GARNET LAKE paddling, camping, hiking & skiing.
May 9, 2019 - GARNET LAKE. Great loonacy! Saw a group of 6 loons that all took off - suspect they were on their way to Canada. Regardless, the resident loons were often in sight or sound. Also mergansers, osprey. buffleheads, C geese, mallards, yellow-bellied sapsucker & nesting (20' up a dead tree) wood ducks; sounds of coyotes & barred owls. Flowering: maples, yellow violets, spring beauties, coltsfoot and purple trillium just opening up; fiddleheads. No biting bugs as of May 9 altho I think I may have seen a couple black flies & mosquitoes.
May 12, 2017 - MUD POND & ROUND POND hikes from Mud Lake Rd (a 0.9 mile dirt road). 150 yard downhill walk to MP. Yellow trail marker at start (0.65 miles up ML Rd), no more needed after that. An old rowboat at the water so I went back to the Nehasanemobile & grabbed a canoe paddle & PFD. Regrettably the boat leaked & was a pig to paddle so I soon turned back - had about 1 gallon of water in it when I got out. From the end of the dirt road the newly-marked trail (yellow) bears L, gains 100' then drops the same, reaching Round Pond in 0.6 miles. Before crossing a beaver dam I took a L & soon reached the wide marsh at the mouth of Mud Pond Outlet. Had to bushwhack (a bit wet) & cross 3 channels on small beaver dams to reach Stony Point on the E shore - there is a nice campsite here. Rested & watched a pair of loons. Back to the yellow trail then along the N shore until I reached yesterday's turnaround spot. Overall, a much easier way to access RP than the trail from Garnet Lake. Some blackflies, not biting. 2.4 miles.
May 11 - ROUND POND hike from Garnet Lake. Wilcox Lake WF in the southern Adirondacks. 2.3 mile trail from GL to RP, lots of new yellow markers. Elevations 1,500'-2,100'. RP is far from round. New markers continue NE along the shoreline with nice views along the way: Wolf Pond Mtn to the SE, Long Tom Ridge to the SW. Lunched on a peninsula/island that juts out onto the pond. New trail links to the old path from Mud Lake Rd. Lots of wildflowers along the way: purple trillium, Dutchman's breeches, sessile bellwort, Solomon's seal, billions of spring beauties; shadbush & hobblebush also flowering. 6.3 miles, 4.6 hours.
In the Adirondack Park, there are 43 Mud Ponds, 21 Long Ponds, 16 Clear Ponds, 16 Round Ponds, 14 Lost Ponds, 14 Rock Ponds, 14 Deer Ponds, 13 Grass Ponds, 12 Buck Ponds, 10 Lily Pad Ponds & 10 Bear Ponds.
GARNET LAKE. GL has 3 primitive campsites along the access road (outhouses need work or need to be moved) & several more out on the lake. S half of the 2-mile-long lake is state land, some cottages in the N half. Blackflies were out by late morning but not too hungry, quite bearable, generally 0-20 flies around me in the pm - one bit me & no longer lives.. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s, lows in upper 30s. 5 loons (a pair & a threesome). A black & white warbler explored a dead birch next to me.