Hi all. Weather up north on Friday is calling for heavy rains and severe storms- so I cancelled my overnight trip to Boreas and instead will explore wakely and sprague ponds on Saturday. They are small ponds just inside the moose river plains area with good wildlife opportunities and probably solitude as most head to the larger cedar river flow.
No carry needed to get to wakely, sprague is a 0.4 mile carry.
Meet at the sprague pond trailhead, cedar river rd in Indian Lake 8am. Let me know if you need more details
On this adventure I plan to launch my hornbeck at the boat launch on eagle lake. There's a short paddle across to reach an informal trail to gooseneck pond. Looks to be about 1/2 mile portage - uphill. I've never been to this spot so don't know exact conditions - I doubt it's wheelable. Once reaching gooseneck it's about 2.5 miles around the perimeter then I'll head back.
If you like exploring and the adventure of the unknown come join!
The 'how to find us' doesn't allow me to put exact location in so please use this link for the boat launch location https://goo.gl/maps/F7rKewT7zy92
This is a great beginners trip. The amazing mountain views and beauty of this lake is sure to get you hooked on adirondack paddling!
We will start at the 'upper works' trailhead in the ghost town known as Tahawus. From there it's an easy 0.3 mile walk on a dirt road to the lake. This is a prime place to use those portage wheels if you have them. If not the trip is short enough we can shuttle boats to the water.
We will paddle at a leisurely pace and can tailor the distance to the comfort level of the group. Max distance will be about 5 miles if we paddle the entire perimeter.
Meeting time will be 7:30 AM at Clifton Park park-and-ride, or if you prefer meet us up at the trailhead parking lot around 9:30 AM. Please let me know which you intend to do in advance.
Stratford Lake :
This is a very popular hiking destination due to its beauty, clear water and attractive rock ledges. So we may see lots of people on the trail and at the beginning of the lake but I'm hoping we can lose the crowds by bringing in our canoes and getting out on the water. There is a 0.9 mile carry in to the lake- I do not know if it's wheelable. Advise you to bring wheels if you have them, but be prepared to hand carry. It will be about 3 miles of paddling to cover the circumference of the lake.
This destination has been canceled twice due to weather. So I'm going to try one more time!
I scoped it out on foot a few weeks ago. There's a 0.3 mile carry to this quiet scenic remote little lake. Wheels or a cart do not look to be feasible here. Total paddle distance will probably be around 4 miles. We can meet at the Schenectady park n ride or at the lake- ask me for directions.
This is reportedly a very handsome lake with attractive shorelines. We will carry our boats in on a 0.7 mile trail, then paddle the perimeter of the lake and also explore the inlet stream which will likely require carrying over beaver dams. I have not paddled this lake , I'm assuming portage wheels won't work too well on this trail but I could be wrong so bring them if you have them. But be prepared to hand carry if needed. Estimated total paddling distance is 4 miles.
If you prefer to meet up near the lake instead of Clifton park let me know.