Long Pond Loop: Clockwise

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, October 31st, I had planned to hike close to home and Long Pond was the only place I had not been recently. As I was getting ready in the morning, I asked Cindy if she would like to go and she agreed. We didn’t hurry out of the house as the early morning skies were cloudy and the temperature was only in the mid 30’s. Sheila could see we were both getting ready to go and was hard to contain until we finally left the house at about 9:45 AM. I drove out the DebRuce Road and through Willowemoc to the Flugertown Road. I turned left and drove to the first parking area on the right. We got our gear out of the car and I set my electronics. I put Sheila on her leash and we started up Flugertown Road at 10:15 AM. The temperature was still below 40 degrees and there was a stiff breeze blowing into our faces. The first part of the hike is virtually flat but then starts to climb very gently for some distance. The first .5 miles follows the paved portion of Flugertown Road. Continue reading

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!

Mongaup Pond to Flugertown Loop

MongaupFlugertownLoopOct2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Friday, October 25th my plan was to head for the Finger Lakes Trail east of Hammondsport and hike the final section of map 12 east to west from Birdseye Hollow Road to Winding Stair Rd. I decided I would probably hike out and back since a good part of this section is on roads anyway. The round trip mileage is around 12 miles. All week the weather looked good and I was stoked to finish this section. I woke up just before 6:00 AM on Saturday and found that the forecast had changed to include a good chance of rain just after noon. It was a tough decision as I do not like to change plans but in the end I decided I did not want to drive almost 6 hours round trip to have limited views and the possibility of getting wet. I knew that a friend, Wendell, has planning to hike in the Mongaup Pond area to work on the CMC All Trails Challenge so I sent him and e-mail and he responded. We agreed to meet at the Mongaup Pond parking area at 9:20 AM. At 9:00 AM I put my gear in the car and loaded up an eager Sheila to head for Mongaup Pond. I drove out DeBruce Road and turned left on Mongaup Pond Road after 6 miles. I drove up the road and at the Y in the road I stayed right to go to Mongaup Pond. Continue reading

Trout Pond Loop: Counterclockwise

TroutOct2016_12camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday,October 25th I wanted to get out and hike after several days of lousy weather and relative inactivity. I decided with the amount of time I had that I would go to Trout Pond since the area is close. I also hoped to find some remnants of fall colors left on the leaves still on the trees. I got my gear and Shiela in the car and headed up the Quickway towards Roscoe just before 10:00 AM. I had waited for the rain showers to abate and for the sun to come out and add some warmth to the raw air. Unfortunately, as I drove towed Roscoe, I could see black clouds and found rain hitting the windshield. Since the weather was changing so rapidly, I decided to continue. I got off at exit 94 and headed north on Route 206 towards Downsville. After crossing the Rockland Flats and passing the Roscoe Nursing Home, I turned left on Morton Hill Road and drove to teethe intersection with Russell Brook Road. I decided to drive down to the lower parking area and was pleased to find the road in pretty good shape. I arrived at 10:10 AM to find one other car in the lot. Continue reading

Round Top Lower Trail

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, October 24th Cindy and I were about to leave the house for a hike at Trout Pond when the ambulance pager went off. I have never been able to ignore a page so I went on the call in my hiking clothes. It turned out to be a potentially serious heart problem. By the time I got back there wasn’t enough time before cross country practice to do too much traveling to hike. Sheila was in such a state of excitement that we decided to go across the street to hike the Round Top Trail that we had recently constructed. We headed across the street just before noon and climbed the steep hill to the top of the cemetery where the trail begins. The temperature had warmed up some but it was till cool with a mixture of sun and clouds. We walked into the woods and at the intersection we stayed to the right to hike the loop in the counterclockwise direction. Continue reading

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!

Frick and Hodge Ponds: Clockwise Big Loop

FrickHodgeOct2016_08camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday,October 19th I wanted to get out and hike after several days of being school nurse and a rending weather forecast with rain. I decided with the amount of time I had that I would go to Frick and Hodge Ponds since the area is close. I also hoped to find some remnants of fall colors left on the leaves still on the trees. I got my gear and Shiela in the car and headed out the DeBruce Road just before 10:00 AM. After about 6 miles, I turned left on the Mongaup Road and stayed to the left on Beech Mountain Road at the split. When we arrived at the parking area there were no other cars in the lot. I parked and got my electronics ready. At 10:20 Am we headed out on the woods road from the smaller parking area. I left my light windbreaker in the car as the temperature had already hit 60 degrees. As we walked out the woods road toward Frick Pond, I wondered if perhaps I should have brought the light jacket as a slight breeze seemed cooler than I had expected. It was a quick walk to the outlet of Frick Pond and when we arrived at the bridge I could see there were still some colorful leaves on the trees. Continue reading

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