Round Top (LM) Trail

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, September 28th I had thought again about going to Long Pond to hike the big loop as I only had cross country practice in the afternoon. Just as I was about to live an ambulance call for a rollover MVA came in. Fortunately, the driver was lucky and had relatively minor injuries. When I returned, it was too late for a long hike but there was a text from Lisa suggesting a hike on the new Round Top Trail. I agree to meet her at the trailhead around 11:30 AM. This would give me a chance to scout out another way to site the upper trail to the summit to add a little more length. I walked across the street with just Sheila, my poles and my two GPS devices. Lisa was in the church parking lot and we immediately started up the road into the cemetery. The sky was completely overcast and there was a heavy mist that was just short of rain. We took the middle road and wound our way up to the trailhead. Lisa liked the paint blazes as we headed into the woods. At the intersection we stayed to the right to hike the loop in the counterclockwise direction. As we hiked we picked up a few sticks to help keep the trail clear. When we got to the sharp left urn abet follows the woods road, we continued straight ahead bushwhacking our way toward the summit of Round Top. Continue reading

Huggins Lake

hugginslakesep2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, September 27th I decided I wanted to get out before the rains came during the rest of the week. I thought about going to Long Pond and hiking the big loop. In the end I got a late start and decided to head for Huggins Lake for a shorter hike since I had a cross country meet in the afternoon. I headed out a little after 9:30 AM with Sheila in the backseat. I have come to the realization that she would like to be out everyday and we had not hiked since Friday! I drove up the Beaverkill Road and down the Campsite Road to find the covered bridge STILL closed. I detoured to the steel bridge at Craigie Claire and then drove out Berry Brook Road to the trailhead. There were no cars in the lot when we headed out at 10:15 AM on the wide woods road to the lake. Continue reading

Weather for the week of September 25th

The forecast for the week of September 25th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 60’s. Overnight temperatures are now dipping into the mid to high30’s and lingering through the early morning. Monday will mostly sunny with highs in the mid 60’s. Tuesday will be a repeat of Monday but the overnight temperatures will be even lower. On Wednesday it will be partly sunny in the morning with a possible shower in the afternoon and highs reading into the upper 60’s. On Thursday it will be mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 60’s. Friday the temperature will barely crack 60 degrees with mostly cloudy skis and the chance of showers during the day. For Saturday expect slightly higher temperatures with mostly cloudy skies and a continued threat of shwoer. Sunblock and insect repellant are still good additions to your pack as some biting insects remain around until heavy frosts. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Throw in a light windbreaker for the cool evenings and mornings. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. 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!

Finger Lakes Trail: Birdseye Hollow Road to Rt 226

birdseyehollowrdrt226sep2016_04camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Friday, September 23rd I wanted to finish Map 13 on the Finger Lakes Trail west of Watkins Glen as the first hike of the fall season. I decided I would park on Birdseye Hollow Road at Access 1 and then hike south to Route 226 where I had stopped on my previous hike. The hike out on the trail would be around 6 miles but I knew we could hike back on local roads and probably cut the distance some with a less difficult hike making the round trip between 11 and 12 miles. The drive is almost 3 hours and a heavy thunderstorm was in the forecast for the afternoon so I knew I wanted to get an early start. I got my gear ready the night before and was up and moving by 5:00 AM. Surprisingly, I had all my gear ready and in the car by 5:30 AM as I left Livingston Manor with Sheila in the backseat. She almost seemed to sense we were in for a long ride and settled down immediately. Cindy told me the night before she did not want to drive that far to hike so Sheila and I were on our own. I knew a good part of the route from previous trips and did not have to worry much about directions. Continue reading

Weather for the week of September 18th

The forecast for the week of September 18th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 70’s. Showers in the late afternoon and early evening effected some areas.  Monday Will be cloudy or partly cloudy for most of the day. Showers will be around in the morning and could return for the afternoon. On Tuesday morning there may some early fog but that will give way to sunny skies and temperatures reaching 80. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will all be sunny and comfortable with highs in the high 70’s. There is only a very slight chance of rain each day. Saturday seems to be unsettled with clouds and highs reaching only into the mid 60’s. There is a chance of some rain showers moving through some areas. Sunblock and insect repellant are still good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. 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!

Weather for the week of September 11th

The forecast for the week of September 11th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the high 70’s and lower humidity.  Monday should be sunny and pleasant with highs in the low 70’s. On Tuesday it will be mostly sunny with highs in the high 70’s. Wednesday will be partly sunny with temperatures again climbing into the high 70’s. Thursday will be sunny but the temperature will only reach into the mid 60’s with low humidity. Friday will be mostly sunny with highs reaching 70 degrees. Saturday will mostly cloudy with a chance of late thunderstorms and highs in the low 70’s. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. 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!

Weather for the week of September 4th

The forecast for the week of September 4th began with a sunny Sunday with highs n the high 70’s.  Monday should be breezy with periods of sun and highs in the high 70’s. On Tuesday it will be mostly sunny with highs reaching 80 degrees. Wednesday will be partly sunny and humid with temperatures again climbing into the low 80’s. Thursday will also be partly sunny but there may be a thunderstorm in the afternoon with highs reaching the low 80’s. Friday will be humid with clouds and sun with highs reaching 80 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with highs in the high 70’s. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. 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!