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Old 05-15-2019, 07:30 PM   #1
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Black Pond, HLWF, 15 May, 2019

It's been a while since I've done anything that warrants a formal ADK Forum trip report. Today, I was on my way to the St. Lawrence valley to help my daughter move back home after her spring semester. Uncle Tredhed accompanied me to help move bins of dirty laundry, chemistry textbooks and assorted college kid stuff. Since we were spending Tuesday night at the Hamilton County Mosquito Preserve, we decided to sneak a hike in on our way north this morning.

After a quick cup of coffee at the cabin, we were on our way up Rt. 30. Immediately, we noticed the snow covered peaks of Pillsbury, Snowy and Blue as the truck chugged it's way north. Our destination today was a pretty low key affair; Black Pond in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest.

We hit the trailhead on Rt. 421 fairly early.

The woods were wet from all the recent rain, but the trail was very well drained as it zig-zagged around some private land.

The well marked trail was relatively flat, with only a few ups and downs. We both noticed that the understory was almost exclusively trout lily. Strange to see so much of it.

After a short and very enjoyable walk, we approached the marshy shore of Black Pond.

We worked our way around to a small peninsula on the east shore and were treated to a great view down the length of the 27 acre pond.

We spend a few minutes basking in the early spring air. The warblers were singing up a storm and it was very peaceful. Soon enough, we had to head back down the trail. Just before the intersection of Rt. 30, we stopped at the Bog River Falls bridge to view the scenery. It was very impressive today.

All that was left to do was drive up to school, fill the truck with dirty laundry and get home in one piece. We took the long way, down Rt 73, admiring the fresh snow on the high peaks. A quick stop at the Noonmark for pie rounded out a great circumnavigation of the Adirondack Park; complete with a nice stretch of the legs at Black Pond.
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:14 AM   #2
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Everywhere I went on the Tug Hill last week was a blaze of trout lily, with quite a few white and burgundy trillium also making a showing.

"The Hamilton County Mosquito Preserve," I like that, but I thought all of Hamilton County (and most of Herkimer and Essex) was a mosquito preserve

Nice trip and great pix, as always!
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Lucky!

Trout Lily and Trilium were everywhere. It was great to see so many of them.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:04 PM   #4
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Nice report & photos Mag, thanks for sharing.
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