Hiking in the South Central Adirondacks

kwc

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We hiked the Botheration Pond Loop trails today in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. Temps in the low 60s, some breezes, mix of sun and clouds, and the bugs weren't too bad overall.

Early trail
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some pretty tall trees along the trail
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the trail as we approached Old Farm Clearing ... this was the road to a farm that was abandoned in the 1920s
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East Branch of the Sacandaga River - we had to rock hop across as the bridge was long gone
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Here's what's left of the bridge over the East Branch ...
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Another bridge further down the trail as we crossed back over the East Branch ... this bridge has seen better days for sure!
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view upstream from the bridge
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further upstream the beavers have dammed the river in a couple spots and created a vly
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Loon on Botheration Pond
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This was probably once a flooded beaver pond that has mostly drained out now ... the trail skirts around the edge of this
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Another vly further along the trail ... it's all wetland in the grasses & the bullfrogs were very vocal here
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looking back to the vly as we traveled down the trail
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William Blake Pond ... note the large beaver lodge in the middle of the pond
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Although the early trail photos portray a nice trail, once we turned off the trail to Old Farm Clearing and headed towards the ponds the trail changed considerably. It was apparent that this trail wasn't highly used. We didn't see any other people until we were almost out to the trailhead where we met two small groups of hikers.
 
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