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Old 04-25-2017, 09:05 AM   #1
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Raquette Falls trail

This trip was a decision made on the trail. The plan was to head to Blueberry lean-to, but the road was still closed so we decided not to add an extra three miles to our trip. We decided instead to head towards Raquette falls. This trail was shorter than the trail to Blueberry. The two miles to the first lean-to on the trail called Hemlock Hill was broad and flat. We did this in around an hour, some parts of the trail where flooded out and required a small detour around. From Hemlock Hill there was more broad flat trail leading to Raquette Falls lean-to's one and two as well as the DEC Interior Outpost. First you will come to Raquette Falls No.2, this lean-to has plenty of space and a view of the river. The lean-to was in good shape and so was the out house. Wood was plentiful as many trees had fallen in the surrounding woods. Lean-to No.1 was not worth the hike back to. As we went in mid April their was still snow under the Pines surrounding the lean-to the only patch of clear ground around this lean-to was the mud directly in front of it. Our group of 10 could never have camped here so it was decided to head back to No.2. If you are going to the falls stop at the Interior outpost that lies directly between the two and has a field surrounding it providing plenty of room. Set up camp at No.2 as it is only a 30-40 minute walk to falls and is the best lean-to by the Falls themselves. The weather was normal for April cold but not enough for heavy coats and above freezing. We brought a cooler filled with food for breakfast and lunch. Since the trail is easy you can bring plenty of food. The hike out is easy and takes around 2 hours to hike all the way out.
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....As we went in mid April their was still snow under the Pines surrounding the lean-to the only patch of clear ground around this lean-to was the mud directly in front of it. Our group of 10 could never have camped here so it was decided to head back to No.2. If you are going to the falls stop at the Interior outpost that lies directly between the two and has a field surrounding it providing plenty of room. Set up camp at No.2 as it is only a 30-40 minute walk to falls and is the best lean-to by the Falls themselves.
Read this: http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.p...881#post257881

You cannot camp within 150 feet of a lean-to, trail, water source or a DEC Interior Station. Every clearing you see isn't automatically an available camping space. The only exception is if the clearing is marked with a "Camp Here" marker. Otherwise, you have to walk 50+ yards off-trail and find a compliant spot.



Which one of the 4 identical trip reports (posted so far) was penned by the organizer of this trip? He/she needs to brush up on DEC regulations before leading an oversized group onto state land.
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nice job jesus....
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:12 PM   #4
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nice job jesus....
Randy,
The regulations are in place to prevent large groups to camp near leantos
In our modern world, I have to agree.
You guys actually carried a cooler stocked with hot dogs and hamburgers from Axton Landing???
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Hey there! Nothing wrong with hauling fresh food into the woods!

I recall many a decade ago, pulling out a gallon jug of milk out of my framepack while my buddy retrieved a large, store-bought cake out of his pack. One of the other campers in the lean-to said something I'll never forget "Either you guys don't know what you're doing .. or you really do." We really did. Milk and cake sure taste extra good after they've been hauled several miles into the backcountry ... and everyone else is eating reconstituted sawdust.
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Always included a fresh steak for the first night.
Milk and cake, never!
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