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Old 07-17-2020, 02:59 PM   #12
Festus
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Well, too late, you asked for it! Here's some history and beta on following this section of the original Chapel Pond Pass Road cut through this area in 1812 by the state of New York. It would make for a scenic bushwacking exercise for an idle fall day (great for avoiding people). Needless to say, a map and compass helps.....Park at the Round Pond Parking Lot and start up the trail to Round Pond (this trail is the old 1812 roadbed and was how the road from Chapel Pond bypassed the boulder-choked Pass ahead). About 50 feet past the sign-in register, notice the piled up boulders on the right. This is where an old (circa 1905) logging road cuts across the trail heading diagonally up from rt. 73, traversing way high above the parking lot... Continuing on, where the hiking trail stops climbing and flattens out 3 minutes from rt. 73, you might be able to discern where the old 1812 Road leaves the hiking trail and parallels it just to the right on the flats. In another 3-5 minutes, at a spot where you scramble up through a bouldery area, the 1812 road can be clearly seen just to the right of the hiking trail. It avoids the bouldery area by passing it on the right and it can be followed 40 feet above the hiking trail for several minutes where it soon descends and rejoins the hiking trail. A few minutes past this, where the new section of hiking trail turns right due to recent beaver activity, the road follows the old hiking trail to a very small creek (usually dry) where it leaves the hiking trail by heading straight at this point. The 1812 road stays to the left of the on again, off again beaver area but it is very grown in here and the road is usually lost for the next 5-10 minutes as it bypasses the beaver area. It becomes obvious again as you crest the small hill and start heading down towards the Bullet Pond plateau as it was cut into the slope as you head fairly steeply down. Bullet Pond supposedly got it's name as in the olden days, locals practiced target practice in that area, away from town where they wouldn't bother anyone (according to the now deceased Adrian Edmonds). The old road parallels the current rt. 73, passing north of the 2000 foot hill that is located on the north shore of Round Pond (called Stoney Mountain in the 1800s) on the flat plateau. The road heads left across this plateau and follows along its edge, northeast of Bullet Pond which is out of site but nearby...The road follows the plateau for about a mile (rockwork can occasionally be seen defining the road) and eventually it passes through a swampy area and joins the Twin Pond outlet brook a little downstream of an old logging camp, about 15 minutes above where it joins the North Fork of the Boquet. At a cleared spot where an old cabin once existed, the road crosses the outlet stream and ascends to a plateau above the stream. The old road parallels the stream as it follows it downstream towards the East Dix Herd trail and the popular swimming hole, Shoebox. The 1812 Road leaves the outlet stream 50 feet above and before the well used East Dix herd trail which is on an old logging road high above Shoebox swimming hole. the old road crosses a plateau just above the herd trail and then angles down joining and following the herd trail for 30 feet or so. It leaves the obvious logging road/herd trail and heads down and joins the Boquet where it follows it upstream for another 60 feet or so. At a spot approximately 100 feet above Shoebox hole, the old 1812 road crosses the North Fork on, what was, a high bridge which used a large streamside boulder on the far bank as a support. It then climbed the hogback following the current trail to Rhododendron Pond and on past beautiful Beaver Ponds, the South Fork of the Boquet, Lindsey Brook and eventually, Sharp bridge where it joined the 1789 state road to Schroon Lake...Following it when the leaves are mostly down (spring or fall) helps tremendously...

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