Section Hiking the Wabash Trace Trail | IA-2 to F Ave (North of Coin) | March 2022
In the month of March, we were able to get out and hike another section of the Wabash Trace Trail. This time, we drove to where we had left off right on IA highway 2, and parked at a small event center right off the highway. There wasn’t anything going on there on that Saturday morning, so we were fine parking there for a couple hours today. From here, we hiked 4.5 miles South to F Avenue, the halfway point between IA-2 and the small town of Coin.
The further we get from Council Bluffs and other bigger trail towns like Shenandoah and Malvern, the less people we see, and the more rural the surroundings become. Better yet, the further we get from towns, the more signs of wildlife that we see. In that regard, today’s hike was an exciting one!
Curtis finally found an antler shed along the path which put last year’s antler find from Lake of Three Fires to shame. It had a part chewed off which we suspect could have been a porcupine. At another point, we found a downed tree and huge pile of wood chippings, the obvious work of a busy beaver. And while stopping on a bridge to admire the Tarkio River and surrounding scenery, we spotted a coyote frolicking through an open field.
March also marked one year since we started section hiking the Wabash Trace Trail. It was enjoyable to remember our first time walking the trail, and to now feel like we’ve come “full circle” in experiencing the different seasons along the path. We now only have 4 sections to go to finish the trail!
Here is the link to our AllTrails recording for this hike.