|Looking across Copperas Pond|
Date of Summit: 12/11/2010
Distance: 3.4 miles (round-trip)
Trip Time: 2 hrs
Ascent: a whopping 174 ft
Temperature: 34 degrees fahrenheit
It felt SO GOOD to be back down in the park. After almost 7 months of no hikes in the Adirondacks, I was beginning to feel ashamed to even still have this blog. This all changed today, thanks to a visit from my in-laws. While the ladies took in all that Lake Placid had to offer (ie: shopped), Byron and I explored a little gem of a trail just a few miles northeast of Lake Placid. I discovered this short hike via Day Hikes for All Seasons by Bruce Wadsworth, my go-to book for whenever guests come to visit the north country and are looking for a relaxing jaunt in the park to fill an afternoon.
|Map from "Day Hikes for All Seasons" by Bruce Wadsworth|
|Snow Collected Around Buds|
|Such Soft Snow|
What a beautiful hike this was! The trail was gradual and easy-going and there was hardly a need for more than hiking boots (in fact, snowshoes would have made it harder to hike, but Byron used his new Kahtoola MICROspikes, which definitely helped). Every half-mile, a pond would greet you, sitting at the base of a small peak and crying to have its picture taken. We did just this for the first pond we came across - Owen Pond - which is accompanied by one of the Sentinel Mountains as its backdrop. I thought I'd test the strength of the ice on the pond, only to instantly find my right leg about knee-deep in icy water (thankfully, my gaiters and waterproof boots stopped most of the water from ruining my day).
|Panoramic of Owen Pond|
We continued on to the next destination - Copperas Pond - where we planned to take a break at the lean-to overlooking the water. On our way, we ran into a hunter and his dog, who had been on the search for snowshoe hare that morning. It felt a bit strange to run into a hunter during the hike, seeing him stand on the trail with his gun, but I quickly realized that he was out there for many of the same reasons we were - to enjoy the wilderness on a beautiful day. After saying goodbye, we continued on to Copperas Pond. It was an equally majestic sight, with a small lean-to tucked into the hillside, across the pond.
|Not a bad lean-to site on Copperas Pond...|
|Walking back to the car, from Copperas Pond|