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Old 02-08-2016, 05:19 PM   #1
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Extract Brook, SPWA, 8 Feb 2016

Tredhed and I had some time today for a short hike after doing some winter maintenance on the cabin. The hike up Extract Brook in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area was a perfect stretch of the legs. I haven't been here for a couple of years and this was Tredhed's first visit.

Since we were in the Tredhed-Mobile, we parked at the Rt. 8 parking area adjacent to Teachout Rd. (photo 1). The road turned out to be plowed and sanded very well and would have been no problem for the Honda. A short walk down Teachout Rd. brought us past the falls, over the bridge and to the site of the Griffin Tannery.

The bushwhack from the tannery site to Extract Brook was fairly easy (photo 2). The property boundary was well marked and easy to stay on the right side of the yellow paint. We did note a large number of deer tracks in the area and were lucky enough for a couple deer to pose for us as we passed through their yard (photo 3).

After about 15 minutes of skirting the private land, we arrived at Extract Brook and began walking up the path (photo 4). The path extends upstream for a little over a mile from the edge of the private land (photo 5). The stream narrows considerably just before the path crosses to the other side and disappears in the brush (photo 6). One of the highlights of the walk were the ice formations on the stream (photo 7, 8). They were subtle, yet stunning.

After a short break at the end of the trail, we retraced our steps and made it back to the car. We probably walked about 4 miles total and traction aids helped as the woods were icy. It would have been very slippery without them. As far as we could tell, we were the only people who had walked back here since the snow fell as the only tracks we saw were from the local deer population. A late lunch stop at George Henry's in Warrensburg capped off a great day in the woods.
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:49 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:13 AM   #3
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Nice day. We hiked Extract early this winter and had a nice convo with the guy who lives at the end of the road.

Also, just last week, we skied the old road to Auger Falls and beyond. When snowmobile use is light, this is a great novice ski. We also met and had a nice convo with the couple who are rebuilding the cabin on the old road.
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Also, just last week, we skied the old road to Auger Falls and beyond. When snowmobile use is light, this is a great novice ski. We also met and had a nice convo with the couple who are rebuilding the cabin on the old road.
I love the Griffin approach to Auger Falls. No sleds on the trail yesterday. Good to see someone's getting some use out of that old cabin.
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