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Old 10-12-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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Lower Conglin Lake, FLWF, 12 Oct, 2017

Today's hike brought me back to one of my favorite corners of the Adirondacks, the North Creek Lakes area of the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. On his first trip here, Tredhed accompanied me to the Hall Rd. trailhead at the old Potter Homestead. The old shack looks the same as it did years ago when I first visited this quiet spot.

We set off down the somewhat muddy and poorly drained snowmobile trail towards North Creek. It was slow going, but the trail gradually improved the closer we got to our first destination.

After about 45 minutes of walking we came to North Creek. A 100yd detour upstream brought us to the 30' waterfall that seems out of place in this "flat" stretch of woods.

The cobble at the base of the falls was very slippery, which made it difficult to find a good viewing location. Fortunately, Tredhed was reasonably sure footed and was able to get some good pictures with his camera.

After getting back on the snowmobile trail, we crossed McKinney Vly on a wide bridge. The fall colors here were pretty decent.

Just past McKinney Vly, we set the compass for the short bushwhack to Lower Conglin Lake. After a slight detour around a beaver flooded arm of the pond, we arrived at the seldom used outlet campsite.

We were having such a good time enjoying the views from the large rock slab, we decided to forgo visiting the other two Conglin Lakes. During my winter visit here, ( I knew they were heavily wooded and didn't have a nice open spot to bask in the sun and check out the scenery.

After a meager lunch, we made the arduous 12 minute bushwhack back to the snowmobile trail. Passing McKinney Vly again, we turned east on the snowmobile trail to Water's Millpond. Judging from the condition of the trail, it probably hasn't seen a snowmobile in many years.

On my favorite part of the route, the trail ascended a box canyon in a short and scenic uphill loop, flanked by 30' walls of rock. A short time later, we approached Water's Millpond with it's sprawling marshes.

We then worked our way around towards the outlet to a spot that I had previously visited with the Adirondack Wilderness Explorers.

I always thought that the large rock at the outlet was perfectly positioned for a photo op.

After checking out the foundations from the old mill buildings, we set a course for our return to Potter Homestead. The last two miles from Water's Millpond to the parking area were a joy to walk. The trail was flat and significantly drier than the one we walked earlier in the day. This is a very enjoyable short loop hike and we made good time in the mixed hardwood forest. Soon enough, we were back at the vehicle and heading down Hall Rd. Even though we didn't get to see all three of the Conglin Lakes today, we had a great time on a beautiful sunny October day. Thanks to Tredhed for the company today and some of the better photos.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:57 AM   #3
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Great photos, guys!
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Old 10-13-2017, 07:29 AM   #4
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walking out on that boggy ground at Water's Millpond is quite an experience.

Once a year, go some where you've never been before.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:34 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!

Great day to be out in the woods.

kwc, you're right, those Water's Millpond marshes are interesting.
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One of my favorite areas in southern ADKs.
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