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