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    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed McKenzie Mountain Loop - Jack Rabbit Trail to SOA

    almost 5 years ago

    Excellent hike!!!!! We completed McKenzie as part of the Saranac Winter 6r series on a perfect day - sunny, blue skies and 10 degrees. We started off at 1960 ' on the Jack-Rabbit trail near the Whiteface Lodge, headed towards McKenzie hiking 3.9 miles (lots of side trail to check out) over several false peaks on the way to the 3861' summit. Just below the summit we ran into another hiker who offered up a loop trail option which we thought would be fun ... it was, but it was a challenge. After completing the hike we headed over to ring the bell !!

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Winn Preserve

    almost 5 years ago

    We enjoyed a nice walk along the trails in the preserve today - great day for a snowshoe hike. We enjoyed the stone walls. Very little topo for those who want to bring young kids.

    Deb Osterhoudt completed Winn Preserve Loop Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt added Winn Preserve

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt updated Spruce Mountain Firetower

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Spruce Mountain Firetower

    almost 5 years ago

    Recent snow with ~12' plus for much of the upper "trail", 15 degrees, light wind, overcast. There are three ways to the summit - a sled trail, an old logging road trail and the way we went which was a combination of the old logging road to a bushwack to the tower, then down the sled trail for 200' to a bushwack for the rest of it. This was a tough bushwack due to the heavy snow (over a foot) and the significant amount of blow down in some areas and logging debris in others (gets caught up in snowshoes). The tower area is nice but the only views (in winter) are along various peek out spots during the hike. Should have been about 2.25 miles but we made it 2.5 and about 2 hours long with our route.

    Deb Osterhoudt completed Spruce Mountain Firetower

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Tabletop via VanHoevenberg Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic hike! At 4427', the 10.6 round trip hike to Tabletop (ADK peak #19) was our sons first winter high peak. It was 20 degrees and heavy snow at parking with a forecast to drop throughout the day down to 5 degrees by 4pm so we started out our day at the TH at 9:30 with plans to hike Tabletop and if we had time we would also do Phelps on the way out. We took our time and enjoyed our hike in and up to the summit and had enough time to easily make it out in the daylight but we decided not to push it and come back for Phelps later. The sun broke through for a few moments on the way out to let us know this was the right choice for the day.

    Deb Osterhoudt updated Cascade to Porter Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Black Mountain Loop

    almost 5 years ago

    This was an excellent hike! A perfect January day - 34 degrees, no wind and full sun! We enjoyed the hike up and were glad we had spikes on for the steeper sections as they had a thick coating of ice. The rest of the trail had very limited amounts of snow. Its only about an hour up to a very scenic summit. On the way down the southern side toward Black and Lapland Ponds there were several views, exposed rock and very little snow until we reached the base trail. A very enjoyable hike, can't wait to go back.

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Santee Bike/Hike Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Each year we drive down to visit with family in the Charleston area and also head down to Florida. This park is a favorite stop of ours to get out and spend a day taking a break and exploring the trails. The kids absolutely love the easy going trail. We enjoy playing "pinecone baseball" with the large pinecones along the nature trail and always wrap up by playing at the playground for a while.

    Deb Osterhoudt completed Santee Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Wilson M Powell Wildlife Preserve

    almost 5 years ago

    Really enjoyed this trail system - the fall colors were fantastic, lots of wildlife to see and such great views for only a little climbing. A very well kept preserve.

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Ooms Conservation Area

    almost 5 years ago

    Enjoyed a few nice family hikes through this preserve.

    Deb Osterhoudt completed Sutherland Pond Trail Loop

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt added Ooms Conservation Area

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Hand Hollow Conservation Area

    almost 5 years ago

    We have hiked and snowshoed the trails in the preserve - always fun. We have also been treated to a variety of bird sightings and beavers along the way. Great trails for kids and a good place for an afternoon picnic.

    Deb Osterhoudt completed Myosotis Lake Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Huyck Preserve Trail System

    almost 5 years ago

    We have hiked through this preserve several times in a few different season - always something to see. Great trails, great waterfalls and a perfect preserve for kids.

    Deb Osterhoudt updated Huyck Preserve Trail System

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt updated Kane Mountain Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Cheney Pond to Boreas (Lester Flow) Paddle

    almost 5 years ago

    This was a great paddle! We enjoyed a nice afternoon on the water between Cheney Pond and the Boreas/Lester Flow. The channel between the two was very low due to the beavers so we carried the kayaks through and then started down the Boreas. The Boreas was really cold but not too cold where we couldn't walk in it to get through the low spots and over the beaver dams. Great afternoon with incredible views.

    Deb Osterhoudt reviewed Kayaderosseras Creek Paddle

    almost 5 years ago

    We enjoyed a nice paddle down the Kayoderosseras Creek when the water as low. There were a few trees down after a large storm and with the water being low it required us to get out and port through the low areas but it was not bad a t all. the paddle was very relaxing. We pulled out just before the outlet to Saratoga Lake.

    Deb Osterhoudt completed Ampersand Mountain Trail

    almost 5 years ago