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Old 08-10-2017, 08:54 PM   #1
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Boreas Ponds daytrip

MDB and I decided we needed to get out, so we loaded up the car and drove a little north...Wouldn't you know, we ended up on Gulf Brook Rd.
After a slow 3.2 miles (per her odometer) we arrived at the deserted parking lot.




I threw the boats on my wheels and off we went.




MDB was kind enough to help me up some of the hills.



In just about an hour, we reached LaBiere Flow. I briefly considered paddling up the flow, but not knowing how much walking would be saved, I decided to just stick to the roadway. As it turns out, paddling up the flow might be a better route, but the time it takes to rig both boats kind of negates and time saved walking. But those first views were nice.





In just an hour and twenty minutes, we were at the Boreas Ponds dam.
It didn't take but a few minutes to toss the boats in the water and stash the wheels.



And we were off!! It didn't take very long before the views opened up in a dramatic fashion.

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Old 08-10-2017, 09:08 PM   #2
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Nice report, great pics! Place looks grand! Thanks!

On a side note, people that aren't worried about opening the road up should take note of the invasive plant in your fourth image. The proof is in the pudding.

Again thanks for sharing your adventure.
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We paddled around too many islands for me to keep track of...



Eventually, we tucked in out of the wind to have a quick in boat lunch.



We spent some time watching several loons that were hanging out there.
BTW, some of the trees already have a tint to them!!



We paddled up as far as we could, and could hear a little waterfall...excited to see it we paddled around the next bend to a magnificent culvert.
With the walk back out on both of our minds, we decided that was the end of the line for us today.



On the way back, we passed this big boy. It's gotta have a name, right??!!



And in short order, we were back at the dam.



And that was that, nothing left to do but wheel our way back to the car. The only really big hill is just after LaBiere Flow.
One or two mosquitos, a healthy herd of deerflies, one or two stable flies and some confused horseflies.
We saw a handful of loons, a Great Blue Heron, many Kingfishers, and a itty bitty black bear on the road out. It was no bigger than a German Shephard...had to be pretty young.

A bunch more photos here:
https://goo.gl/photos/CWE1rUqxsnb5dqqf8

Was it worth it as a day trip? Definitely. The ease of rolling our way in made it too easy. Looking back on my GPS track, paddling the Flow would have saved 1/2 mile of rolling. If I had a boat on my shoulders, I would paddle that flow.
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Thanks for posting the report and pictures, it looks very nice. That big rock is quite something. Was there an easier way to climb up from the other side or is it that steep all the way around?
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Thanks for posting the report and pictures, it looks very nice. That big rock is quite something. Was there an easier way to climb up from the other side or is it that steep all the way around?
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In the photo of Lynne in front of the monster, the right side is the lowest, about 3 ft above the water. If you're planing on a 3 meter dive, don't! The water's quite shallow...
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:27 AM   #6
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Looks like an awesome day Mike. Great photos! Words cannot describe how envious I am right now...
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Looks great SG. I've been laid up all summer after arm surgery and am dying to get out there.

BTW, the flower in the picture is Ironweed, not an invasive.
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Looks great SG. I've been laid up all summer after arm surgery and am dying to get out there.

BTW, the flower in the picture is Ironweed, not an invasive.
I stand corrected, thought for sure it was Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).

I apologize for my confusion. Still keep the road closed, if you please.
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Amazing photos! I would go there just so I could climb that boulder
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Thank you, all...
Sorry, Dave, you could have come along. After all, K & E will be around all the time soon enough.
That huge boulder is just begging for a name...it's prominent from way far off.
And yeah, don't "improve" the access any further.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:53 AM   #11
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Nice photos Mike, thanks for sharing.
FWIW, when I was there with the AWE back in October, seven of us walked the road along LeBier Flow while one of us paddled. It was definitely quicker just to walk, but a fun short paddle non the less.
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That huge boulder is just begging for a name...
So a huge boulder needs a name, but a canoe dosen't...?
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So a huge boulder needs a name, but a canoe dosen't...?
Possibly the logic is that the rock is likely to stay put (at least in the short term), and thus becomes a landmark which needs a name, while a canoe is a more ephemeral and transitory thing, like a pair of shoes or a tent. This theory makes sense to me, but my mind has been a mess for as long as I can remember.
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I was just teasing, and I agree that it should have a name.
How about...."Andrew's Rock".
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I stand corrected, thought for sure it was Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe).

I apologize for my confusion. Still keep the road closed, if you please.
Now that you mention it I guess it could be.

I agree about keeping the road closed!
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Nice photos again stripperguy, although you need to change your name to Carbonguy if you keep paddling that black and white boat around.

I was up a couple weeks ago to Boreas Ponds, camped at Justins camp site. On my way in on a Monday there were 3 people at the pond that had walked in, and when I left a couple days later I saw 11 people from 4 groups that were at the dam or walking in. These were not hardcore hikers either, a little kid maybe 6 or 7 a couple of older people (of course I'm 66). One guy had rented a canoe trailer for his bike at The Cloudsplitter and has ridden in with his kayak in tow. He was the only other person I saw on the water. But 14 people plus myself mid-week leads me to believe that the present access is just fine. Nice parking lot, easy walk, I wheeled out in only 1 hr 15 min. Just about anyone can get in there for a day trip pretty easily.
I did the LeBar Flow paddle, and though it is a very nice paddle in it's own right, it is much faster to just walk, carry, wheel the road all the way in.

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John,
It was your recent TR that reminded me to paddle there...
I make it a habit to study the trail registers whenever we sign in/out.
That day, 3 more groups of 2 were in and out before we finished. Saw 2 of them from a distance.
Also, since July 31 there were 67 people signed in before us, all day trippers except 1 party of 8 that planned a 13 day trip. None of them were paddlers or didn't admit to it.

It might be nice to go back as late in the paddling season as possible, in hope of snow capped peaks.
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I know where I'm going next week

Got a new set of wheels for my kayak this Christmas, have not tried them out yet. Going to do this pond mid-week next week while staying in Schroon Lake. Can't wait....
Thanks for the TR.
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So a huge boulder needs a name, but a canoe dosen't...?
Rock's lives matter, and so do canoe's
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Rock's lives matter, and so do canoe's
I called it "The Windy Rock out in the Middle", as it was quite breezy when I paddling through there last fall...😉 https://youtu.be/nT9PmDcC7wY
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