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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Keleher Preserve(Albany County)

Took Bella out for a nice walk to the Keleher Preserve, near the New Scotland-Berne town line, on a pleasantly cool, windy June afternoon.  Parking is located on the east side of gravel Gulf Hill Road.
 Entering the preserve just past the kiosk and trail register.
 Several small wooden platforms help keep your feet dry during wet periods.
 I followed the white marked trail as it swung southeast.  A steeper section(not that steep), has a rope to clutch for leverage.
 The white trail soon lead to a blue marked trail, which I took past stone walls.
 The blue marked trail drops east down and follows the very edge of the escarpment north.
 Eventually, a red marked trail breaks away to the right of the blue trail and soon leads to a nice viewpoint to the east.
 A great view from the clearing in the treeline.  Views all the way towards Vermont's Green Mountains are possible on a clear day.
 The steep drop off near the red trail.
 Looking directly down at the clearing along the escarpment.
 The red trail quickly meets back up with the blue trail, which I followed to the next trail junction.  Here, I took a right(north) onto the white marked trail which heads directly to the northern edge of Wolf Hill's escarpment. Here is the bend at the northeast edge, with the steep drop off only a few feet away.
 Arriving at a road crossing along the white trail. 
 After the road crossing, I resumed following the white trail through the peaceful but very windy woods.
 Passing a small ravine on the way back.
 Where forest types meet. 
I walked 3 miles RT, mostly staying along the perimeter of the preserve, on a cool(by June standards) spring day.

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