A bend in the trail, wrapping around another stone wall on the way back to the parking area.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Visited the 145 acre Wilson W Powell Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Old Chatham, after work this afternoon. The Sanctuary is owned by the Alan Devoe Bird Club and protected by the Columbia Land Conservancy. From the hamlet of Old Chatham follow County Route 13 southwest, then turn left onto Pitt Hall Road for a short distance before bearing left again onto Hunt Club Road. A sign indicates the entrance to the parking lot uphill on the right.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's second community forest has recently been opened just outside the village of East Nassau at the end of gravel Hayes Road. The 353 acre property was acquired from Mary and Kevin Albert, funded by grant from the US Forest Service and a donation by the Albert family. There is no trail signage as of yet but trails are in the process of being built and flagged. I parked beside an old cabin at the very end of the road.
Retraced my steps back to the car for about 1.8 miles total at this new community forest. I believe the RPA is planning on building more trails in this beautiful, quiet corner of Rensselaer County in the near future. It is always nice to see the hard work and dedication of many volunteers coming together for all to enjoy.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Met up with my buddy Jim to do an interesting traverse bushwhack/ trail hike to a familiar mountain, but with a different twist. We both thought it would be interesting to bushwhack up the long southern ridge line of Blackhead from the Colgate Lake area and then head up and over Arizona Mountain, before dropping down to Dutcher Notch and eventually down the eastern escarpment to a spotted car. We left my car at the end of Storks Nest Road and then drove Jim's car over to Colgate Lake's second parking area to get the day started. The hike started on the yellow blazed trail through open fields with views of the surrounding peaks, at a fairly high elevation of about 2160 feet.
Jim arriving at the top of the clearing, scoping things out.
Jim really soaking in the views. This made a perfect lunch spot with a gentle breeze to keep us cool.