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Old 12-13-2018, 08:18 PM   #1
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Cotter Brook falls, WLWF, 13 Dec, 2018

Today, Tredhed and I did our annual "shakedown" hike at one of our favorite little trailheads in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. After some light maintenance at the Hamilton County Mosquito Preserve, we hit the Georgia Creek trailhead on Rt.8 just outside of Wells.

Quickly putting on our snowshoes and cinching up our packs, we headed up the trail to sign in at the lightly used register. The blue disked trail climbed a hundred feet to a junction with the Georgia Creek trail and an abandoned snowmobile trail.

When we were last here, 363 days ago ( , we turned left to follow the Georgia Creek trail. Today, we turned right to follow the abandoned snowmobile trail down the hill towards Georgia Creek.

The bridge that was here during my last visit in the spring of 2015 was long gone. Only the ice on Georgia Creek and the numerous tag alders greeted us this day. Fortunately, Tredhed was able to find a great ice bridge across the brook and we were soon on our way up a most beautiful trail.

Along the way, we noticed an unauthorized and unpermitted dwelling on state land

Having no cell service, we decided to call DEC later on this egregious infraction.

Soon enough, it was time to turn off the trail and explore the small, 6' waterfall on Cotter Brook.

While the falls were almost completely frozen, they made a good place to check our troubles and forget about the hectic holiday season for a few minutes.

All that was left to do was retrace our steps back to Rt. 8 and head on out. It was a great couple hours in the woods testing our snowshoes and reacquainting ourselves with the intricacies of crossing blowdown, turning around, backing up and generally not falling on our butts. To celebrate our success, we hoisted a pint of Fiddlehead IPA at George Henry's in Warrensburg. Huzzah!
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:22 PM   #2
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Always great to visit old favorite haunts, and it just so happens I might be doing the same tomorrow not too far from there.
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:48 PM   #3
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Once a year, go some where you've never been before.
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Old 12-14-2018, 07:11 AM   #4
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Nice! Love me some fiddlehead.
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:38 AM   #5
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It doesn't have to be a long trip to be a good one. I'm also going to scream "Historical Preservation" to keep that building on state land!
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Old 12-14-2018, 10:39 AM   #6
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great day to be out between friends.

That's all for now. Take care and until next well.

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