What I planned is pictured in orange. I nice short hike of about 1.25 miles with lots of time for exploring and photographing the remains of an Irish settlement that was occupied from about 1861 to 1918.
What we did instead is pictured in blue. It required some adrenaline-inspired driving, was much more physically demanding, and did not get us to the settlement. It was delightful, never-the-less.
I wish you could hear this creek.
Our favorite trail to ski is the Ridge Trail, approximated on the map with the blue line, a little over 6.5 miles. It starts at the Ranger Station and ends at the Susquehannock Lodge. This year, the snow conditions were not good to take that trail. Ice beneath a thin layer of snow gave the ski poles no purchase. As my friend put it, we could have endured the trail, but we would not have enjoyed it.
Luckily, we ran into some “regulars” – trail users who knew alternatives. They suggested that we take the logging road instead. It was wide and groomed and the snow was perfect. It is pictured in the map with an orange line. We skied out and back for a total of about 5.5 miles.
Me and My Shadow
It was a champagne day on the trails. Just delightful! We enjoyed it!