Weather for the week of May 28th

The week of May 28th began with an overcast day with periods of sun and highs in the low 70’s. It seemed like it might rain several times but the showers held off. On Monday there will be rain until afternoon with highs in the high 50’s. Tuesday should be warmer with highs in the low 60’s but a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The warming trend continues on Wednesday with highs in 70’s but a continued threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The forecast for Thursday includes periods of clouds and sun with highs in the high 60’s. Friday will be cloudy with high’s in the high 60’s but with a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Saturday will be much warmer with highs in the high 70’s but with a chance of afternoon showers. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!

Round Top Figure 8s

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, May 23rd I wanted to get out for a hike since the forecast for the rest of the week was questionable and Thursday would be taken up by the sectional track meet. I had decided to “sleep in” since I had my sleep interrupted several times by ambulance calls in the middle of the night. As luck would have it I was awakened at 5:00 AM by…an ambulance call. When I returned, I decided to see if I could get a little extra sleep and I did manage to rest until 9:00 AM. I did some work around the house and then decided to go across the street to hike on Round Top. I put Sheila on her leash and we headed across the street at about 11:45 AM. The temperature was about 65 degrees and the sky was much more overcast than I had expected. I actually wore a light windbreaker but decided to leave my pack behind. I also left my poles at home knowing I would be hiking only about 2 miles. We walked across the field next to the church and then walked up the hill from the church to the top of the cemetery. The hill is short but steep and I appreciated Sheila helping to pull me up the hill. Continue reading

Weather for the week of May 21st

The week of May 21st began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 degrees in most places. The skies began to become cloudy in the afternoon before several days of rainy weather. The forecast for Monday includes overnight rain and showers on and off throughout the day. The highs should reach into the high 50’s on Monday. Tuesday may be the nicest day of the week with temperatures in the high 60’s with partly sunny skies. Rain returns on Wednesday with scattered showers throughout the day and highs in the high 60’s. On Thursday the temperatures will drop to the high 50’s and may hit 60 but there will be a chance of scattered thunderstorms. Temperatures rise into the mid 60’s on Friday but there will still be scattered showers. By Saturday the skies should clear with highs in the mid 60’s and times of sun and clouds. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!

Cobey Pond

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Sunday, May 21st, Cindy and I left the Damascus Forest trail and headed for Cobey Pond to the south. I was trying to scout out the Damascus Forest trail and the Cobey Pond trail to update the trailkeeper.org website. We headed west on Macubbins Road and then turned left at the end on Barkley Lake Road. We then turned right on Plank Road and left on Atco Road to get to Route 652, the Beach Lake Road. After 2.4 miles we turned left or south on Perkins Pond Road. We stayed on Perkins Pond Road for 4 miles until it ended at Welcome Lake Road. The name of the road changed to Case Road as we entered the Township of Lackawaxen. We turned right on Welcome Lake Road and drove .9 miles to Masthope Road where we turned left. The access road for Cobey Pond was 1 mile down the road on the left. We turned into the road and crossed Masthope Creek on a small bridge. Continue reading

Damascus Forest Trail

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Sunday, May 21st, the forecast had been for rain but by the time we left church at 12:15 PM the skies were only a little cloudy with some sun shining through. I asked Cindy if she wanted to go to scout out the Damascus Forest Trail and the trail at Cobey Pond. I was trying to scout out the Damascus Forest trail and the Cobey Pond trail to update the trailkeeper.org website. She said “Yes” and I set out to create two geospatial PDFs using Caltopo. I should have done this the night before and it took some time to get it done! As I was getting my pack read, I noticed I had the scabbard to my saw but there was no saw. After a few minutes of searching, I was convinced I had left it on the Touch-Me-Not Trail the day before. Cindy and I got dressed to hike and got all our equipment in the car. I drove up the Beaverkill Road to Beech Hill Road behind a car that was looking for some location and would not pull over! Continue reading

