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  1. Craig
    I decided to take an early morning hike up Poke-O-Moonshine mountain. I'm not one to typically hike in the summer as I generally spend my summer months camping, and going on shorter walkabouts. However, the mornings have been really unseasonable cooler these last few days so I opted to get a hike in. I hadn't hiked Poke-O in awhile and wanted something nearby.
    I was on the trail at 06:28 with a nice cool temperature of 58 degrees, zero bugs. Perfect hiking weather under a blue sky. The trip from the new trail head is just over 4 miles round trip (4.1). We took our time and enjoyed the cool, shady, and quiet trail. My GPS logged 2275 max elevation. My total trip time which included my break on the summit and a few in between was 3:24. That number is subjective as everyone hikes differently. But it gives a general time frame.
    I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of trail maintenance work that has since been completed. There was some trail hardening done in a few areas, added stairs that were new, and it seems like a couple of reroutes that occurred as well. Thankful for the work of the trail crews.
    Misty and I enjoyed a half hour on the summit to ourselves before heading back down.
    The only item that stood out for me was the wooden stairs just below the summit. While the intent is to help with erosion and hikers, the tread spacing is not convenient, may even be dangerous. While I navigated them on my way up, I couldn't help but remember Jerry Lewis, the actor, as I stumbled and tripped my way up. The rise of each step is no more that 3 inches which makes it difficult to use.
    Still a great day with excellent views.
  2. Craig
    I had started this hike a bit late about 10 AM. I initially was going to do an out and back from the parking lot area in St. Huberts. This would eventually change and I decided to hike it clockwise. Shortly after signing in, the trail immediately starts the climb up eventually easing to a gradual climb through a mix of hard and soft woods. I kept seeing fresh deer tracks along the way, obviously pushing the deer as I gradually made my way up to a point around 2600 feet where she finally revealed herself. She was about 30 yards away, and I tried to make a video of her, but it turned out very grainy.   The climbing gets steeper at this point and along the way you start to see nice views of Giant mountain becoming more and more prominent. At one point I  came out of the woods to an open ledge that was like an amphitheater seating to the Giant of the valley. From this point the trail led back into the woods which was made up of pine and cedar trees. This area was moderately steep, but easy climbing with a good base below my feet.  There were areas with ice below the snow, but the ever changing temperatures before made for some nice traction. I had put on my snowshoes just after signing in, for no other reason than to take advantage of the televators, micro-spikes would have worked fine in lower elevations, but at around 2600 feet snowshoes were needed  with 4-6 inches of powder. As I continues up I ran into a head-wall at about 2800 feet, which has some really cool looking ice-flow coming off of it. My pictures really did not do it justice. In another 100 feet of elevation I thought I had reached the partially open summit, only to realize I had a bit more hiking to do. With a quick down and up in elevation I was finally at the summit and the spectacular views of the Lower Great range, Dix and Hough mountains, along with Giant, and Noonmark mountain.   After about a half hour on the summit I dropped down to the Dix trail making my way back to the dirt road that leads to the Ausable Inn road, eventually signing out at the Round Mountain register.   I did not see  another soul all day which was quite surprising. I had expected at the least to meet traffic coming up to Round from the Dix trail. I guess it is true, Round mountain sees very little traffic.   I did this hike clockwise from St Hubert's parking area.   Two areas of blow-down. Elevation: 3100 ft
    Ascent: 1820 ft
    Distance: 4.9 miles  
  3. Craig
    I had first heard of this hike while looking through a friends Facebook photos when I came across a post of this same hike (Surprise!). I did a little bit more digging and found another post on my favorite hiking forum, it's an older post but it had a bit more information. I was surprised at how long it has been available to the public.
    I knew it was a short hike based on what I had read. The sign at the trail head said it was 1.5 miles to Clements Pond, however I assume that is to the edge of the pond. When you add in the distance beyond that, that goes out on what seems like a peninsula, it was more like 2 miles. Someone can correct me if I am wrong on the distance. In any event it is a nice hike through mostly hard woods on a gradual uphill to about 1700 feet, where it then heads down towards the pond. There are some switchbacks along the way that make it even easier on the legs.
    Once I reached what appeared to be the end of the trail I found a fire pit (unofficial campsite), and a boat upside on the shore. I cannot imagine carrying that up there. While taking a quick break I could hear some young children coming from across the pond. After a quick snack we were soon on our way back, and had reach one of the lookouts on the pond, before the family of 4 came walking by. Seeing this young family reminded me of my earlier days of hiking with my son.
    Again on our way up from the pond we came upon a couple who advised us there were a small group of people carrying canoes up. This seems quite the effort to me, but I would think it would be very relaxing on the pond in a canoe or kayak. Sure enough I ran into the group of 3 around 1700 feet as they made there way up. "Hardcore" I said as they chuckled. We exchanged pleasantries and were each soon on our way. We continued our way down to the tail head, crisscrossing the brook uninterrupted.
    What a beautiful hike that I would think would be a nice place on a hot summers day, as the trail would be under a canopy of leaves. This would be fun to snowshoe in the winter as well. The trail head parking lot is located off Styles Brook rd in the town of Keene, New York. It is small, probably worse in the winter assuming it is plowed.
  4. Craig
    Well, I figured since I couldn't make the meet up hike on January 16th with a group from ADK Fire Tower page, and I really didn't want to get out of a nice warm bed on the 15th, today was the day to do something.

