HOUR POND, Siamese Ponds Wilderness - skiing, hiking.
April 28, 2016 - Hike from 13th Lake on the newer red trail off from the Peaked Mtn Pond trail, 500' gain in 1 mile. Checked out the campsites at the pond. Flowering: yellow violets, spring beauties; purple trillium just starting to come out. Some mud, but not too bad. 8.2 miles, 5.5 hours.
Jul 20, 2008 - THIRTEENTH LAKE paddling & HOUR POND hiking. Raining often. Paddle 1 mile down the lake & start the hike on the new red-marked trail. Gain 500' in ~1mile. Join yellow trail from Puffer Pond Trail at 1.8 miles then it is 0.8 miles to Hour Pond which incl. crossing an old overgrown beaver dam. A peaceful wilderness destination. New leanto half way up E side has some trash already, carried some out. 1.4 hr. hike from 13th Lake, 1.1 hrs for the return. Red efts. Cruised the rest of 2 mile long 13th Lake which is mostly state land - misty mountains. Osprey, merganser family, 3 adult loons & 1 chick. 5.5 hours. Light mosquito activity off the water, mostly in leanto. Bell Merlin II, a 15' composite solo canoe.
Jan 6, 2008 - HOUR POND from 13th Lake. Siamese Ponds Wilderness xc skiing. Took Puffer Pond Trail from Old Farm Clearing, very scenic as one climbs up along Hour Pond Outlet. 1.5 mile trail to Hour Pond is unmarked. Drop down to a stream crossing & the unmarked trail goes L ( a new red trail goes NNE to intersect the Peaked Mtn Pond Trail not far from 13th Lake), across a beaver dam, goes SW for a bit before turning NW & N. Bullhead Mtn rises 1,200' to the W but was in the clouds, Hour Pond Mtn to the N; there is a new leanto on the E shore of the pond. A bat flew by at the pond & snowfleas seen on the snow (those tiny black specks move). Fun run out. Very good base with a few inches of wettish powder - ~20" total. Temp in the 30's. 8.5 miles, 6.5 hours.