprint and to be good neighbors to the residents of Lansing, hikers are encouraged to carpool. This will limit the number of cars parking in the neighborhood.
If you are unfamiliar with Edwards Lake Cliffs Preserve, email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will meet you at EMS promptly at 4:30 p.m. to organize the car pool and to guide you.
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