    I have been working some odd shifts at work this week and it has allowed me time off during the week to hike with my son, who was also off today as well, so it was a win-win situation.

    The trail-head to Spruce Mt. was easy enough to get to. Its about a 2.5 hour ride from Plattsburgh. The forecast was for overcast to partly cloudy today, with little to no breeze. The temps were expected to be around 40 degrees, which is crazy for January weather.

    The trail was a hard pack all the way to the top. We gave the snowshoes a free ride and wore micro-spikes the entire way with no issues, I suspect that will change as this week is going to be unusually warm for this time of year.

    The trail was easy to follow, and was an easy incline the entire way. We left the truck at 10:30 and took our time, arriving at noon.

    A quick 30 minutes and we were back at the truck.
  5. Craig
    This trail head is elusive as it is not marked with a sign, nor is there a register to sign in at. Living so close to this trail I had taken time earlier in the year to scout out where exactly the trail head was. I prefer to know where I am going on the day of a hike, than have to take the time looking around for it (wasting time) that morning.

    I did find some information on the hike online at lakechamplainregion.com. This was helpful and was a good starting point for locating the parking area, as it is directly across the street from 4525 Route 22, which is just north of Willsboro, and south of the Highlands Rd.

    This is a pretty neat hike following an old jeep trail, up to a certain point. From the point it veers off the jeep trail, the trail itself from this point is craggy as you climb up along to the mostly open ridge. I found the trail easy enough to follow as it is not a marked trail. The hike is all gradual with a brief section that gets moderately steep for a short period.

    Brought all 3 dogs today, and they had no issues.

    We started at 7:28am from the parking lot taking our time to let the dogs run and play, we averaged around 1.5 mph. Arrived at the summit at 8:23am for a brief visit as the black flies were out in force. After a quick visit and photo opportunity we returned to the truck at 9:16.

    Our total trip was an hour and 48 minutes,
  6. Craig
    This is a quick and easy hike, just what I was looking for today as I had a lot of other things to get done, but still wanted to get out and hike. This literally took all of 15-20 minutes to summit from the road. Not to mention that today, was a bluebird day that really made this hike rewarding as it was quick, and offered fantastic views of the high peaks and green mountains of Vermont.

    According to topo maps this is only a little over 1750 feet, however as mentioned earlier, the views are spectacular. The trail is nothing more than a dirt/gravel road that goes up to radio towers that are on the mountain. A short, less than half mile walk along the road with an overall elevation gain of 137 feet, very gradual.

    This is a nice walk for a family. Parking for this hike is on the side of the road (Dalton Hill Road)(County Route 70). The trail-head, is a small DEC sign near a metal gate on the west side of the road, just as you crest the hill. There is no sign-in register.

    I even got to try out a new photo opportunity with the summit surveyor pin (stole the idea from someone) .
  7. Craig
    This was a really neat hike. As with most hikes there is always something neat that is discovered on the adventure, to me it was the awesome views. I had traveled from Plattsburgh south, down to this hike. While its easy to get to, it is on the east side of Lake George which takes a little bit of navigating to get to. I'm sure there was a better way to get to it, but I took the north-way south to exit 28, then Route 74 to Route 22 south to the junction of Washington county Route 6. If I remember correctly there was a sign at that intersection stating to turn there for Black Mountain, then again about 5 miles further at the intersection with Pike Brook road. The trail head was a mile from Route 6 on the left.

