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Goodnow Mountain Snowshoe ~ Apr 1, 2015

Journal entry by Wanderer



Checking the weather for Newcomb this morning certainly supported my decision to move the scheduled snowshoe of Goodnow Mt to yesterday (hindsight is always 20-20). The temperature was already in the low 30’s, with a “freezing drizzle” occurring as a write this at 10:45. Temperatures are forecast to rise quickly into the low 50’s, which will certainly turn the trail’s surface into a greasy mess. Yesterday’s perfect weather and trail conditions attracted 18 enthusiastic hikers for the hike of Goodnow Mt and a visit to its firetower – or was it Linda’s birthday that attracted them? I must be losing my touch with April Fools’ jokes because only a few got caught. I guess the card will be saved till November for her real birthday but the Ghirardelli chocolates, cookies and candy were enjoyed by everyone except me – I wasn’t allowed to have any. Fran was more to the point – she said, “Peter, today isn’t Linda’s birthday, hers is in November – you are not going to fool me!” – I guess she told me. I will just have to try harder in the future.

After a quick stop at the Adirondack Interpretive Center we regrouped at the trailhead parking lot and were on our way within a few minutes. The temperature was in the upper 20’s and the well trodden, packed trail was perfect for Microspikes. The trail doesn’t have any intersections so it wasn’t critical to stay together, but occasionally we would gather for a few minutes before making our way to the summit and firetower. The summit was blanketed in bright sunlight, with only a few light clouds to contrast against the blue skies. Glimpses of the surrounding lakes and peaks could be seen from the base of the tower and our lunch spot but you needed to climb a few of the tower’s levels to see the panoramic view of the High Peaks to the north and the mountains to the west and south, with lakes scattered in-between. The view from the tower’s cabin is even better but not required if you don’t like heights. As always, lot’s of visiting during lunch and with a final group picture we were on our way down. The woods were especially pretty with the sun casting long shadows from the mixed hardwood forest along the way.

It seemed too quick that we arrived at the parking lot – some planned on stopping at the AIC again before the long drive back, Lenore and Jack and their passenger Linda P were going to travel via Blue Mountain and visit their lodge at Adirondack Lake, while Ray, Fran and Jim decided to explore the new Upper Hudson Ski Loop Trail located nearby. Perhaps Ray will add an update on their adventure to the end of the report. The Cane’s are a busy group!

Peter

Upper Hudson Ski Trail Trip Report

I hauled my body out of bed around 5:00 AM on the 1st so I would have time to read a little before I packed for the dual hike/ski combo scheduled for the day. I’d only read Telemark Mike’s Blog, “Off on Adventure” a few times before, so I have no idea what prompted me to read it Wednesday morning. But lo and behold, he proceeded to describe in his latest Blog how he had just skied the Upper Hudson Ski trail the day before with his son Zack, who wore snowshoes, and Zack’s dog, who I presume bare footed it, and did it in 2 hours. As Mike put it, he skied at a snowshoer’s pace, but I failed to take into consideration that Zack was cut from the same cloth as his dad. I was convinced that the 3 of us could ski the reported 4.2 mi. trail in at least 1 ˝ hours. As Fran pointed out to me, it took us 2 hours and 5 minutes. Now that’s downright embarrassing. If Fran and I could have kept pace with Jim we might have met my goal, but it was not to be. After examining my GPS tracks and editing out the extra track points created when I “Crashed and Burned” a few times on the steep downhill, I came up with 4.4 miles. Might I add that Jim managed to ski the whole thing without falling once, in spite of the *&#! hard crusted, pock marked trail that caused me to bail out before I kissed the trees at 30 mph. Perhaps the trail was in better shape on the 31st with fresh snow. Perhaps it was the overnight low of 9F that made it tougher for us, but as Fran reminded me, we had to contend with snowshoe tracks and post holes embedded in the crusty snow on several of the shaded downhill sections. The good news is that we started skiing at 2:45 and finished at 4:50 without anyone getting hurt (other than my pride). I would also add that the 36F air temperature helped to soften the snow wherever the sunshine hit it, making the skiing truly pleasurable in those areas. Would I do it again? In a heart beat, IF there were 4 to 6” of fresh snow on top of the existing firm base. It’s a lovely area, with opportunities for side trips to explore the Goodnow Flow and the Hudson River. It’s definitely on my To Do list for next winter. If you do decide to go I would advise that you follow the arrows and ski the loop in a counter clockwise direction. My thanks go out to Fran and Jim for their willingness to join me on a brand new adventure.
Ray B.


4/2/15 - Jack Reber added 1 photo.

4/2/15 - Diane Wisell added 6 photos.

4/3/15 - RayB Bouchard added 5 photos.

4/6/15 - Wanderer . added 13 photos.

25 photos



Don and the seven snow bunnies - added by Jack



Bird nest in an old woodpecker hole in an oak tree. - added by Diane



Lots of this near Goodnow's summit. Common names are Witch's Hair, Old Man's Beard and Beard Lichen. It is from one of three groups of lichens, Usnea, Alectoria or Ramalina. Each lichen group has a gazillion species, many of which look VERY similar and the precise identification of one species would likely require a microbiologist specializing in lichenology. They're still pretty though. - added by Diane



Who said there were no snow fleas on Goodnow? - added by Diane



Great High Peak views all around. - added by Diane



Linda, trying to contain her amusement at the antics of Plotting Pete who does not yet realize someone rotated the map 180 degrees for April Fools Day. - added by Diane



Hey, Obama's selfie got worldwide recognition and mine should too! - added by Diane



Who is that lurking in the shadows in the old barn? - added by RayB



We encountered our first obstacle a short distance from the parking area. Lower Fran, lower. - added by RayB



Fran and Jim take the lead as we skied uphill in nice soft snow. - added by RayB



Photo added by RayB



Photo added by RayB



Last ice - or at least maybe the last picture of ice for the season! - added by Wanderer



Old horse barn - The horse stable was part of the lands owned by Arthur Huntington who in 1932, along with his wife, donated the 15,000 acres to Syracuse University for wildlife and ecological research. It is currently operated by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the forest bears his name. I am not sure how much longer the stable will be standing, each year it leans a bit more and loses more siding. - added by Wanderer



L to R - Wallface, Algonquin, Colden, Marcy - added by Wanderer



Rich Lake and some of the High Peaks - added by Wanderer



Our trail - still lot's of snow - added by Wanderer



Lenore, Jack and Don -- Jack, you better be careful - Lenore has an eye on your sandwich! - added by Wanderer



Gail, Linda and Linda P - added by Wanderer



Jayne and Fran - added by Wanderer



Group on top - added by Wanderer



Trail art - added by Wanderer



More trail art - added by Wanderer



Kurt and Gail - added by Wanderer



On our way out - the end of a wonderful day on Goodnow Mt - added by Wanderer




Thanks to everyone who joined me on the outing: Don, Diane & Kurt, Lenore & Jack, Linda P, Gail, Jayne and Nate (newcomer), Ray, Fran, Jim R, Margie and Linda, Ed, Donna & Peter.

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