Beech Hill Road to Cabot Mountain Maintenance

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Saturday, May 20th, I had planned to hike to do some more trail clearing on the Touch-Me-Not Trail from Beech Hill Road to Cabot Mountain. Since I had done the maintenance from Barkaboom Road to Cabot Mountain on Thursday, this would complete my “spring cleaning” except for a little lopping to do in a few spots. I maintain this section of trail for the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. I had an early morning ambulance call which delayed my departure as well as a few morning showers. By 11:00 Am the rain had stopped and the radar was clear. I got my gear ready and dressed for what was going to be cooler day than Thursday so I wore a light jacket. I packed my Silky saw and plastic felling wedges and grabbed my light Fiskars axe. Sheila was ready to go as we pulled out of Livingston Manor at a little after 11:00 AM. I drove north on Old Route 17 before turning right on the Beaverkill Road. Continue reading

Big Pond to Cabot Mountain Maintenance

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Thursday, May 18th, I had planned to hike to do some more trail clearing. I had worked on the trails around Frick Pond the day before in very warm conditions. I thought I would attend my 6:15 AM men’s bible study and then head out. That plan changed we an ambulance call came in around 5:00 AM. By the time got back the class was almost over and I was not sleepy. I decided to get an early start. I settled on hiking from Big Pond over the Touch-Me-Not Trail toward Cabot Mountain. I maintain this section of trail for the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and had not been out to clear it yet this spring. I got my gear ready and dressed for what was going to be a hot day eschewing even the lightest jacket. I packed my Silky saw and plastic felling wedges and grabbed my light Fiskars axe. Sheila was ready to go as we pulled out of Livingston Manor at a little after 8:00 AM. I drove north on Old Route 17 before turning right on the Beaverkill Road. Continue reading

Big Rock Trail and Logger’s Loop Maintenance

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, May 17th, I decided to head for the Frick Pond area to do some trail work on the Big Rock Trail and Logger’s Loop. The forecast was calling for temperatures reaching into the mid 80’s and by 9:30 AM it was already in the 70’s. I got my gear together including my Silky saw and felling wedges grabbing my Fiskars axe on the way out the door. The Fiskars axe is easy to carry and does a pretty good job despite its small size. I wore a light windbreaker but knew I would probably not need it between the rising temperature and the work I would be doing. We left the house at about 9:30 AM as I drove out the DeBruce Road for 6 miles. I turned left on Mongaup Road and stayed to the left on Beech Mountain Road at the Y. When I parked, there where no other cars in either lot. I took off the jacket and set my electronics. I also applied some insect repellant as the flies were already gathering in large numbers. At 9:55 AM we walked over to the larger parking area and out the back of the lot on the red-blazed Quick Lake Trail. Continue reading

Round Top Figure 8s

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, May 16th I wanted to get out for a hike since track meets and family commitments had kept me away from the forest for a week! Sheila seemed to agree as I got ready to go across the street to hike on Round Top. I had gotten a late start and decided this was the best plan. I also had not hiked Round Top in a while and wanted to make sure the trail was clear and in good shape. I also wanted to see what the proposed upper trail looked like after the winter. We are getting ready to cut this trail out and mark it with paint blazes. We headed across the street at about 11:00 AM with Sheila pulling me all the way down the driveway on her leash. It was probably the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures hovering in the high 60’s! I had decided not to bring my pack as I did not want to carry the extra weight and wanted to have the “freedom” from taking pictures. We began the ascent of the steepest hill behind the church which is short but really gets the circulation pumping! Continue reading

Weather for the week of May 14th

The week of May 14th began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 degrees in most places. The wind began to pickup during the evening and remained in the double digits throughout the night. The forecast for Monday includes morning showers ending around noon. The highs should reach into the mid 50’s on Monday but the wind will continue to hit velocities just below 20 mph. A warming trend on Tuesday will send temperatures into the low 70’s with plenty of sun. The trend continues into Wednesday with highs in the low 80’s and plenty of sunshine. Thursday will be even warmer with highs in the mid 80’s but with increasing humidity also. The highs on Friday will drop back into the low 70’s with a chance of an early morning shower. On Saturday the highs will be in the low 70’s with clouds and sun.When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!