    When I arrived at the trail-head there was only one other vehicle in the lot. As I was getting ready, another car pulled in, a young couple with a dog. They signed in and quickly were off and hiking, that would be the only time I would see them.

    I signed in at the register, threw on my pack, grabbed the dogs, and we too were on our way. We had the trail and mountains to ourselves today. I would not see another person until we got down off the mountain near the first junction.

    The trail was made up of snow and ice, from less than 1 inch at the start, to 4-5 inches at most up top. There was no need for snowshoes, however micro-spikes proved to be beneficial as it allowed me to move freely without worrying about slipping. I find this very helpful on the decent.

    The entire trail was gradual in elevation gain, nothing to steep. I can't help but think this would be an awesome mountain to snowshoe. From what I could gather the summit is just over 2600 feet, with an elevation gain of about 1200 feet, and that is spread out over 2.5 miles. This was a beautiful 5 mile round trip hike. If I had more time I would have done the loop, maybe I'll snowshoe that next time.
  8. Craig
    I was feeling lazy today. My initial plans were to hike Spruce Mt. with some friends, but just didn't want to get out of bed this morning. So I texted them to see if they too would rather hike Rattlesnake Mt. in Willsboro. They were feeling lazy also, so we hemmed an hawed on a few different hikes. Long story short it was just me and the pups, and we headed out to Point Au Roche State Park.

    This is a very popular area all year long. I was surprised to have only run into two other people on the trail. This was nice because it allowed me to run the dogs off leash, and when I seen another person recalled them until the other hiker passed by.

    All three pups came with me today, which is good as typically Hattie feels left out when we hike a mountain. Hattie is nursing knee surgery from last summer, and I'm taking it easy with her.

    We went out on the point taking the orange trail, following the rim all the around.

  9. Craig
    Loon Lake mountain is reported not to see a lot of foot traffic, and therefor seldom mentioned. I think this has changed this year, as I have seen a lot of trip reports recently on this hike, and it is a beauty of a hike too.

    The information at http://www.cnyhiking.com states the hike is just under 6 miles round trip. The entire hike is an easy grade, except for the last mile which is where you gain alot of the 1651 feet of elevation in the hike. The trail climbs a total of 1200 feet in that last mile. It may be daunting for some, but it makes for some great butt sliding on the way down in the winter.

    The trail was easy enough to follow, one needs to just pay attention at the various intersections along the way. As I said earlier its a gradual elevation gain until you cross over the last foot bridge. Along the way we seen either old deer rubs or moose. It was also kind of neat to still see the old telco poles that I assume brought either phone or the ability for telematic communication to the tower.

    As of today the trail is packed out nicely with the traffic it has seen, and hikers wearing their snowshoes. We wore snowshoes the entire way.

    We started at 9am and took our time arriving at the summit just before noon. The trip out is always faster, especially when you can butt slide down. We were back at the truck just before 2pm.
  10. Craig
    I had wanted to hike this for quite some time. In fact, I had tried a few years ago in the winter, with no success. Today was forecasted to be a nice day early on, then overcast with rain later. I was able to get the hike in before the rain, without any problem.

    I was hoping to get some company on this hike, and I had reached out to a couple local friends but they were scheduled to be out of town. I had then resigned myself to a solo hike, not a big deal as I generally solo anyway. Well, I didn't expect one of my buddies from Washington D.C. to be up in the area, so when I found out, I asked if he was interested. We made tentative plans on Thursday night, to hike Saturday morning. We both agreed on a start time of 7 a.m. and I would pick him up.

    Friday night he texted me that he would meet me at the trailhead instead as something came up. He would hike up behind me, catch up on the trail and hike back out together.

    I had resigned myself that I would be hiking alone and prepared accordingly.

    I got to the parking area around 8 am. The parking lot was empty, how lucky could I be to have this trail to myself? I did have two of my dogs with me, Dingo and Misty, so technically I wasn't alone. I no sooner got out of my truck and started getting ready, when a small car with Quebec plates pulled up. It wasn't anyone I knew but was three young ladies who were also going to hike Jay mountain. It didn't take them long to pass me on the trail. Oh to be young again.

    I left the truck and signed in the register and on the trail at 8:12 am. For the most part, the trail was in pretty good shape for spring like conditions. There were minimal areas that had water covering the trail, but nothing that couldn't be managed by stepping around. In fact, the trail was mostly dry, with a few areas of mud, and some sections had ice (the ice that was present was on the upper sections on the ridge) but it too was manageable.

