Weather for the week of October 30th

The forecast for the week of October 30th began with a coolcloudy and wet Sunday with periods of downpours and showers in the afternoon. On Monday the high temperature will reach only into the high 40’s with some sun and clouds. On Tuesday this pattern will repeat but the high will reach into the low 50’s with very little wind. Moving in into Wednesday the highs will reach the high 60’s with sun and clouds. It will be cloudy on Thursday with a chance of showers but the highs will be in the low 60’s. The skies will clear on Friday but the highs will drop into the high 40’s. With mostly sunny skies. Saturday will be sunny but there may be some passing showers and the highs will be in the low 40’s. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. 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 October 23rd

The forecast for the week of October 23rd began with a cool but sunnyY Sunday with blustery winds and highs reaching into the mid 50’s. There is a chance of showers which should end by the morning. On Monday the high temperature will reach only into the high 40’s with some sun and clouds. Double digit wind speeds will make it feel more like the mid 30’s! On Tuesday this pattern will repeat vu the high will reach only into the low 40’s and the wind will still be keeping the “feels like” temperature in the low 30’s. Moving in into Wednesday the highs will only be in the low 40’s with sun and clouds and wind chills in the high 20’s and low 30’s. It will be cloudy on Thursday with highs in the low 40’s and the possibility of afternoon showers. The temperatures begin to rise on Friday with highs in the high 40’s but with the chance of showers. By Saturday the temperatures will rise into the low 50’s with some sun and clouds. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. 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 October 16th

The forecast for the week of October 16th began with an SUNNY Sunday with A FEW CLOUDS AND highs reaching into the high 60’s. Overnight temperatures should not get below 50 degrees but there is a chance of showers which should end by the morning. On Monday the temperature will begin to climb into the low 70’s but there will be more clouds than sun. The temperatures will continue to climb on Tuesday reaching intin the high 70’s with plenty of sun. The warm weather continues on Wednesday with partly sunny skies and highs topping out in the mid 70’s. By Thursday the highs will drop back into the mid 60’s under Cody skies and there may be some afternoon showers. Rain rolls in for Friday but it should be brief showers in most places. The highs on Friday will be in the low 60’s. Some rain may stick around on Saturday with some sun and highs dropping back into the high 50’s. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes.  A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. 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!

Bear Spring: Eastern Trails Road Loop

bearspringoct2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Friday, October 14th I had decided to hike somewhere to see if I could find some more fall leaf colors. I had not been to Bear Spring WMA in some time and decided that was the place to go. Cindy had a morning appointment but said she would like to go if I could wait until a little after noon. I agreed and when she returned home we set out from Livingston Manor at about 12:30 PM. The temperature was in the low 50’s as I drove north on Route 17 to Roscoe where I took Route 206 through Downsville toward Walton and almost to the top of Bear Spring Mountain. I parked in the large “bus turnaround” just south of East Trout Brook Road. Cindy and I both decided to keep on our light jackets as a breeze was blowing and the temperature was still in the mid 50’s. I set all my electronics and we started out at 1:00 PM. Sheila had on her blaze orange bandana and Cindy was wearing a red/orange jacket so I felt we were pretty safe from bow hunters if we should encounter any. Continue reading

Giant Ledge

giantledgeoct2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, October 12th I had decided to do some work around the house and rest after a 12 mile hike on the Finger Lakes Trail the day before. I go to bed VERY late and then was awakened by an ambulance call at 5:30 AM. When we returned from that call another one came in. The ambulance calls and the cool and very overcast morning which reinforced, in my mind, my decision to stay home. As the morning developed the skies cleared and the sun came out. The temperature started to rise and I began to think about going somewhere to see if I could get some “fall colors” pictures. I decided to head for Giant Ledge since it is a short hike and I assumed that there would not be many people there since it was Wednesday. I got my gear together and pout Sheila in the back seat as we headed out the DeBruce Road around 10:30 AM. The temperature was in the low 50’s as I drove along DeBruce Road. Continue reading

