West Middleton to Park St.

Some of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails pass through fairly expansive prairie spaces. In contrast, this portion of the trail winds around, past, and under major roads in the city of Middleton. It’s a pleasantly accessible trail as a result -- easy to jump on or off at almost any point. The hike feels woodsy but not at all remote from civilization. It’s quiet, but fairly well-traveled because access is so convenient at so many points on the trail.

Much of the trail is paved; portions are loose gravel (a lingering result of catastrophic flooding about a year ago, as are the still visibly scraped-away soil sides of the hills near the path). The waters are safely within their banks now, and there are a few low-ish bridge crossings that afford nice views of the creek.

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