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Old 03-24-2019, 03:58 PM   #1
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Catamount Foiled 3/24/19

Woke up in LP for a planned snowshoe of Catamount this morning. Spectacular day, blue sky, 30 degrees driving by WF at 845am, and minimal wind, what a difference a day makes.

First vehicle in the parking lot about 920am. First to sign in. Two smaller groups from Saturday 3/23 registered, from QC.

So - snowmobile fresh tracks from parking area into the woods. Yea! No breaking trail! Sled turned left on the sled path (gated, open) at 0.4 Next 0.2 was good, mostly on top of the path the two groups took yesterday. Our snow shoes during their job.

At about 0.6, the yellow DEC markers stop. They end. Options - a right turn over a new, non-handrail bridge, no tracks....nothing. Straight ahead up about 50 vertical feet. Then....still nothing ahead. No markers. Previous SS tracks go left. Hmm, map says go right, but not yet. Still under 1700 feet elevation, map says straight. No trail. Go about 5 minutes left, hearing about reroutes through research. Really just hit the private properly line and followed it N/ NW.

Turn around, 2 more groups of 2 each. Cross the bridge. Maybe a new trail? No markers. Anywhere. Bottom line, after over an hour or hour fifteen, turned around. Multiple groups breaking trail, bushwacking, straight up, or over bridge then straight up. No markers anywhere. Oh - here comes back the group that followed the N NW tracks. Back again. Not that. No idea where the 2 QC groups from yesterday went.

Back at car 90 minutes total. Was a good walk in the woods. so much snow up there.

What's Up with the Trail? Where is it? Why the Abrupt ending of Markers? None one new trail? None on old trail? Where is any trail? Will go back in Spring after snow/before bugs. Where is the trail? And no, the ascent cant be over 2300 as the new DEC sign says. Is the summit really 1.8 miles away? So many questions.
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:53 PM   #2
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If this is the Black Brook area Catamount there is new trail/s and bridge/s before one reaches the creek coming down from between the two summits.
I saw them being built and rerouted two summers ago.
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:20 PM   #3
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It is the BB area. Small (ten foot long) bridge, actually planks, take off to the right (East) at about 0.6' in, less than 1700' elevation. All yellow disks stop here too.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:13 PM   #4
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I haven't been there in a couple years. I know there has been a lot of work done there. 1.8 miles sounds right; 2300' is definitely wrong (it's more like 1600).

Trails can be hard to follow in winter, but this sounds like a botched re-route. (Wouldn't be the first.) Curious to hear what you find when you go back...
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Old 04-12-2019, 08:14 AM   #5
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I checked it out yesterday. The reroute crosses the referenced bridge, reaches the right bank of the brook and parallels that for a little over 100 yds before swinging left and across the slope to the property line. Then along the property line for a bit before angling back to join the old, straight-up-the-slope trail just before the brook crossing. I continued up to just short of the knob before the chimney pitch where a wall of ice stopped me, but I wasn't planning on summiting anyway. Several lines of flagging to the right of the trail indicate that some future work is planned.

There are no markers, so I can see how it would be difficult to find when covered with snow.
Every time that wheel turns round, bound to measure just a little more ground.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:20 AM   #6
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Thanks Tony!
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