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Stonewall Trail, Moreau State Park ~ Feb 26, 2016

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber



Thirteen Crooked Caners were on hand for this unscheduled Friday hike at the end of Hawk Road and they were glad they were. Blue skies, warm sun, wind above the trees but only a gentle breeze below accompanied them along this peaceful loop. Microspikes were essential for the walk up the iced over dirt road. Even the turkey tracks led to the side where some soft snow gave purchase for their grasping toes. Most of us were content to keep the spikes on for the entire hike, since we occasionally encountered icy puddles and streams. As we descended to our lunch log bright views of the Hudson River showed large patches of open water. Lunch was spiced up with conversation, views across the river of the cliffs above the spring, and delicious ginger cookies offered by Fran. As the trail looped away from the river, we encountered a lush patch of ground cedar, princess pine and a couple of stone foundations and wells. The trail now ascended old logging roads bordered by stone walls, through open forest and groves of hemlock and beech. After crossing the road to the dam, the trail led past a swamp, down across a creek and up to a park map and the icy dirt road. Walking back on Hawk Road to the cars, we discovered two streams tumbling and gurgling down the hill, a sure sign of spring. Thank you to Diane, Shelly, Fran, Ed, Don, Ron, Denis, Joy, Katy and welcome to Margaret and Lori for joining us. A special thanks to Sam for showing us this trail last month.

19 photos



Assembled at the summer parking lot



Photo by Lenore



ice drops



Fran in action



Open water on the Hudson



Descending to lunch



Tree tallies



12 bumps on the lunch log



Beaver lunch log



Hikers with Moreau cliffs across the river



Ed and Ron admiring the well-constructed foundation



Lori, the tree elf



Old well



Section of miles of stone walls



Fall and winter



Here's looking at you



Jack celebrates successful icy stream crossing



Where did we go?



Spring stream



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