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Old 10-07-2021, 07:36 PM   #1
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Eagle Pond, WLWF, 7 Oct, 2021

Looking at the weather report last night, I decided I had to head out into the woods today. I didn't have much time and needed a short walk close to home. It also had to have a lot of interesting features. Eagle Pond in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest fit the bill nicely.

Arriving early at the Rt. 8 trailhead, I quickly shouldered my pack and headed up the unmarked path. The path climbs steeply for the first third of a mile, but is well maintained.

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After climbing around 300', the first beaver meadow is a good distraction and a great place to explore the old dam, creek and meadow. The spider webs were magical in the early morning fog.

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The path is still easy to follow for another .4 miles as it climbs another 100' to the second beaver meadow. This feature was dry the last time I was here and it looks like the beavers are back at it.

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This is where the path gets a little sketchy. Once I was finished exploring the beaver pond, I tried to find the path again for the final push to Eagle Pond. I may have been on it for a few minutes, but it was quickly lost due to heavy brush and steep terrain. No matter, I could hear the outlet stream on my right and knew I was coming to one of the highlights of the walk; the Boulder Rock designated campsite. The boulder is massive (the size of a two story house) and I wonder if the bouldering crowd had found it yet? Looks like fun.

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While exploring the boulder, I remember what a wise man told me, "Every once in while, look up".

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After basking in the majesty of the Boulder Rock, I made the final push to Eagle Pond. Remembering to come in high and stay away from the marshy shoreline until the last minute, I hit the designated campsite right on the money.

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The leaky old boat is still there and no, I didn't take it out for a spin. I stayed at the pond for about an hour basking in the sun and watching a very large beaver check me out from across the pond. As a bonus, several large flocks of geese were noisily winging their way south.

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I was starting to get a little hungry, so I knew it was time to set out for the ledges; my lunch spot for today. Setting the appropriate compass heading and trying to stay on course required vigilance, but I soon arrived at the ledges on Harrington Mt. The views were intense.

Due west were the Blue Hills

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To the north was Black Mt.

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Between Black and Blue was County Line Mt. rising up from the heart of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.

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The view certainly made my sandwich taste better, but soon it was time to move on down the hill. Again, setting up the proper compass heading, I carefully picked my way down the steep hillside intersecting the path near the first beaver meadow. Then it was just a hop, skip and a jump back down to Rt. 8. Every year, I try to get into the woods at peak foliage. This year, I think I nailed it.
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Old 10-08-2021, 05:53 AM   #2
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Wow - touch 'em all! This is fabulous.
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Old 10-08-2021, 07:22 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. I hope you all are able to get out this weekend and enjoy the beautiful colors.
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:01 PM   #6
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Beautiful..thx for sharing the trip
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