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Old 07-02-2018, 02:27 PM   #21
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Just got back from a 5 day trip through the PLW - Crane-Crab-Clear-Grizzle Ocean and Pharaoh Lake. Trails were in good shape except for some blow down from Clear to Grizzle and from Pharaoh Lake to Hay Meadow. Bugs (mostly mosquitoes and some deer flies) were not real bad except in low-lying, wet areas. Here is a link to some photos from the trip: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mgs6QdxxeKzJsLWi9
Lean-tos were empty, looks like. Did you use one, or tent it?
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:53 PM   #22
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I was in hammock camping, but stayed at the Clear Pond and Split Rock Leanto sites. Both were empty, as was Lilypad and Grizzle Ocean.
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:56 PM   #23
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Nice photos, especially the ones from Split Rock Bay!
I was at Crane Sat-Sun.
Thanks Justin. Crane was pretty busy when I came out Friday morning. Split Rock was a nice place to be when the weather cleared. I hope we get to meet up sometime.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:09 PM   #24
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Wow nice photos! Did you camp at Crab Pond?
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:18 PM   #25
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Great photos!! Thanks for sharing ...
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:51 PM   #26
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Absolutely beautiful!

I can almost hear the mosquitos at the Grizzle Ocean marsh.
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Wow nice photos! Did you camp at Crab Pond?
Thanks very much. Yes, at the campsite on the far east end. My neighbors (the bullfrogs) were noisy all night!
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Absolutely beautiful!

I can almost hear the mosquitos at the Grizzle Ocean marsh.
Thanks very much! They all came out to welcome me!
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:46 PM   #29
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:15 PM   #30
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Thanks very much. Yes, at the campsite on the far east end. My neighbors (the bullfrogs) were noisy all night!
Nice! I camped there a few weeks ago. Bullfrogs, loons, owls, whitetail deer, weasels.... I've never seen nor heard as much wildlife in one spot before. That's a nice campsite too.
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No loons or weasels (that I know of) when I was there. There was a beaver that cruised by a couple of times and slapped his tail at me.

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Anyone know about the current conditions in PLWA, especially around the ponds? Is everything still frozen? How much snow pack, ice? Trail conditions? I have next week off and might have some time to get up there. Thanks
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Anyone know about the current conditions in PLWA, especially around the ponds? Is everything still frozen? How much snow pack, ice? Trail conditions? I have next week off and might have some time to get up there. Thanks
Not sure whatís happened in the past few days but last weekend I was an exit north in the Hammond Pond region and there was still about a foot of snow in the woods with patches of bare ground in the south facing open areas. Streams are a runniní!
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Crab Pond

I was looking at my map of the PLWA and noticed another Crab Pond (south of Whortleberry) and just north of Little Stevens Mountain. Has anyone been there? Justin? Is it worth a visit? The map shows a trail; does it exist? If so, is it marked?
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Tredhed and I visited this Crab Pond back in '17

http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.php?t=24763

It was a pretty decent trail, although there was some beaver flooding early on. Once past the flooded section, it was no problem getting to the nice campsite on the peninsula.

Justin or DSettahr probably has some more detailed info on the area.
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Crab Pond (south of Whortleberry) and just north of Little Stevens Mountain. Has anyone been there? Justin?
Yup.
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Justin, light or dark?

John, if you want a Spring break trip in the ADK, have you considered looking in the Lake George Wild Forest instead? It was brought up here: http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.php?t=25861, look at DSettahr's second post. If you are going during the week I think you'll find s Tongue Range travers to be pretty quiet. The 3 kids and I did it mid week later last September, just an out and back from the Clay Meadow TH, and we found it to be exceptionally quiet. We passed by just one couple the whole time, and saw no one on the ridgeline even though we spent a lot of the morning sightseeing.

As per dsettahr's post, I think you'd find all of the ridgeline and most of the uphill approach to be dry, at least from Clay Meadow there's just a short section in the beginning that will probably be muddy. Not sure about the approach from the north, Deer Leap.

I've been getting feedback that for example in the Blue Ridge there's still snowpack and ice in the interior lakes, I'd expect the Lake George area next week to be pretty good, added bonus the trees might be starting to bud leaves.

Either way, have fun, and of course keep us updated with a TR!
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John, if you want a Spring break trip in the ADK, have you considered looking in the Lake George Wild Forest instead? It was brought up here: http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.php?t=25861, look at DSettahr's second post. If you are going during the week I think you'll find s Tongue Range travers to be pretty quiet. The 3 kids and I did it mid week later last September, just an out and back from the Clay Meadow TH, and we found it to be exceptionally quiet. We passed by just one couple the whole time, and saw no one on the ridgeline even though we spent a lot of the morning sightseeing.

As per dsettahr's post, I think you'd find all of the ridgeline and most of the uphill approach to be dry, at least from Clay Meadow there's just a short section in the beginning that will probably be muddy. Not sure about the approach from the north, Deer Leap.

I've been getting feedback that for example in the Blue Ridge there's still snowpack and ice in the interior lakes, I'd expect the Lake George area next week to be pretty good, added bonus the trees might be starting to bud leaves.

Either way, have fun, and of course keep us updated with a TR!
Great suggestion, thanks very much. Unfortunately, the wife has me on yard work duty and then a bunch of other things this week so my trip plans got cancelled. I am hoping to take a personal day in a couple of weeks for 3 day trip, so perhaps the conditions will change a bit. Regardless, thanks to you guys, I now have a couple of destinations to consider. Thanks again.
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Now I remember watching this video. I love that Jenny took a swim any chance she got. I think I will bring my pack raft in with me when I go, looks like both Crab and Whortleberry would be good to paddle around on. I will have to investigate the fishing too. Looks like good places to hang my Ridgerunner on both ponds. Thanks Justin.
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