    It was a bluebird day for most of the day. The clouds really didn't start coming into play until later in the day, say 1-2 o'clock.

    I made it as far as the second to last outcropping at which point I decided to turn around. I was running low on water, and today was a day you really needed to have it. It was a breezy day, temps in the upper 60-lower 70's. I was very pleased with what I accomplished.

    On my way back I ran into a couple of small groups heading up. There were a couple guys from Toronto that took a fancy to my dogs, asking questions on the breed, etc. They mentioned there was a couple back on Jay mountain that was waiting for me. They described them, and I was happy to hear that Justin did make it, and brought his lovely girlfriend too. I soon was on my way and came upon them laying on the rocks enjoying the day. We had a nice visit while I re-hydrated and they snacked. Soon we continued on our way back to the parking area. Justin was a sport too, as he lightened my load for me.

    We laughed and talked about past hikes, and soon found ourselves at the trail register.

    We were back at the parking area at 2:04 pm

    A beautiful warm day in the Adirondacks.

    My GPS logged 7 miles, my average speed was 1 mph, total elapsed time of 7h01min.
  11. Craig
    Took a nice little walk about in this area with Snickers and Bushwacker. I had never been to the area, even though it is almost in my back yard. I knew of the area through work, just based on the resources I had sent into it for fires and lost hikers, but never myself hiked in.

    I was surpresed at the size of the structures that are built in there. The "Million Dollar Dam", and the Skeleton Dam are huge projects that were built about a 100 years ago. There certainly is a lot of history in the Miner Project, and look forward to going back and doing some more exploring.

    It is very easy hiking, all gradual incline. The trails are shared with ATV and snowmobiles, however we did not see another soul the entire day. We had a nice hike in, sat around Chasm Lake and had lunch. Next time we'll scope out the fire tower.  
  12. Craig
    This is a nice little hike at .9 miles to the summit. Deciding later in the day to hike this turned out to be a good option. The trail surprisingly was well drained and somewhat dry, given the recent rains we have had. It seems like there has been some trail work done, at least it seemed that way compared to my last visit several years ago to this mountain.
    The trailhead is on the left about a half mile south of the Douglas Campground on the Silver Lake road. It is a small trail head and not much room for parking. I arrived around 230pm and there were 4 cars in the lot, room for one more (me), and that is about it. With the way the shoulders are on the main road (Silver Lake Road), not very practical to park on the side of the road.
    Its a short walk to the trail head register, from there it begins a gradual uphill for about a half mile before it gets a little steeper for the last .4 miles to the summit. The trail is made up of rocks (mostly buried under freshly fallen leaves),  roots (wet and slippery), and areas of ledge and bedrock which provides nice traction. There are several lookouts to take advantage of as you climb.
    I was surprised with the amount of people out this late in the day, and on a Sunday at that. We (the dogs and I) would have company all day. Glad to finally get back out on the trails.
  13. Craig
    Dingo and I took a walk in the Deer Pond Loop Trail located outside Tupper Lake, NY. There are three points to access the trail (off route 3, route 30, and the old Wawbeek road). We (Dingo and I) started from the route 30 entrance around 8:30.
    We did the hike in a clockwise direction, for no particular reason. Knowing what I know now I would do it the same way next time. It was relatively flat easy-going for the first 3 to 4 miles, or until we turned off of the old Wawbeek road onto a fairly new looking trail. The only obstacle we ran into was water over the road due to a beaver dam. This was easily enough averted by throwing down a few fallen logs to use as steps.
    Once we turned off of the old road we begin to climb what was mostly rolling hills through very thick balsam and pine.  The trail was somewhat dry through this area. There were a few bridges and Board walks that helped get us through some wet areas till we got to the first marsh or pond (not sure of the name), which is on the left before Deer pond.
    Once we got past that body of water it was a gradual uphill until we reached Deer pond/Lead pond junction once there we took a break for lunch.  From this point it was more rolling hills and we worked our way back down to the height of land where it was walking through a bog, made up of mostly soft woods and a lot of peat moss, absolutely beautiful. There were various species of trees (cedar, balsam, pine) which I enjoyed as I meandered my way back to where we originally came in from.
    Once at the junction I turned left and headed back over the bridge taking the trail back out to the truck. It was a nice 7.9 mile hike that could easily be snowshoed or cross country skied (for the experienced skier for the section from Wawbeek road to the junction with Lead pond). The entire loop is labeled for skiing, however.
    I certainly enjoyed the loop and found it absolutely beautiful. I was very surprised that we had never seen any wildlife. We did seem to flush a few Ruffed Grouse along the way, and on our way back to camp seen a red fox terrorizing a group of turkeys.
    I look forward to returning and exploring the trail out to lead pond. 
  14. Craig
    While camping at Meacham Lake State campground, my pup Dingo and I, hiked Debar Mountain. We had started from the trail-head at 9:30 AM. Soon after signing in  we were off. The trail starts out very easy walking, following along what must have been a jeep trail at one time, and now appears to be a snowmobile trail in the winter. It is very easy walking well past the junction to go left to Debar mountain, or going right towards Debar Meadows and onto County Route 26. From here there basically is not much climbing for awhile, then it becomes gradually uphill eventually arriving at the Leanto. The trail was wet in sections up till now, but nothing that cannot be managed by rock hopping through.
    From the Leanto the trail gets steeper and wetter as you are climbing up through drainage at times. Just past the leanto are the remnants of the foundation on your left, not sure if it was a Rangers cabin or some other building. One could easily miss it if not paying attention.
    From there the real climbing begins and the trail gets steeper, to the point you gain several hundred feet in a short distance. It is a short distance but the mountain makes you work for the summit.
    We arrived at the summit about 1230 and enjoyed a nice break. We didn't have much for views but still enjoyed the hike. We had our lunch, took some pictures, and noticed several anchor bolts at the summit that’s reported to have been a transmitter site and/or a fire tower. There was an old  surveyor mark or pin. I'm sure there is a lot of history on this mountain, and I had found some here.
    The return trip down to the Leanto was uneventful. Much care was given to the footing as it had been a wet day, and slippery. The slide that we came to probably halfway from the Leanto gives an idea of the steepness of the trail. I would think this section could be a challenge in the winter.
    We arrived back at the Leanto at 1:40 took a short break, verified the outhouse worked.
    The rest of the hike back to the trail-head was uneventful arriving at 3 PM. 
  15. Craig
    Derek and I hiked this November 21, 2010. Noonmark is one of the higher mountains in the Adirondacks and is part of the Adirondack 100-highets peaks. The views from its summit are outstanding! a

