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Tick Magnet 04-13-2017 06:16 PM

Moose Mt. Pond, HPWF, 13 Apr, 2017
Today, Tredhed and I re-visited one of our happy places; Moose Mt. Pond in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. We were last here on a glorious fall day back in 2012 and our return was long overdue.

An early start got us to the Mt. Severance Store to pick up some homemade sandwiches and other lunch supplies.

A few minutes later, we were back on I-87 headed north past the site of the new Frontier Town of Opportunity. A few minutes later, we arrived at the Ensign Pond Rd. trailehead.

Based on what we saw at the trailhead, we decided to go with microspikes today. That was probably the best choice as the trail conditions varied from ice and 2' deep packed snow... bare ground and mud with some slippery ice thrown in at random spots.

After about 45 minutes of slipping and sliding on the snow packed trail, we arrived at Berrymill Flow and enjoyed the view of Owl Pate in the distance.

A good bridge brought us over the raging outlet stream.

After another 45 minutes of walking on the trail through packed snow, bare ground and mud, we arrived at the outlet of Moose Mt. Pond. Sorry fishermen, it'll be a little while before the ice is off this pond. It's close though! :)

We continued past the outlet campsite to the lean-to. The lean-to was in good shape, although we did pick up some plastic bags and several gallon water jugs. :mad:

We dropped our packs and had our lunch at the rocky ledge just up the lake from the lean-to. The views of Moose Mt., Bald Pate and Owl Pate were very nice.

We explored a little more, packed up the trash and headed back down the trail. The walk back was similar to the walk in. Great in spots, nasty in others. Such is springtime in the Adirondacks. Thanks to Tredhed for the use of some of his pictures and driving today. Another great day in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. :dance:

Justin 04-13-2017 07:09 PM

Cool photos & report, thanks man! :)
Love those Severance sammiches! ;) :thumbs:

Tick Magnet 04-13-2017 08:12 PM

Yeah, can't beat them sammiches! :clap:

So glad they're back open.

debmonster 04-14-2017 07:48 PM

Great photos, I felt like I was right there with you. And THANK YOU for picking up other people's trash. Grrr...

Tick Magnet 04-14-2017 10:01 PM

Thanks Deb.

We had to leave a few pieces of trash at the LT since we ran out of room in our packs. Seriously, who leaves a half full gallon jug of water?

Maybe it's an " I'll leave it here for the next guy to use" kind of thing. Maybe just lazy? Maybe a little bit of both?

Either way, it really grinds my gears. :gripe:

montcalm 04-14-2017 10:31 PM

I really love that area. Even the drive down Ensign pond Rd to the parking area is really pretty.

Good to see someone fixed the Bass lake sign. Last I was there, that one and a couple others near the trail register were curiously missing the "B".

Tick Magnet 04-15-2017 08:56 AM

If you look close, you can see that the "B" has been re-painted by hand on the signs.

However, they didn't fix them all. The "B" thief still roams among us.

dundee 04-15-2017 01:30 PM

Thanks TM for hauling out trash. One time I went in there and people had left sleeping bags, pots & pans and food scraps all over. I took out what I could but went in a week later with my overnight pack to haul out the rest. Some other good hiker had already made a dent in the trash, but I took out the rest. Sad to see it still happens.

There's nothing worse than a "B" thief!

montcalm 04-15-2017 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by dundee (Post 257642)

There's nothing worse than a "B" thief!

Some might say they are a bit of an ass...

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