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Old 12-15-2004, 05:25 PM   #21
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ALternative itinerary on the Benson to Piseco is to do Benson to Silver Lake the first day and the second day do Silver Lake to Buckhorn Pond just off the trail about 1 mile from the Piseco Trailhead. great tent camping places there, along with a Blue Heron Rookery, osprey nest, beaver lodge, fishing and moose sign. Then hike into the Spruce Lake lean tos the third day.

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That’s similar to the way I hiked the first section, only I stayed at the Hamilton Lake Stream shelter, and hiked to spruce lake from there.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:30 PM   #22
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Thanks!

i have been cruisin' other forums including VFTT for years. This one is up there with the best of them(love the fishing forum!).

This weekend will be tough, but it will happen someday. Last year i set goals to do the NPT, run NYC, and complete the ADK 46. I am 2 out of 3 on goals, and 19 out of 46 on summits. I will be looking for more advice and hiking partners as i get closer to finishing. The help and advice i have found on all of these forums has been great.

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Old 12-16-2004, 12:40 AM   #23
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Spruce Lake (the third lean-to) and Duck Hole (the lean-to on the hill) were the best spots, I thought, on my N-LP hike. The loons at Spruce Lake woke me up just about every hour on the hour during that night, and it was kinda spooky with a full moon and a mist hanging over the water. But it was such a great spot! Duck Hole was great too ... an absolutely gorgeous spot.

I will probably hike the trail again, although probably not this coming year (2005).
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Spruce Lake (the third lean-to) and Duck Hole (the lean-to on the hill) were the best spots, I thought, on my N-LP hike. The loons at Spruce Lake woke me up just about every hour on the hour during that night, and it was kinda spooky with a full moon and a mist hanging over the water. But it was such a great spot! Duck Hole was great too ... an absolutely gorgeous spot.

I will probably hike the trail again, although probably not this coming year (2005).
I have fond memories at Spruce Lake. My cousin, his dog, and myself stayed at the second lean-to and had the whole lake to ourselves, with the exception on a pair of loons that where swimming across the lake. The section form Spruce Lake to Cedar Lakes and the section through the Cold River valley to Duck Hole were my two favorite parts of the trip.
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:37 AM   #25
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i noticed Rob said to bring a bear cannister. is it really necessary? i do have one but i was hoping not to have to use it untill i go to high peaks.
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I did not bring a bear cannister and did not have a problem. I did hang my food every night. I saw lots of bear sign but these bears do not have the savvy of the high peak bears. I have heard of problems at Duck Hole but because food was left in the lean-to or hung too low.
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Old 12-27-2004, 01:24 PM   #27
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I wouldn't bother with a bear cannister on the NPT. If you encounter a bear, just carry it out in a zip lock!
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Old 12-27-2004, 01:33 PM   #28
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My concern with not carrying a canister was that with up to 3-4 days between refueling(food that is) on the trail, i didn't want to take a chance of losing the food and being hungry for a few days.

As others have noted, i didn't have any problems with bears either. Lots of sign, but no encounters. It also keeps out the pesky rodents and acts as a nifty chair however.
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Taking a cannister never hurts. Just if you';re pushing the limit on weight, then its a consideration and winter camping requires carrying more weight then other times of the year.

Only place I would think you might encounter any problem if at all is the section that skirts the Seward Range. However, my guess is that all the "smart" bears are up by Marcy Dam waiting for tenderfeet.
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