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Saddles Tract ~ May 2, 2018

Journal entry by Tim Ward

Surprisingly, on May 2nd, we had 13 people show up willing to risk all in a area well known to be notoriously over run by an out of control number of Big Foot.  Not only that but no sooner had we got under way we found ourselves bogged down in a swamp when it was noticed the trail makers had overlooked a dry ridge just 50 feet away as a better option, maybe typical in Whitehall. Thereafter a boring section was tolerated for maybe ½ mile then a pleasant dry ridge with views of the Taconics was ascended climaxing with a sudden short steep rise to the main white blazed trail.  This trail followed the main NE-SW ridge with good Vermont overlooks before it steeply climbed North Saddle Mountain with its surprising views of South Bay, Diameter and the impressive mass of mountains east of Lake George.  Because of the recent rains the brooks were full.  The South Bay Valley features many waterfalls from straight freefalls over 100 feet high to steep open cataracts several hundred feet high to so many more of every description.  Some day this may be noticed and more appreciated.  We descended to Lake Champlain and Devil’s Den, a terrarium like bowl featuring a curtain falls, deep overhanging ledge and a yew, pine, and hemlock rain forest below.  Another lovely flume stream was followed up to a woods road which we walked passing an abandoned farm to the Ward’s homestead.

The buds were all swelling this pleasant warm day promising a green explosion soon but at least the cool April allowed us to enjoy a rich carpet of varied colored mayflowers nodding in the spring breeze in season.

Hopefully soon this 2500 acre State Forest will have a more extensive well marked and maintained trail system.  The Saddles Lot, just like Whitehall, has potential as so many say.

5/7/18 - Diane Wisell added 3 photos.

5/10/18 - Wanderer . added 23 photos.

26 photos

Cliffside Cuties enjoy lunch with a view. - added by Diane

Tall waterfall on the far side of South Bay along a road named Rattlesnake Way. Really, Rattlesnake Way! - added by Diane

Bigfoot DOES inhabit the Saddles. And he was watching us! Just look at his snarly bad-frame-of-mind lip! - added by Diane

Beginning the long and steady “up” from the trailhead - added by Wanderer

Tim leading us thru the first obstacle of the day - added by Wanderer

Yes – there was more “up”! - added by Wanderer

Checking out the views east from the first overlook. I think they believe they could see Mt. Washington, NH if they looked hard enough. - added by Wanderer

View of Clear Pond (?) - added by Wanderer

Wetland alongside the trail - added by Wanderer

Checking out a small pond while enjoying a break - added by Wanderer

Trailside rock formation - added by Wanderer

Selecting the perfect lunch spot - added by Wanderer

Close-up of the fire tower and windmill on Black Mtn. - 7+ miles NW from our lunch spot - added by Wanderer

View NW across South Bay with the Mtns. on the E side of Lake George on the horizon. L to R – Sleeping Beauty, Erebus and Black Mtns. (please correct me if I am wrong) - added by Wanderer

Cliffs of Sleeping Beauty Mtn. – 6+ miles W from our lunch spot - added by Wanderer

Long cascade and waterfall across South Bay from our lunch spot - added by Wanderer

Cliffs of “The Diameter” from our lunch spot - added by Wanderer

Beginning our long and steep descent to South Bay - added by Wanderer

Another overlook – NNW view– South Bay below with Sugarloaf Mtn. in the distance - added by Wanderer

Continuing down – on a narrow ledge! - added by Wanderer

Hiker jam on another ledge - added by Wanderer

What was Scott thinking? - added by Wanderer

Massive rock walls lined our descent - added by Wanderer

Scott must have told Tim that it was the easy way - added by Wanderer

All we need is the epitaph to be inscribed – any suggestions? - added by Wanderer

Boardwalk to Mary and Tim’s place - added by Wanderer

Attendees:  Diane & Kurt, Margie, Fran, Scott, Jayne, Barbara, Bob, Denis, Dan, Jim R., Peter, Bigfoot and our guide Tim

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