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Friday, May 8, 2015

Nine Corner Lake/ Jockeybush Lake(Adirondacks)

Got out for a couple of short hikes in the southern Adirondacks after work on another unseasonably hot day.  Started off at the Nine Corner Lake trail, located in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest.  This is a very popular trail with two large pull off parking areas off of Route 29A, just past its intersection with Route 10.  The trail head is located on the north side of the road and quickly passes a kiosk and trail register.
 The trail is wide and well worn and a snowmobile corridor in the winter.
 There are a couple of snowmobile bridges that cross a small stream.
 After just shy of one mile of hiking and gaining 294 feet, you will arrive at picturesque Nine corner Lake.
 There were many people enjoying the lake today.  Several teens were swimming and there were even a couple families soaking up the hot sun, evidence that this is certainly a family friendly hike.

Returned back the same way I came for a total of 1.9 miles RT.
 After leaving Nine Corner Lake, I drove about 20 minutes north up Route 10 to the Jockeybush Lake trail, which has a small pull off on the west side of the road.  This trail was the polar opposite of Nine Corner Lake, as I was the only car here, so I would enjoy the solitude of the woods alone.
 Spring is a little slower to catch up in the Adirondacks, but found this wildflower along the trail.
The blue marked trail crosses  Jockeybush Lake's outlet stream here and then follows the stream all the way to the lake.
 Bright afternoon sun shining on the trail.
 Several yards off the trail, you will see a very nice looking cascade on the outlet stream, dropping about 8 feet.
 After 1.1 miles along somewhat muddy trails I arrived at Jockeybush Lake.
 A large rocky area along the east side of the lake looks like it makes a nice camping spot with a large fire pit and nice views.  I followed both sides of the shoreline for a distance, soaking in the peaceful quiet of the lake.
 Completed the 2.2 mile RT hike for a total of 4.1 miles on a very warm May afternoon.
After leaving Jockeybush Lake, I stopped off at a relaxing pull off along the West Branch of the Sacandaga River for a while, enjoying the amazing views.

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