March 24, 2019 - CEDAR RIVER & McGINN MOUNTAIN ski, from the end of Pelon Rd in Indian Lake. Short ski on snomo trail then R on yellow-marked ski trail (look carefully for gnomes & fairies) along the Cedar River which was iced over except at scenic Pasley Falls (more like a Class 3 rapid thru a small gorge than a falls)(locals say "Pashley"). At 2 miles, took a L on blue-marked Elm Island ski trail (intermediate) for 1.5 miles then off-trail to the E on a defunct ski trail staying to the R of cliffs, mostly open woods. Climbed ~500' in 1 mile to the E of McGinn then made a steep u-turn to ledges near the summit (intermediate+). Great views - most of the peaks in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Moxham, Snowy... 100 yards to the N, there is a good view to the High Peaks from the true summit (~2,240'). Took the shorter yellow ski trail out instead of going back along the Cedar. 9.3 miles, 6.2 hours. Hardpack base 2'-3', but with the temp in 40s snow surface was soft - good skiing. My 1st edition NatGeo Northville/Raquette map does not show the yellow & blue trails but new edition does. Defunct ski trail is shown on the Dutton Mtn quad. No maps name McGinn Mtn.
Feb 26, 2012 - CEDAR RIVER & McGINN MOUNTAIN from end of Pelon Rd in Indian Lake Village. Excellent skiing on several inches of powder on good base. Snowmobile trail to Cedar River. Cedar River trail to Pasley Falls novice - yellow ski trail markers. SE (past an area that is recovering from blowdown from 1995 storm) to Elm Island trail marked with blue xc ski markers - rolling intermediate terrain. Abandoned ski trail up McGinn Mtn still has some yellow ski trail markers - advanced, used climbing skins to get up - a 600' gain in elevation in about a mile. A clear blue sky day & super views S & E from top of cliffs - Gore & Snowy Mts with the peaks of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness inbetween; High Peaks to N from a clearing at the actual summit. Tried a slightly different route on descent but went too far E & S & took a while to return to the EI trail - some nice skiing down thru open hardwoods eventually. Skipped the CR trail & took wide direct trail (yellow ski markers, some light snowmobile use) up then down back to start. Newest 2007 edition of Discover the Central Adirondacks describes all trails except the abandoned McGinn trail - older editions did mention it. Dutton Mtn USGS map shows the old ski trail around McGinn but does not name the 2,216' mountain. Nat Geo map does not show any of the trails!? 7.8 hours.


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