We love Leaders Park. It’s almost completely wooded, so not many ugly, hot clearings like many of the state parks. The whole understory is buckthorn, but it’s maintained by a biking group, not the city or state. Maybe that’s why it feels so good, Parks and Rec isn’t in there killing everything all the time. Small, and audible interstate traffic, but close to home and my 4-year old is very partial to these trails. This is the only park at which we hike that he feels an instinct to run. Great job F.A.S.T.

Edibles and usefuls: mushrooms, nettle, garlic mustard, a few gooseberry, a couple grapes,and buckthorn (laxative). Large trees are mostly cottonwood, maple, boxelder, and ash.