Thursday, February 14, 2008

Snowshoeing - Nine-Cornered Lake

After yesterday's icy mess, skiing wasn't looking so good, so we decided to go snowshoeing instead. When we arrived at the trailhead for Broomstick Lake, our destination, the parking area was not plowed, and parking on NY10 was just not an option. So we backtracked to the ample and clear parking area for Nine-Cornered Lake instead. We'd been to this lake in the summer, and had carried in an inflatable boat to explore it, but had never been here in winter before. The 0.9 mile walk to the eastern end of the lake was on a well-packed snowmobile trail, and only took about 30 minutes.

So we continued down the south side of the lake, still on the snowmobile trail, but it was only lightly used now. Yesterday's ice and snow was clinging to everything, and really weighing down the evergreens.

Reached a prominent promontory overlooking the lake, and watched the sun play on the snow-covered trees across the way.

Instead of retracing our steps on the snowmobile trail back to the end of the lake, we decided to bushwhack along the shoreline with no trail, and eventually met the snowmobile trail back at the point where we had originally reached the lake earlier. We were out for about 2 hours on a very nice day, much better than yesterday.

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