Soon, I picked up a wide, jeep trail(marked as the Valley Trail on the map), which passes by a picturesque beaver pond.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Located in the town of Thurman, the 850 acre Dippikill Wilderness Retreat is a hidden gem right before your eyes in the southern Adirondacks. The retreat is operated by SUNY Albany's student association and is the largest student-owned natural preserve in the country. Luckily, the retreat's trails are open to the public and have much to offer. I decided to pay the camp a visit this afternoon on a tranquil mid winter day. I stopped by the camp office on Dippikill Road to sign in and pick up a trail map and then parked in the first parking lot, which provides access to the blue blazed Cross Trail. I donned my snowshoes and headed out, passing by the scenic retreat's offices and horse stable.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
While out running some errands after work this afternoon I decided to do a short walk in the Albany Pine Bush-Rapp Barrens section. I parked in the small parking pull off along Lincoln Ave(Rapp Road North) and grabbed a trail map at the informative kiosk.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
With a small window of time after work I opted to head south to hike a tiny sliver of public land up the south slopes of 3040 foot West Cave Mountain in the Catskills. West Cave Mountain is far better known for its north facing slopes which form part of the Windham Ski Area. I started from a small unmarked parking area off of Goshen Street in the town of Jewett, where NYC watershed land provides access via an old tote road. Elevation at the parking area is 2030 feet. With rain knocking on the doorstep, I quickly threw on my jacket and headed up the old road, with only an inch or two of snow on the ground.
Monday, February 4, 2019
The forecast called for a very mild winter day with abundant sunshine, so I took advantage and headed north to do a snowshoe hike in the Tongue Range of the Lake George Wild Forest. My goal for the day was to summit Brown Mountain and then drop down to a long set of ledges on the east slopes of the peak, facing Lake George. I parked at the north parking lot for the Tongue Range(the Deer Leap Trailhead) on Route 9N and laced up my snowshoes to head out. It was already close to 40 degrees when I started, at an elevation of 1065 feet.
NE views towards Spruce Mountain with even more of the incredible ledges visible below.
I continued east through deep, softening snow before finally arriving at the breathtaking ledges that ring much of the east slopes of the peak.Hard to beat the commanding views across Lake George towards Black Mountain. To the left(north) is Elephant Mountain, with Sugarloaf peeking out behind
South views towards Five Mile Mountain from the ledges. The cliffs were quite extensive and allowed for much exploring.
Although the snow was deep and mushy in the woods, the open ledges were bare in spots. I wandered around for quite a while, checking out the multitude of views to be had.