Adirondack Spring Hiking Continued

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kwc

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On Thursday, 5/21, I chose to hike to Wilcox Lake in the southern Adirondacks. Another beautiful day. No bugs on the trail, black flies were swarming at the lake with a few landing to bite.

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first stream crossing over Tennant Creek (on an old snowmobile bridge)
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more old boardwalk through a wet area
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the trail reaches East Stoney Creek and follows the creek for about 3.5 miles
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yes, more white trilliums ... I love these flowers
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an old metal trail marker ... the Conservation Department was remained Dept of Environmental Conservation in 1970
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the trail cuts through the woods above the creek
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a rock hopping stream crossing along the way ... there were several of these
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some really cool delicate flowers along the trail (I still have to look them up for identification)
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trail junction
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crossing East Stoney Creek on a suspension bridge
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the view upstream from the bridge
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the view downstream from the bridge
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after about a mile after crossing the bridge and climbing over the shoulder of Wilcox Mountain, you arrive at Wilcox Lake
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after reaching the lake you follow a trail to the left for about a quarter mile to Lean-to #2 (the lean-to is in great shape and well cared for by its adopter)
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a view from the shoreline below the lean-to
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I believe this was a moose track in the mud along the trail by the lake
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a look back at the bridge as I headed back to the trail head
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the hike out was uneventful ... 10.6 miles r/t ... ran into two backpackers on the trail (they were heading out) and a couple backpackers showed up at the lean-to as I was getting ready to leave. Another great day to be out in the woods!
 

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Maybe I'm weird, but I think it is cool to see a 50+ year old trail marker :)
 

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Maybe I'm weird, but I think it is cool to see a 50+ year old trail marker :)
Nope, you’re not weird at all!! I love finding these old markers. Many of them have been folded into the trees as the trees grew. I have a few pictures of them & I’ll have to post them later.
 

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a couple pics of old trail markers being “swallowed” by the tree they were nailed to.
 

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