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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Capital District Wildlife Management Area(Rensselaer County)

Located high up on the Rensselaer Plateau along the Stephentown-Berlin town line is the 4153 acre Capital District Wildlife Management Area.  Gravel Miller Road provides several different access points to parking and trails that wander throughout these vast woods. Camping is available at Cherry Plain State Park, located in the middle of the Wildlife Area.
We started at a seasonal road known as the "Jiggs Highway", which made for great snowshoe hiking. 
 This was Kalli's first time ever snowshoeing and she did a great job!
 A great day in the quiet woods.
 A deep, fresh snow pack made for perfect conditions.
 There is only slight elevation change along this section of road.
 A panorama of a serene pond along the way.
 The "Jiggs Highway" leaves Miller Road and loops through the woods for 1.5 miles.
 Our trail through the deep snow.
With an elevation of over 1700 feet, this area usually gets hit with winter pretty hard.
 Snow covered bare branches.
 Returning past the pond as skies cleared on a beautiful 30 degree winter day.
With the constant battering of snow and cold recently, a day like today felt like a true blessing.  Unfortunately we were only able to walk 1.5 miles RT due to other obligations.

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