The pandemic has slowed down much activity in the La Crosse area over the past two years, but the city has still been able to make improvements in hiking trails through the bluffs.
Remodeled trails in the Hixon Forest were re-opened with a brief ceremony on Friday.
La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds attended the ribbon-cutting for the newly completed Miller Bluff and Bluff Pass trails, close to Highway 16. The mayor noted the amount of activity in the bluff area, with trains going past, and golfers using the neighboring Forest Hills golf course.
“Our metropolitan area is almost embedded in this incredible forest,” said Reynolds, “and as the mayor, I think of this pragmatically, like, cool, this is how I bring people to the city.”
The director of the ORA, Jed Olson, says the bluff area has been transformed a lot in the 20-plus years since the city acquired the trail property.
“This area was added to the preserve that’s Hixon Forest so that it can be enjoyed by the community and preserve some of the very special spaces that are up here and along these areas,” said Olson.
About two dozen vehicles filled the limited parking lot at the trailhead for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miller Bluff.