Went out for a late afternoon snowshoe hike at Hand Hollow Conservation Area, located in rural New Lebanon. There are two entrances on each side of the 433 acre area. Today I entered from the quiet Gale Hill Road trail head and parking area. Trails are clearly marked and color coded.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Had the day off and the sun was out(and the wind chills weren't at dangerous levels), so I drove up to Vermont to do some hiking in the Green Mountain National Forest. My first stop was at White Rocks Ice Beds located in the town of Wallingford, a few minutes east of the village on Forest Road 52. The road is not maintained all the way during the winter, so you must park at a small pull off and walk up the road to the trail head.
After leaving White Rocks Ice Beds, I grabbed a little lunch and headed about 40 minutes away to Deer Leap, a prominent rocky ledge located almost directly across from Pico Mountain Ski Area. The rocky ledge is very noticeable from Route 4 and rises steeply above the Inn at Long Trail.
A large parking lot is located on the south side of Route 4, across from the Inn. You must be very careful crossing busy Route 4 to the trail head, which can be found at the east side of the parking lot for the Inn. It can be difficult to find in the winter time, due to the large snow banks.
Hiked 2.46 miles RT at Deer Leap for a total of 4.94 miles for the day. Even through the cold, it felt fantastic getting out there.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Got out for a short walk with Kalli at Ooms Conservation Area in Chatham on a warm(finally!) winter day.
Friday, February 20, 2015
As the sun sets on yet another cold February day, the temperatures begin to plummet through the single digits and on their way below zero tonight. Wonder how long it's going to take to melt these snowbanks at Walmart parking lot in Pittsfield, Massachusetts?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Got out of work early today and headed east to the Dorothy Rice Sanctuary for Wildlife in Peru, Massachusetts, high up in the eastern Berkshires. To locate the Sanctuary, you follow Route 143 east from Hinsdale to Peru center, where you turn right onto South Road and follow it until you arrive at the trailhead marked by a gate and sign with trail maps.
The trail continues on Rice Road past the gate, which is only open to foot traffic.
Snowshoe hiked a total of 4.9 miles on a beautiful, sunny February afternoon. Saw a few other folks out enjoying the relatively nice weather soaking in the fresh mountain air.