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.Dec 14 - PHAROAH LAKE from
end of plowing on Pharoah Lake Rd off Beaver Pond Rd. 1.1 miles
to bridge & raised boardwalk over Mill Brook, some blowdown &
wet spots along the way. Soon after the brook there was a lot of
blowdown - best to whack on SE side. Clearer trail the rest of the
way. Side-trip L just before the bridge over Pharoah Lake Outlet
to campsite with very nice view across a flow of Pharoah Mtn's cliffy W
side. Crossing the outlet on a good bridge the wide trail then
passes a lovely stretch thru hemlock woods & view of the flow to the
L. Took trail on S side of the lake to lunch at leanto #1 with
its view across the lake to Treadway Mtn. Still some open water on
the lake. Continued past double-wide leanto #2 a short distance
before turning back. Temp in mid 30s, over a foot of snow, only
sunk in 2 or 3 inches - very good skiing. Lots of snow on trees
starting to melt. Easy intermediate to the lake, intermediate on S
side trail. 10.1 miles (I did some of route twice), 5.6 hours.
Dec 25 - MOHAWK RIVER walk
from Ferry Rd, Vischer Ferry. Walked the old towpath W to the
Lock 7 dam - lots of water going over the dam after recent rains. Gore-Tex Gaiters in stock: $49.95.Dec 29 - GARNET HILL. 15k
groomed, reduced $10 trail fee - good fast skiing. Temp in
mid-20s. Used my S-Bound 88s & worked on my teles. Up to
6" hard snow off-trail. We need new snow to make bc conditions
good again. Nearby 13th Lake iced over, open water near
outlet, cool sounds as temp was dropping. Dec 27 - Snow depths - Lake Placid 6", North Creek 5", Wheelerville 2".
Dec 28 - FOREST ROAD 273 from
Rt.9 in Woodford VT, elevation ~2,100'. The snowmobile (saw none)
trail climbs moderately gaining a quick 150', crosses some trails of
the Prospect Mtn Nordic Ski Center
then slowly drops over 200' (novice). The road condition worsens
(a good thing for skiers) after about 3 miles & snowmobile use drops
off greatly. Lots of recent moose tracks & scat then I see
the guilty party, scrambled for my camera but the moose headed off thru
the woods, I followed its tracks for a while. Some wet spots but
easily avoided. Stamford Stream seen to the R, a bridge over it
leads shortly to the AT/LT. Continued for a bit on FR 273 with
meadow to the R but trail had more wet spots here so turned
around. ~8" avg hardpack, soft surface since temp had been above
freezing for over 24 hours (rain overnight). Good skiing.
Used my rock skis but good skis would have been ok. 8.1 miles, 3.5
Dec 24 (early) - Rain: bah humbug! Snow depths - Lake Placid 9.5", Indian Lake 9", North Creek 8", Wheelerville 5".Dec 21 - HELL HOLLOW BROOK from
Little Pond trailhead on Rt.9 in Woodford VT. Last autumn trip of
the year. Green Mountain NF & Glastenbury Wilderness.
Snowmobile trail to past the powerline. Unmarked path into the
wilderness area to the brook, past 3 beaver meadows/ponds & down to
bridge (closed?) that takes the AT/LT across the brook. Up then
down (& out of the wilderness area) on unmarked old logging road
around the W side of 2,726' hill (E of Maple Hill). Looped back
partly off-trail, partly on powerline snowmobile trail & partly on
another trail. Mostly excellent skiing with well over a foot of
snow, 3" powder on slightly crusty base. Elevations in
2,300'-2,600' range. Shark? 6 miles, 3.8 hours. How Werner Paddles tests their whitewater paddles: video.Dec 15 - HUYCK PRESERVE.
Wheeler-Watson trail to Partridge Path trails. Surprised to find
minimal use since the storm 5 days ago - trail broken to Loop 1 but we
ended having to break trail on Loops ! & 2, slowed us down.
Yoyoed a couple of times at glade on SW part of Loop 2. Steep drop
thru open woods to Loop 3, glad to see some old ski tracks there.
Cut Loop 3 short by skiing down the powerline. Hilly terrain,
1,600' to 1,900' elevation. 15" dense snow, temp in mid 30s,
somewhat sticky & had to reapply Maxiglide a couple of times.
Billions of snow fleas (springtails) - don't remember ever seeing them in December before, usually a late winter phenomenon. 6.3 miles, 4.8 hours.
Dec 12 - THACHER STATE PARK from
Paint Mine Picnic Area. Parking lots well-plowed - no other
visitors before 10am. 15"-20" total, powder on crunchy base - very
good skiing, trails lightly broken out, lots of bent-over trees.
Steady uphill S & Long Path to Beaver Dam Rd. Blue trail is
flat near the road but expect some good hills away from the road.
W3 Trail then R on red with good downhill then L on LP/Nature Trail,
flat thru Knowles Flats then down to bridge. Wander off-trail a
bit to get best views of cascades & waterfalls on Mine Lot
Creek. 1.5 hours.
Dec 11 - MOHAWK RIVER STATE PARK from
Lock 7 boat launch in Niskayuna. The lagoon at the boat launch is
iced over (just in case you were thinking of paddling). A quickie
before work. Up to 10" of snow, thin under hemlocks, top snow is
nice powder but there is wet snow below; some wet spots & lots of
snow-laden overhanging branches. OK skiing on Bedspring Loop &
Lock View Ridge. 9" at Adirondack Paddle'n'Pole - higher amounts
of snow can be found in the Helderbergs & Catskills.
Dec 8 - BALM OF GILEAD MOU