5:27P.M. for 21 minutes
Temperature: 57° F
Gateway Regional Park sits near the City of Fairfax Connector Trail, which winds through a significant chunk of this otherwise built-up land of condos and restaurants.
I arrived after two days of heavy rains, to find the park itself quite badly flooded. The park itself is basically a picnic area; nice enough but tiny for hiking purposes.
Fortunately, a short walk north on Pickett Road takes the hiker to the Connector Trail. I couldn't go far, but I could tell a few things:
1) It connects several parks.
2) It hasn't been maintained in ages. Beware uneven pavement and trash. I'd be afraid to walk it at night, too.
Still, it's a useful option if you live in the area.