With natural life and Westmoreland’s delightful perspectives, Beat the winter blues

The colder time of year of 2021 is taking care of business to look a lot of like the spring, summer and fall of 2020 in any event with regards to most types of face to face mingling.

In any case, one spot that has stayed ok for action all through the pandemic has been nature, and that surely doesn’t change in the colder time of year.

Westmoreland County and the encompassing region offer a large group of approaches to appreciate nature and get a little exercise or a ton of activity, contingent upon how far and how high you need to climb.

From delicate, handicap-open path to soak climbs on sloppy ground, the district has something fit to everybody, and a lot of untamed life to see en route.

An amazing perspective

“I hike all year round,” said Murrysville Recreation Director Carly Greene. “I like to go places I’ve never seen before and find new trails.”

That incorporates the colder months.

“We went to Beam Rock outside Ligonier, and there are a lot of hiking and snowmobiling trails,” Greene said.

Bar Rock Trail, in Laurel Summit State Park southeast of Ligonier, is simply under a mile, and keeping in mind that the path itself just ascents by 78 feet, the endpoint gives a view from in excess of 2,600 feet above ocean level.

Tree Summit State Park additionally has the Wolf Rocks Trail, a 4-mile circle in the Forbes State Forest. Its western end includes an all encompassing perspective on Linn Run State Park and Westmoreland County.

“I go to Wolf Rocks in the winter because it looks different in every season,” said Rusty Glessner, a photographer who lives in State College and grew up in Somerset County. “There’s fewer bugs in the winter, certainly, and you don’t have to worry about snakes or ticks. Adams Falls, nearby in Linn Run is another good one. Those are kind of my go-to spots.”

For beautiful wintertime spots, Glessner additionally suggested any of the district’s cascades, yet especially those in Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

Winter untamed life

Western Pennsylvania is important for the Atlantic as well as Mississippi flyways for transient feathered creatures relying upon what guide you’re taking a gander at and nearby stops and trails offer the opportunity to see a large number going through, as per naturalist Susan Miller of Plum.

“Winter’s a great time to see waterfowl, hawks and bald eagles,” Miller said. “After a snowstorm is a good time to look for waterfowl because it can drive them down during migration to rest in lakes or ponds.”

Species discovered locally incorporate the pied-charged grebe, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, redhead, American wigeon and American coot.

Mill operator said Ethel Springs Lakes in Derry Township is a decent spot for waterfowl.

“On Jan. 3, someone called me to say they’d observed 270 common mergansers at the Beaver Run Reservoir overlook,” Miller said. “And bald eagles are a frequent sight at the Loyalhanna Lake Dam area.”

Without the leaf front of spring and summer, a portion of the area’s raptors are all the more effectively spotted.

“Red-tailed hawks, red-shouldered hawks, Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels are more visible, and you can find them perching on telephone poles” she said.

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