Finger Lakes Trail: Rt 13 to Winding Stair Road

rt13windingstairrdoct2016_09camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, October 11 I wanted to continue to hike Map 12 on the Finger Lakes Trail near Bath and Hammondsport, NY after doing the first section from Sand Pit Road to Route 13. I decided I would park on Route 13 near Mitchellsville where I had left Access 5 and then hike north and east to Winding Stair Road just south of Hammondsport at Access 7. The hike out on the trail would be around 6.4 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 12 and 13 miles. The drive is almost 3 hours but there was no rain in the forecast. Even so, I knew I wanted to get an early start so I set my alarm for 6:00 AM. When my alarm woke me I looked at the thermometer and is was 30 degrees. I delayed my start a little so that I would arrive at my destination around 10:00 AM when the temperature had risen some. I had gotten my gear ready the night before so I was ready to leave by 6:45 AM with Sheila in the backseat. We had not been out for a few days so she was more than ready to go. She almost seemed to sense we were in for a long ride and settled down immediately. Continue reading

Weather for the week of October 9th

The forecast for the week of October 9th began with an overcast Sunday with highs reaching into the low 60’s. There were sustained winds and a few showers in some areas.  Overnight temperatures are now dipping into the mid to mid 30’s and lingering through the early morning. Monday will be sunny, breezy and cool with highs in the mid 50’s. By Tuesday the temperature will rise into the low 60’s and will will be sunny and warmer. On Wednesday it will be partly sunny with highs reaching into the mid 60’s. Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday but with the chance of passing showers in the afternoon. Friday will be mostly sunny but the highs will reach only into the high 50’s. Saturday will be much the same but slightly cooler. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes.  A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. 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: Sand Pit Road to Rt 13

sandpitrdrt13oct2016_04camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Friday, October 7 I wanted to start Map 12 on the Finger Lakes Trail near Bath, NY since it was right off Rt17/I86. I decided I would park on Sand Pit Road at Access 1 and then hike north and east to Route 13 near Mitchellsville. The hike out on the trail would be around 7.6 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 13 and 14 miles. The drive is almost 3 hours but there was no rain in the forecast until late in the evening. Even so, I knew I wanted to get an early start so I set my alarm for 6:00 AM. I guess I was excited about the hike because I woke up several times during the night and decided to get up just after 5:30 AM. I had gotten my gear ready the night before so I was ready to leave by 6:15 AM with Sheila in the backseat. We had not been out for a few days so she was more than ready to go. She almost seemed to sense we were in for a long ride and settled down immediately. Continue reading

Trout Pond: Campbell Brook Snowmobile Trail

troutcampbellbrookoct2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, October 3rd I had planned to head for Bath, NY to begin map 12 of the Finger Lakes Trail. The weather had looked poor all week but I got up at 5:30 AM anyway. I took one look at the forecast and decided to postpone the trip as the forecast was calling for cloudy skies all day with a good chance of showers. The forecast for Friday looks much more promising if it does not change during the week. The weather forecast for Livingston Manor included showers at around 11:00 m so I waited to see what would happen. By 11:30 AM there had been no rain and, even though the sky looked cloudy and dark in places, I decided to head for Trout Pond. My intention was to hike the loop passed Mud pond over to Trout Pond and then take the Campbell Brook Trail to Campbell Brook Road. From here I would take Morton Hill Road back to the car. I got my gear and Sheila in the car and headed out of Livingston Manor at about 11:45 AM. Continue reading

Weather for the week of October 2nd

The forecast for the week of October 2nd began with an overcast Sunday with highs barely reaching 60. Most areas experienced a some mist or light rain all day. Overnight temperatures are now dipping into the mid to high 30’s and lingering through the early morning. Monday will mostly cloudy with heavy fog in the morning and a chance of showers throughout the day. Highs will be in the mid 60’s. The highs on Tuesday will be in the low 60’s but if will be partly sunny most of the day after the early morning fog burns off. On Wednesday it will be partly sunny with highs reaching into the mid 60’s. The highs on Thursday will hit 70 and it will be sunny and delightful the whole day. Friday will also be sunny and pleasant with highs in the high 60’s. Saturday will be begin with clouds but it  will tighten up during the day with highs reaching the low 60’s. Insect repellant is still good addition 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. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. 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!