    We parked at the Saint Huberts lot, then walked up to the trail head from there.

    This 3.94 mile, round trip, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot we walked up the dirt road for around 0.25 miles to the register at the trail head for Noonmark Mountain.

    The trail starts on a private driveway for 0.2 mi. before the foot trail bears right just before a large barn at the end of the driveway. From this point the trail is moderate as it follows an old jeep road. At a bit over 0.5 miles from the trail head you will come to the intersection for Noonmark Mountain on the right. From here the trail climbs much more aggressively through a mixed forest. As you ascend, the gets more demanding and I found more rock slab under foot. The final approach to the summit is quite steep over open rock, and the views begin to show.

    The open rock summit gives you 360 degree view of the High Peaks Region.

    Elevation gain 2195'
  16. Craig
    This is a nice little hike. You can do the loop hike or as we did up and down same shorter route. The loop trip is a nice way to go down, nice and easy grade.

    The trail head is off Heart Lake at the Adirondac Loj which is at the end of the Adirondack Loj Rd, which is the first right after the ski jumps coming from Lake Placid.

    The trail descends gently from Adirondack Loj Rd down to a road next to Heart Lake. Turn right for 60 yards. and the true start of the trail to Mt. Jo. After 1/4 mile of climb, there is a junction. The Short Trail goes right while the Long trail goes straight. We took the Short Trail, its steeper and rougher. The trails meet just before the summit, so you have options going up and down. Total distance 1.1 mi. or 1.3 mi. depending on which trail is taken.
    2.6 miles round trip, Elevation is about 2876’
  17. Craig
    Tongue mountain range, Lake George
    November 6, 2011

    Brain and Cindy had invited me along on this hike. At the time I hadn't done a lot of hiking in the Lake George area, so this was all new to me.

    We went in at the Clay Meadows parking lot, that was near beside a small quarry pool. From the trail head we hiked straight up to the center of the mountain’s spine. From that trail junction, we went south over French Point which has some awesome views from its open ledge. We continued on towards Montalm Point, however we decided to drop down before First Peaks and bushwhack to the trail along Northwest Bay and take the trail back out to the trail head and parking area.

    This is a hike I want to do again.

