90 Second Escape: Wild Umstead

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Wild Umstead

Since the late 1990s, Rod Broadbelt has been leading a hike at Umstead State Park in Raleigh every month except for November (when he takes his show on the road to Raven Rock State Park). And every March, he leads his “wilderness hike,” advertised as being 98 percent off trail.

The hike is a great opportunity to see a side of Umstead you probably haven’t experienced. There’s a surprising gorge early on, a stand of impressive beech trees midway, old road beds throughout that transport you to Umstead’s pre-park past.

This year, Rod will hold his wilderness hike on March 8. It’s currently booked, but you can get on the wait list. And you may well want to after spending 90 seconds on this Wilderness Hike from two years ago.

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