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Old 12-21-2017, 05:35 PM   #1
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Nine Corner Lake, FLWF, 21 Dec, 2017

I had an awesome opportunity today to take my oldest daughter on a short snowshoe hike. After pondering our dilemma for some time, we decided on Nine Corner Lake in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. We choose this destination not only because it's a fairly easy walk, but the beauty of the lake (once you get away from the outlet) is fantastic. However, the real reason was to show my daughter the boulder field uphill from the lake. As a Geology major, she was very eager to check this out.

We arrived at the trailhead a little later than I normally do, but that was OK.



It really wasn't a problem as we were the only car in the parking lot and we weren't in a hurry. Fortunately, the woods were still in great shape.



The trail stair-steps up about 300 feet to the lakeshore and it was void of any snowmobile tracks. Many people had bare-booted, causing a rough and uneven track in spots. We stopped at the small waterfall for a short break.



The rest of the way to the lake went by quickly and soon we were at the long narrow outlet bay. We noticed the time, 11:28. Winter Solstice! We raised our water bottles in salute to the days finally getting longer (OK, that doesn't happen until early January, but let's not kill the moment ).



While the outlet bay is nice, I wanted to have lunch at one of the distant "corners". We struck out for one of the designated campsites on the east shore and enjoyed our hot soup in peaceful solitude. My daughter commented that she hadn't heard "quiet" in so long.



After letting our clam chowdah settle for a few minutes, we headed off to my daughter's new favorite spot; the boulder fields. Just north of the outlet bay, is a collection of huge glacial erratic boulders.



I know this is a very popular destination for the bouldering crowd and now, I can see why. These things were massive!



My budding geologist was in hog heaven as she weaved in and around these gifts from the glacier.



After we scratched or collective itch for exploring, it was a short walk down the hill to sign out of the woods.



We actually spent about three hours snowshoeing, snacking and poking around this really neat spot. It was an added bonus to be there with my oldest daughter, whose priorities and mine don't always mesh. Now, if only I could find some Adirondack destinations with cool geology, I'd have it made. Now where would I find a place like that?
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:28 PM   #2
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Awesome. I needed that. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2017, 07:05 PM   #3
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Glad I could be of assistance.
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Old 12-21-2017, 07:13 PM   #4
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Awesome!
I agree, this was so nice to read & view after a very busy & rough day.
Thanks T Mag, great read & photos!
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:00 PM   #5
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Nice! There's geology everywhere, take her out as often as you can and have her find it!

Glad to see you wore your shoes to keep the trail in good shape. Not enough folks doing that.
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Thanks guys!

I didn't realize that my trip reports were the elixir of the proletariat.
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:16 PM   #7
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Glad to see you wore your shoes to keep the trail in good shape. Not enough folks doing that.
Trail was in OK shape even though there were a lot of bare-boots. The ~6"-8" of snow made the post holes distracting at best. One would have a hard time skiing this trail in its current condition. Of course, that all changes in the next few hours.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:42 PM   #8
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Great report and thank you for all the photos :-)
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Old 12-22-2017, 07:27 AM   #9
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Very enjoyable report and photos; thanks for letting us hike vicariously with you.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:20 AM   #10
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Thanks folks, it was a great day to be out in the woods.
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Great photos, enjoyed the post. I won't get up to camp for a couple of weeks, posts like these keep us all going 'til our next trips.

A hike up through Avalanche pass to the Trapdike would be a great trip for a geologist. Though I try to ski in each winter, it is one of the most beautiful places in the country in my opinion, I'd opt to go in with your geologist daughter in the summer to better explore the area.

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A hike up through Avalanche pass to the Trapdike would be a great trip for a geologist. Though I try to ski in each winter, it is one of the most beautiful places in the country in my opinion, I'd opt to go in with your geologist daughter in the summer to better explore the area.

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Trapdike is a great idea! I'm not really in tune with the high peaks area, but this sounds like a nice adventure.

There's so many geological anomalies in the Adirondacks to explore. Now, I have to start paying more attention to them. #1 also wants to get a few more classes under her belt so she can understand and explain some of the things we see on our hikes. I'm sure she'll take some field trips that will open up some ideas for new exploration as well.
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Lots of geology in the Catskills, too.
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Old 12-26-2017, 09:36 AM   #14
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Tick, Know what you mean about hiking with the eldest. Mine is 45 and our schedules don't mesh often enough right now. Have to work to those ends!
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