    It was around 4 miles for the loop
    Just under 1000' of elevation gain.
  18. Craig
    November 19, 2011

    Not to be confused with the High Peak Mt. Haystack! This one is in Ray Brook and offers a friendlier climb.

    The trailhead for Haystack and McKenzie mountain is on the right, off Route 86 about 5 miles west of Lake Placid

    A pleasant walk in the woods until you cross an old man made dam. From here the trail begins a stead uphill climb until you get closer to the mountain where it becomes steep. Once you get towards the top of the shute the trail leads to an open rock face and ledge with some views. From the south facing summit there are 180 degree views of Whiteface, the High Peaks, and the Saranac Lake chain.

    Distance: 6.6 miles RT (10.6 km)
    Ascent: 1302 (397 m)
    Elevation: 2864 (873 m)

    A nice hike, with Derek.
  19. Craig
    November 26, 2011

    This was another nice outing. There are various trails, we took Lewis Clearing Bay trail, and went to Snake Den overlook. These trails were moderate grade and easy to follow.

    Essex, NY

  20. Craig
    December 1, 2012

    A group of us planned this hike one year for a New Year eve hike. I don't think any of us made the true summit. I realized this when I hiked this as I went a lot further than we did that night.

    It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to the first summit. It begins at a moderate grade as it passes under a power line, then there's a continuous climb over switchbacks for 0.8 mile, where the Beede Farm Trail comes in on the left. Going straight and work your way up a few steep steps to the first open rock. This first lookout is not the summit — that's a bit farther along the ridge. Past the summit, a lesser-used trail descends to Beede Road in Keene Valley.

    2.4 miles round trip

    770 feet of elevation gain
  21. Craig
    December 24, 2012

    I had hiked this for the first time with Cindy and Jim, eventually going back and hiking with my son.

    From the beginning the hike is along an old jeep road through conifers and eventually hardwoods once you get down near the marsh. The trail is overgrown to the width of a foot trail. The trail used to continue straight, where what is now under water, even in the dead of winter I wouldn't recommend going across the frozen marsh. The three of us did, and one of us broke through, which brought the hike to an end that day.

    The trail has been rerouted to the left to the side of the marsh eventually crosses along the bottom. Going left you will cross over a couple small brook crossings the trail continues straight through it for about 300 feet. The trail becomes very pleasant and soon climbs moderately. After swinging right and then through an attractive draw between rocky areas you will make the final approach to the summit.

    The first view you come to is not the summit, just beyond is the true summit and the best view. You will be atop a rocky ledge with the High Peaks Region right in front of you.

    4.4 miles round trip
    Elevation gain of 837’
  22. Craig
    December 30, 2012

    Beautiful snowshoeing with some nice views. This is near Elizabethtown NY.
    These trails are a system of various trails (30 of them) open to hikers, horses, bicyclists and even small recreational vehicles. The trail network is part of a local initiative to give the community and visitors a place for recreation. The land was donated to Elizabethtown by the Holst Family back in 1980’s. Many of the trails developed seem to get very light used making the narrower trails seem more like herd-paths, but are indeed marked. The terrain is a mix of hilly and flat routes with some following old woods roads leading through passes between adjoining small mounds.
    As always carry out trash and stay off wet areas to avoid trail erosion. Marker colors and shapes on the map match those on the trails. Unmarked trails may be incomplete or on private property. Though trails are used in both directions, descriptions below are one-directional.
    Enjoy, protect and share our amazing trail system!

    A casual hike in the woods with great friends.
  23. Craig
    February 10, 2013

    This was a nice little hike with Cindy and Brian. It was a surprise hike so to speak as they packed in cupcakes for the summit, and sang happy birthday to me. A beautiful little hike that has some decent views.

    Around 2.5 miles round trip
    Elevation gain of 713 feet.
  24. Craig
    March 23, 2013

    This a short hike at around 3 miles round trip. The trail is all gradual incline, at some point follows an old jeep trail for a short distance. It is an enjoyable hike meandering through conifer and hard woods until coming to Mud Pond itself.
  25. Craig
    February 15, 2014

    About 6 miles round trip from the first gate. Broke trail in snowshoes in about 6-10 inches of snow. It is well packed out now for anyone local interested in taking a nice hike. You will need four wheel drive to get to the first gate at the top of the hill. Dingo and I walked from there down through the marsh to the Ausable river and looped counter clockwise from the trestle. The only thing we saw was a rub and heard song birds. A nice little hike none the less with a 40lb pack, great conditioning.
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