Walking around Nederland, we were recommended to check out Mud Lake, one of the many hiking trails in the area. There was a small dirt road leading to the trail that we actually drove right past the first time, so this was not a trail that is easy to stumble upon.
This is a relaxing hike, as the trails are easy and very short (only about 2 miles if you cover all the trails). Much of the ground here is 1.7 billion-year-old Boulder Creek Granodiorite, a type of rock similar to granite. If you look closely as you are walking you can see the shimmer of the rock beneath your feet.
It was originally believed that Mud Lake was created due to a meteor impact, but a study later concluded that it was more likely created by human hands. I don’t know about you, but I’d say this big ‘ol hole looks like a small meteor could have hit it. Or maybe it was caused by a bear? Any nature enthusiasts want to shed some light on this?
Mud Lake is now protected as a wildlife preserve, and no swimming, boating, or fishing is allowed on the lake. This made it an extra special place to sit and feel the warm sun while watching a duck take a bath. You may come across a few other hikers, bikers, or runners along the trails, but for the most part it is generally a secluded and peaceful area. It’s always nice to spend some time away from the crowds and enjoy nature for a while.
Where are your favorite places spend time with nature?