Hiking Around Lakes Williams and Redman

York, PA

While York is not exactly southern Utah when it comes to hiking opportunities, there are a few places where one can satisfy a hiking need to some extent.  One of those areas is William Kain County Park.  This park surrounds two small reservoirs, Lake Williams and Lake Redman, that are owned and maintained by the York Water Company to provide water to most residents of  the city of York and surrounding communities.  In the past week we visited the park three times to hike the trails surrounding the lakes.

The first day we hiked the north side of Lake Williams.  Most of the trail ran next to the lake so it was pretty flat.

The start of the Lake Williams trail

Occasionally the trail when up and down as you crossed a rise on the lake’s edge.

But most of the trail was on the edge of the lake.

At points the trail became narrow and steep, giving the old hiking legs the workout they craved.

We took a couple of side loops that went up and down a steep hill north of the lake.

Going up the hill . . .

. . . then back down to the lake

A couple days later we returned to hike the south side of the lake.  That side of the lake has more hills and some nice spots to stop along the edge of the lake.

On our third visit to the park we crossed the road by the parking area to hike around Lake Redman.  If you ever travel on I-83 south of York, you have a nice view of this lake on the west side of the highway.

We began the hike by crossing a grassy field and climbing up on the earthen dam that forms the lake.

The earthen dam holding back Lake Redman

Once on the dam, we walked across it on a maintenance road to the entry of the trail.

Across the top of the dam looking at Lake Redman

This part of the trail began on a nice level path, but quickly turned into a nice rough trail as it descended into a small stream bed.

In Utah they call this a river!

We knew that we would have to cross the interstate at some point, so we were not surprised when we came to a tunnel.  But it was a little smaller than we expected and was covered with a thin layer of water from the stream.

OK, we can do this, even when one of us (she will remain anonymous) has experience an extreme case of claustrophobia for years.  The claustrophobia has seemed to ease somewhat lately, so this tunnel would be a test of just how much!  Our first problem before entering the tunnel was the lack of light inside of it.  We didn’t have a flashlight, but an app on the phone would provide the necessary illumination.

Time to find that flashlight app

OK, lets head into the tunnel

The light at the end of the tunnel ! ! !

One hiker makes it out alive !

The second spelunker makes it out !

We both made it through the tunnel without difficulty.  Maybe this claustrophobia thing has been defeated!  But she still refuses to go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, where it all began!

On the other side of the tunnel the trail meandered up and down hills along the interstate.  So much for the quiet solitude of hiking!

Looking down at Lake Redman with a great view of a passing truck

Then looking up at the highway a little way down the trail

Taking a picture looking down the trail . . .

. . . while taking a picture looking back up the trail

To hike completely around Lake Redman you have to walk along a road at the south end of the lake that goes back to the west side of the highway.

Once across the highway you rejoin a trail leading back to the parking area.  At one point you hike next to a large sign that is visible from I-83.  We frequently drove the highway when we lived in the area (Pam passed it twice a day when she taught school) and saw the sign but we were never this close to it.

Returning to the Jeep, our GPS Hiking App told us we had hiked almost seven miles.  The variety of terrain provided a good workout as we try to keep our legs in “hiking” shape.

There are a few other parks in York County with hiking trails, so we have a few more outings in the planning stage.  More on those later . . .

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25 Responses to Hiking Around Lakes Williams and Redman

  1. Gay Taylor says:

    Gave those hiking legs a good workout! I would not have not liked the tunnel either! Too afraid of critters I can’t see!

    It’s raining here in Durango…bummer. The next 2 days its an 80 percent chance!

    • placestheygo says:

      It’s funny but I never thought of critters in the tunnel. I guess it was because the entrance was so clean. We were more concerned about the water running through it, and how deep it would get.

      Sorry your weather is so wet! Hope it dries up soon. Hiking and Jeep riding are dry weather activities

  2. Ingrid says:

    Glad to see the nimble hiker back on the trails. You have to stay in shape so you can tackle some Colorado fourteeners next summer. There’s also some great roads in the San Juan Mountains to give the jeep a good workout 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    Bet it felt really good to hit the trail again! Glad you made it through the tunnel without freaking out Pam!

    • placestheygo says:

      It felt SO good. The trails were actually a great workout. They were very rocky in many parts. Lots of trees to crawl over, roots to walk over, and enough hills. We covered 18 miles in three days…not too bad!

      I was so proud of myself going through the tunnel. I was totally fine:)

  4. I love hikes next to water. They always seem so soothing.

    I’ll say that was a steep area…wow.

    In the second hike, I love that shot of John in the picnic area. The water is gorgeous.

    No Utah jokes…please. We just got 2″ of rain and Colorado is running mad.
    Being claustrophobia wouldn’t be a problem for me; the spiders would drive me nuts.

    Egads…that sign is huge or Pam is tiny…lol

    Glad you were able to exercise the legs.

  5. Boy, do we relate about getting those hiking legs a workout! So far none for us, we are just sitting fat and happy. Its depressing.
    I dont think Ill go into the tunnel that seems moist with some surprises along the way.

    • placestheygo says:

      I guess I didn’t really think about creatures in the tunnel. The entrance was very clean (no spider webs) so I never gave it a thought. We did have the flashlight on the phone which we used mainly to keep track of how deep the water was getting. Not bad at all and no webs!

      You will get back to hiking soon I am sure. That was how we felt until last week.

  6. I wouldn’t have gone in that tunnel. Well done you! I get the Gateway Arch thing. That was a very nerve-wracking ride!

  7. colibabas says:

    Glad to see you made the tunnel Pam. Dianne has managed to successfully challenge many of her phobias since we began this lifestyle?
    Safe travels!

  8. Dave says:

    Glad you are having some weather that allows a good hike like that. Love that area around York, hope you will be in the area another month or so to see the trees turn. Would love to follow the colors down the eastern side of the country some day…from Maine on down. –Dave

    • placestheygo says:

      Dave, other than four days of 90 degrees plus a dew point in the 70’s, the weather has been perfect. And we will be here through the end of Oct. I was commenting to John that the trails we have completed should be beautiful come Oct. Looking forward to being here for the fall.

  9. LuAnn says:

    Beautiful country but definitely not Utah. Glad you have found some hiking opportunities.

  10. rommel says:

    I got lost hiking once and that seems like a hike that I can easily get lost to.
    That light at the end of the tunnel is FTW. something I wish I took picture of.

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  12. Sun says:

    the lakeside view looks so pretty and peaceful – i enjoyed your tour. ♥

  13. The “light at the end of the tunnel” photo is really cool.

  14. Paula says:

    That tunnel pic is awesome 🙂

  15. rommel says:

    I have your picture on my recent post. I hope you don’t mind. You know how much I love your tunnel pic.

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