There were some beautiful blooming flowers at the start of the trail which grabbed my attention immediately.
The trail quickly entered the deep woods and it was a very pleasant walk with the early morning sun streaking through the trees.
I soon heard the sounds of flowing water nearby. I followed a footpath off the trail leading down a steep embankment to Washout Creek. There was minimal water, but enough to create a couple of very small falls.
I did a couple of the loop trails through the woods and eventually to the completely dry tributary of Whitetail Creek on the eastern part of the preserve. The humidity was really picking up, leaving me sweating badly and seeking relief, so I decided to move on to my next destination.
And my next destination was the Southern Adirondacks in the town of Caroga. I knew of a fire tower on Kane Mountain which offers splendid views of Canada Lake below and some of the Southern Adirondacks peaks. The parking area was in the woods off of a secondary road, so it took some effort to find it, but I eventually did. The trail is relatively short, but moderately steep most of the way. I passed a couple of other hikers along the way, but the forest was mine other than that. I was really working up a good sweat climbing this mountain, but I knew the pay off would be worth the effort. After a little over half a mile I arrived at the tower.