A Misguided Snowshoe Hike

My friend Skip & I decided to get a little exercise on Super Sunday and snowshoe to the confluence of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River and the Pisceco Lake Outlet as a scouting trip for a longer expedition planned for the summer.  We had heard of a fisherman’s trail through the woods that may or may not have been marked by flagging tape.

We have a lot of snow this year; 83″ up by 24 inches over the normal total of 59″ for this time of year.  Additionally, we haven’t had stretches of warm weather so it is laying deep in the woods an estimated 35″ for our intended destination.

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The woods were a nice mix of spruce trees, maple, beech and birch.  Even with snowshoes we would sink 12′ into the snow and if we accidently stepped near a little spruce one leg would punge thigh deepp.

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We had an approximate idea of our route and consulted our map frequently.

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We continually looked for the supposed flagging tape which indicated the secret fisherman’s trail, but realized we may have been looking at eye level by habit when, in fact, the markers were at snow level (or below).

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During our lunch break we assessed our situation and decided our actual route was no way near the trail.

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We turned around and headed out covering the trail out in 50% of the time it took us to hike in.

On the way out we stopped to examine the largest maple canker I have ever seen.

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