Nanny Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Here’s a peaceful route deep into a dark forest that features a few clearings for long-distance views to the south, gigantic rock outcrops often topped with snow, and swift Nanny Creek, a scenic spot for a picnic. The easy course follows the forest road that bypasses McGowan Lake, steadily heading west with a handful of slight climbing bursts. With a creek, clearings, deep forest, and open forest, wildlife abounds if you’re quiet and still. Coyotes tend to trot along edges of clearings, while porcupines cling to the main trunks of conifers, high up. Deer come out late in the afternoon. The great horned owl looks like a big bundled cat, camouflaged in the evergreen boughs. Mountain chickadees flitter in the low limbs while Steller’s jays squawk and rustle noisily in the branches, sometimes causing a limb to move up and down for several seconds after they lift off powerfully. This is a good, direct route to take if heavy weather is reducing visibility, and it’s especially wonderful just after a big storm, when drifts of snow are piled onto the conifer limbs. Its easy access makes it popular on weekends with cross-country skiers."