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Old 02-20-2015, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hiking/Camping along Powley-Piseco Rd.

Well it's that time of year again, when I turn up the heat and stare longingly at Adirondack maps and dream of hiking and paddling trips in warmer weather. Looking at the nat.geo map #744 (northville/raquette lake) I realized that over the years I have largely neglected the southern Adirondacks, and thought I might try to rectify that on my first trip north this year.

I am considering a couple of different options- the one I am looking for information for is to road camp somewhere along Powley-Piseco Rd. and explore a few of the hikes there and maybe the quiet water section of east canada creek. Does anyone have information about the number of campsites and frequency of use, as well as when the road opens? I am planning a late spring trip, either late April or early May depending on weather conditions. I know many of the forest roads don't open until mid to late may; my thought was that maybe Powley-Piseco, being farther south, might open a bit earlier. I will likely go early to mid week; what are my chances of finding an open site?

As to hikes- any I shouldn't miss? I am looking at the Sand Lake, Big Alderbed, Goldmine Stream, and Clockmill Pond trails. And as for Sand Lake, has anyone carried a canoe or kayak in there? The trail description in my guidebook makes it seem as though getting a boat in there is feasable. Is the lake itself worth the effort?

Thanks in advance for any information shared.
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Old 02-20-2015, 02:54 PM   #2
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This study of road-side camping areas from ESF is a good resource for locating the number of and location of car-accessible campsites in the Adirondacks. AFAIK, it was the first time someone made any effort to locate the majority of these sites within the Adirondack Park. It does have a map on page 18 of the Powley Pesico Road.

(Note that the map does distinguish between designated and non-designate, and the majority of the non-designated sites are likely illegal ones as they are probably within 150 feet of the road).
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:27 PM   #3
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look here:

http://adkforum.com/showthread.php?t...highlight=sand
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:37 PM   #4
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The "Brayhouse Brook campsite" on the west side of the Powely-Piseco Road,
(A.K.A "The Mud Hole") is one of my favorites (see photo below).
It's located just west of the bridge over Brayhouse Brook, on the north
bank of that brook. It's off the road just enough to ensure a little bit of
privacy, but of course it does get a lot of use, and it can indeed be a bit
wet/muddy during wet periods. Nearby trails include the old road through
the Brayhouse Gore, which heads west on the south side of the brook, and
the short trail to the Pot-Holers on the East Canada Creek is right across
the road near the confluence of Brayhouse Brook and the East Canada,
where there are other campsites. The road is usually open by mid May,
and you may not encounter a lot of people during mid-week, but be
warned that many of the campsites along the road do get a lot of use,
and you can expect to see a lot of litter.

Brayhouse Brook Campsite:
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:34 PM   #5
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The dirt portion of the Powley Piseco Road, which is the 12 or so miles from Brayhouse Brook to Route 10, is closed December 1 to May 31, according to the sign by the barrier. In my experience it opens a bit earlier, just before Memorial Day weekend. But don't count on it being open before then.
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:38 PM   #6
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here's what the E Canada looks like...it's a little visited gem, despite its easy access.



As others have mentioned, the road will likely not be open until late May.
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:52 PM   #7
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Thanks very much for the info everyone, and especially for the photos! They've really got me daydreaming of future trips.

Hopefully I'll be able to get back in there by the 2nd or 3rd week in May. The blackflies will likely be in full force by then but it looks like East Canada Creek and Sand Lake will be worth it.
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I was just today talking with MDB about our abbreviated Sand Lake trip...I was moaning that if everyone would have just made that little bushwhack around the rock garden, we could have spent quite a while on the small, meandering inlet.
She promised we would go back and she will graciously allow me to carry her boat for her.

Have fun when you go, and take lots of photos...please!
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