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Old 09-25-2019, 06:29 PM   #1
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Indian Pond/Baldwin Spring, WLWF, 25 Sep, 2019

Today's adventure was a long bumpy drive up the West Stony Creek Rd. in Thurman to explore the Indian Pond trail deep in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest.

Tredhed stopped by the house early and we hit the road before the school buses.

An hour and a half later, we were at the trailhead on the extremely rocky and rutted West Stony Creek Rd.



The trail generally goes north from the "road" but doesn't exactly follow what the topo map indicates.

The first section takes us next to a large swampy area with great views of Long Tom Ridge.



A strategic placement of a board helps cross the outlet of the large marsh.



While the first hundred yards of trail is kind of hard to follow and liberally marked with ribbons...



...the trail eventually opens up into what you'd expect an old snowmobile trail to be.



Within a very short time, we arrived at the stone dam across the Madison Creek.



The view from the dam was pretty nice.



We then walked a hundred yards up the flow to an old campsite.

Needs work, but it is in a great location.



At the shore of the pond, the views of the huge vly and Mt. Blue were spectacular.



After exploring the area for a good hour, Tredhed and I walked back out the one mile to the West Stony Creek Rd.

We drove to the Baldwin Spring designated campsite and explore the area.

After crossing the East Stony Creek...



We walked the 200 yds to the trail hub at Baldwin Spring.



This is the third or fourth time we've been here in the last few years and it's always impressive; especially the cool water flowing from the spring!



Since there was a truck already parked at the Baldwin Spring designated campsite, we got back in the truck and drove back out to the Langworth Creek designated campsite at the old Barber place.

Our lunch location wasn't too bad today.



After our lunch, we walked down to the pond for a quick view of the surrounding area.



Too soon, it was time to head back out over the hill.

The bumpy road was fine for the truck, but as always, I wouldn't recommend it for a low clearance vehicle.

Soon, enough we hit the Wold Pond Rd. and "civilization" where we had this nice view of the Stony Creek as it tumbles out of the hills.

Nuff said.

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Old 09-25-2019, 10:35 PM   #2
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Nice photos & TR, TM.
Yeah that picnic table could definitely use some salvaging attention...looks like there’s just enough parts remaining to work with.
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Nice report! Thanks for sharing ..
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:18 AM   #4
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Yeah that picnic table could definitely use some salvaging attention...looks like there’s just enough parts remaining to work with.
Some para chord and duct tape and it'll be good to go
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:33 AM   #5
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or make it into a tiny leanto for those who live in tiny houses don't feel forgotten
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Was there actually a register in the register box at Baldwin Springs? When I was there a few years ago (to hike into Lizard Pond to camp, that trail was horrendously overgrown), there was no actual book- just a single register sheet that had been filled up with entries going back like 6 or 7 years. Every space had long been filled in, and people had taken to writing in the margins. Someone had written across the top, "real comforting, DEC."

I mentioned it to the AFR that patrols the Siamese Ponds, I think he said he was going to try to get in there with an actual book.
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Everything was where it should be at the Baldwin Spring Transportation Hub.

The new register book was placed there by an AFR a couple months ago and had a dozen or so entries.

The fresh bullet hole under the second "e" in "Preserve" added to the authenticity.



Even the bird poop on the trail signs was new.

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