Weather for the week of January 31

The week of January 31st began with periods of clouds and sun on Sunday with temperatures reaching 50 degrees in Livingston Manor. The temperatures will continue to be mild on Monday with highs in the mid 40’s. Rain showers are likely throughout the day on Monday. The skies will clear on Tuesday with sun for most of the day and highs in the low 40’s. Rain will move in overnight on Tuesday and linger throughout the day on Wednesday. The highs on Wednesday will again be in the low 50’s. The rain disappear and the sun comes out on Thursday but the temperatures drop into the high 30’s. On Friday there will be sun but the temperatures will hover around freezing for much of the day. The forecast for Saturday is for more of the same but with temperatures again dipping to around 30 degrees. Despite the lack of snow in the valleys some of the trails on the 3500 peaks may be icy. The lack of snow does not indicate a lack of cold. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in winter clothing with layers that can be used to manage the changing temperatures. Pack your favorite hiking spikes so you don’t have to turn back on your planned route. Keeping hydrated in the cooler temperatures can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a warm summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Norvin Green: Wyanokie High Point and the Mines

WyanokieMinesJan2016_17camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, January 27th I wanted to snowshoe somewhere! Since the Catskills had no snow, I decided to head for northern New Jersey where the last storm dumped some snow. I thought Norvin Green State Forest would be a nice place to visit since I had not been there for some time. The use Google maps to find the best route which took me down Route 17 to exit 124 and then through Warwick to West Milford on some back roads. It was not the route I had used before but it looked like the shortest way. I left Livingston Manor just before 9:00 AM and the GPS in the car indicated the same route as Google maps with an arrival time of 10:25 AM. As I passed through Warwick there was no snow but further along as I entered New Jersey I began to see some accumulation. Waywayanda Park had almost enough snow but I stuck to my plan and continued on until I turned onto Snake Den Road. I arrived at the parking area just outside the New Weis Education Center at right around 10:25 AM. Continue reading

Long Pond Loop

LongLoopJan2016_03camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, January 27th I wanted to get in a hike close to home before track practice in the afternoon. Since I had been at Trout Pond and Frick Pond recently, I decided to go to Long Pond and do the big loop in a counterclockwise direction. I wanted to walk as fast as I could and only take a few pictures along the way. I got Sheila in the car with my gear and headed out DeBruce Road for about 8 miles to Flugertown Road where I made a left. I parked in the lot a short distance up the road on the right. The temperature was in the low 30’s when I parked at and the skies were overcast. I had not brought snowshoes as I knew they would not be necessary but I had brought my spikes. This turned out to be a good idea as the parking area was icy and I could see the trail up the hill was in much the same shape. Continue reading

Frick and Hodge Ponds

FrickHodgeJan2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Saturday, January 23rd Cindy and I had planned to snowshoe at Frick and Hodge Ponds with members of the church if the predicted snowfall did not make the roads impassable. By late morning it was obvious we were going to get little if any snow. Only Ed and Robin had expressed an interest in joint us, so I called them to see if they wanted to hike. I knew from a trip two days before that there wasn’t enough snow to use snowshoes. Fortunately they were ready to hike and we agreed to meet at our house at 12:30 PM. Ed and Robin arrived on time and we drove out the DeBruce Road to Mongaup Road. When we arrived at the trailhead there were no cars parked in the lot and the temperature was 26 degrees. The skies were almost completely overcast with a slight breeze blowing. I had brought with me my new camera, a Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and my new GPS unit, a Garmin 64st. These are upgrades of the previous models and I hoped they would perform in much the same way. Continue reading

Logger’s Loop

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Thursday, January 21st, I knew that I had to get out for a hike after a week of various commitments and extremely cold weather! Every time I left the house Sheila would smell my clothes and then go lay down on the couch. She was ready to get out and run! I decided to go to Frick Pond as I had to make a few stops before going to school to time a wrestling match. After completing various chores around the house, I got Sheila in the car and headed for Frick Pond sometime after 10:00 AM. In Livingston Manor the sun was out but the temperature was in the low 20’s. I decided to wear a warm outfit including tights under my Winter Wander pants and a long-sleeved baselayer with a light wool top. As I drove out DebRuce Road the temperature seemed to drop and there was snow on the road. By the time I got to the Frick Pond parking area the temperature was 18 degrees and there was more than a dusting of snow with a stiff breeze. The skies were very partly cloudy with the sun peeking through in spots. Continue reading

