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Old 04-18-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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Last minute trip

Need some last minute suggestions for this Friday. Prefer to hike into a pond/lean to. Probably S/W or Central, no high peak area, southeast or NW

Star Lake still has 1' of ice on it so I know fishing will be nil.

May be one night, if weather greatly improves may stay till Sunday. Supposed to be somewhat sunny so we'll take our time leaving Saturday if we don't spend the night, so a fun side trip from lean to would be nice.

Kind of a shakedown trip for the season....if it ever starts.

My buddy is 70 and prefers less than a 5 mile hike in. Heading in from Syracuse.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:46 AM   #2
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Have you done anything in the Blue Ridge Wilderness? Stephens Pond, Cascade Pond, and Wilson Pond are all nice, have a lean-to each, and aren't a very far hike in. I'm not sure about parking with the snow, though.

Winter (or Spring that feels like Winter) is also a good time of the year to head to Tirrell Pond. It's a relatively easy gentle downhill grade into Tirrell Pond from the Blue Mountain trailhead, and even though it's uphill on the way out, that hike isn't bad either. Either lean-to is a nice spot to camp, there's also a nice designated tent site mid-way down the pond on the west shore. The big advantage to heading to Tirrell this time of year is that you won't be competing with the float plane traffic that can increase use of that pond during the summer.

Bear Lake, Gull Lake, and Chub Pond in the Black River Wild Forest are also nice, but I'm not sure how much snowmobile traffic there still is in those areas (these are all on trails open to snowmobiles in Winter).

Middle Settlement and Middle Branch Lakes in the Ha-De-Ron-Dah are also nice, although Middle Branch is right on the water and faces west, so if there's a cold wind blowing off the lake it could be a bit less comfortable here. Both can be moderately popular in the Summer, so this time of year wouldn't be a bad time to visit these areas either.

Similarly, Queer Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness can be popular in Summer as well, so going there now could be nice.

I hope this is helpful. Enjoy!
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Old 04-18-2018, 11:22 AM   #3
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Finished my NPT segmented journey at Tirell and stayed there last year as well in a fourth effort to climb Blue....never made the top, always rainy slippery.

Never did Blue Ridge, googling now that I'm out of my meetings for the day.

Thinking Middle Settlement, that was suggested to another poster a few weeks back. I'll have a tent so no issues with the wind from the west.

Thank you so much!!
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:44 AM   #4
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well...everyone bailed last night. Apparently rain & snow are issues

Still thinking of going.

Btw, been to Chubb, late fall a few years back. We saw a float plane land as I hit the lean to. The family that "owns" the other , more notorious lean to was bringing in supplies.

There was a big wall tent at the junction of the trail with the lake with a motion sensor alarm, scared the daylights out of us. Not sure if it was theirs.

Very nice people though, the whole family was hunting in the area as we were hiking through. They all looked like Orvis or Filson models. We did go look at the lean to out of curiosity and they offered us lunch. Been in the family since the day Kennedy was assassinated, (they walked out of the woods to that news).

Not trying to start an argument but I did not agree w/Bauers anti-rant about them.
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