Glassford Hill

Glassford Hill

The Willow Lake Trail is part of the 50-mile Prescott Circle Trail. We have previously hiked this 4.6 mile out and back trail. This flat trail starts at 5,150 feet off Willow Lake Road and ends at 5,160 feet at the underpass below Willow Creek Road where the Embry Riddle Trail that we hiked previously this fall ends. Locusts were active along most of the trail. We encountered a small brown and gray banded snake near an exit that leads to a dog park. The water level for Willow Lake was quite low. A sign points out Glassford Hill but the trees have grown such that it is not visible from that point. We were able to get good views from other spots on the trail. By checking Wikipedia I learned that in the 1880s Colonel William A. Glassford helped build a system of 27 heliograph stations to monitor the movement of Native Americans, U. S. military troops, and civilians. A heliograph is a wireless solar telegraph that uses flashes of sunlight reflected by a mirror to convey Morse code messages. It was good to “Take a Hike! on a beautiful fall day.

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