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Old 01-28-2010, 01:13 AM   #1
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Cranberry Lake 50 trail

I'm planning on doing the Cranberry Lake 50 trail this spring. How is the middle to end of May for doing this trail? Is the trail exactly 50 miles? I am planning on doing it over the course of 3 or 4 days, how long do most people take when doing the entire trail at once?
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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If you do a search on here, there is lots of info on the trail:

Middle to end of May, in my opinion, would be one of the worse times of year to hike it. Mainly because of the mud and the bugs that will both be out in full force. If you don't mind those things, then go for it! The temps should be nice, and you'll get lots of Spring color. The last trip report talks about bugs and such.

It is exactly 50 miles if you do it the way they suggest. You can add a little more by taking some side trips, such as Cat Mountain and Bear Mountain.

You can pretty easily do it over 3 or 4 days, depending on your physical condition. I think that most people take between 3 and 6 days to do the trail.

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Old 01-28-2010, 11:33 AM   #3
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May would be brutal due to the black flies (as mentioned above). Many campsites and leantos are near water, making it even more of a problem.

In an effort to avoid black flies and use the only free week I was going to have, I did the trail in March. The snow varried from nonexistant to very deep, depending on slope and shade. During the days, it climbed above freezing, however nights were teens or single digits. Finding a time in the middle might be the way to go if you really want to do it in the spring. If now, wait until late september of october.

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Old 01-28-2010, 08:45 PM   #4
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I am also planning on doing this hike this year. I want to avoid the bugs and late summer is my favorite time to do a long hike, but I'm so anxious to do this hike that I'm not sure I can wait. We'll have to see where I fit it in.
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