Weather for the week of January 17

The week of January 17th began with icy roads in the morning and temperatures that stayed below freezing for most of the day. By Monday evening colder air moved in and there was a light snowfall overnight. On Monday the temperatures are not expected to stay in the mid teens and the windchill will be below zero for most of the day. Tuesday will bring much the same weather with a slight “warming” trend toward evening. On Wednesday the highs will be in the mid-20’s but the wind will make it seem about 6 degrees cooler. Some flurries may be present throughout the day. Thursday’s forecast is much the same as Wednesday but there will be more sun and no snow in the air. Friday will be much the same with more cloudy skies. The forecast for Friday night into Saturday is for up to a foot of snow! Snow may continue throughout Saturday. On Saturday the temperatures will again be in the low 20’s. Despite the lack of snow in most of the valleys some of the trails on the 3500 peaks may be icy and the low temperatures this week may add to that condition. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to find the winter clothing and layer appropriately. Find your favorite hiking spikes and think about carrying them so that you do not have to turn back on your planned route. Keeping hydrated in the cooler temperatures can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a warm summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Trout Pond

TroutJan2016_05camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Friday, January 15th I knew that I had to get in a hike despite having to leave for a track meet in the afternoon. The cold and rainy weather coupled with track practice and other responsibilities had severely hampered my hiking. I suggested to Cindy that we go to Trout Pond and she agreed. As we were getting ready Sheila kept running between us as if to make sure we did not forget her. We got our gear including spikes in the car and left Livingston Manor with an ecstatic Sheila in the back seat at about 10:45 AM. We were looking forward to seeing if Russell Brook Falls had a higher volume of water after the rain during the week. We headed north on Route 17 to Roscoe and took Route 206 toward Downsville but turned left onto Morton Hill Road just after the Roscoe Nursing Home. When we got to the intersection with Russell Brook Road, I turned around and parked on the side of the road to avoid parking in the large open space which is marked as private property. Continue reading

Weather for the week of January 10

The week of January 10th will begin with a rainy but warmer day with highs near 50 degrees. The rain will continue for most of the day tapering off toward the afternoon and evening. There will be no rain on Monday but the temperatures will drop significantly and the high for Monday will only be in the mid 20’s under sunny skies. The high on Tuesday may be in the high 20’s with sun in the morning followed by clouds in the afternoon. On Wednesday the temperatures drop back to only 20 degrees with periods of sun throughout the day. The highs on Thursday will only be in the mid 20’s but it will be partly sunny. By Friday the temperatures will rise into the mid 30’s but there will be more sun than clouds. Saturday will be much the same with a little more sunshine in the mix. Despite the lack of snow in most of the valleys some of the trails on the 3500 peaks may be icy and the low temperatures this week may add to that condition. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to find the winter clothing and layer appropriately. Find your favorite hiking spikes and think about carrying them so that you do not have to turn back on your planned route. Keeping hydrated in the cooler temperatures can sometimes be tricky since you may not feel that you are sweating as much as on a warm summer day. Hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Hodge And Frick Ponds

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Friday, January 8th I was ready to hike after almost a week of work, track meets and practices and lousy weather! Since I had to time basketball game in the evening, I decided to stay local and head to Hodge and Frick Ponds. Sheila was overjoyed to be going as I got ready at about 11:30 AM. The temperature was only 35 degrees so I dressed in layers and we left home heading out DeBruce Road. As I drove up Mongaup Road toward the trailhead, the temperature kept dropping and the amount of snow on the ground increased. When I parked at the trailhead, there was a nice layer of snow on the ground and the temperature was right at the freezing mark. There was also a slight wind blowing and some moisture in the air making the air feel colder. We crossed the road and started up the Flynn Trail at 11:50 AM. I had not worn my insulated boots and hoped that my Vasque Taku boots would be warm enough and keep my feet dry. Continue reading