Wednesday April 18
New loop trail, Danby SF
We set out pretty much planning to do a standard ‘walk-in, turn around, walk-back’ hike on two familiar trails, the FLT past the Chestnut lean-to and the north leg of the Abbott Loop — but then when we were part way up the Abbott Loop leg, we decided to push on instead of turning around — that way we’d reach Bald Hill Road and then be able to follow that north right back to the cars — creating a true loop.
Big success! — many of our regulars prefer a loop walk to an in-and-out one in principle — now this new loop can become a regular part of our repertory. It also solves a strenuousness problem — the walk up the north leg of the Abbott Loop is very attractive but a certified killer — now we can start the loop by walking down this killer segment — we’ll come back up to Bald Hill Road on the much easier Chestnut lean-to trail.
Of course this isn’t actually a “new” loop at all — it’s been sitting there in front of our noses all along — I just failed to notice it for many years
Official head count: 16H, two D
Sat April 21
Kennedy SF, Virgil
Sunday April 22
4 Mile Loop, Connecticut Hill WMA – with Dave G