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Pilot Knob Ridge Bonus Stroll ~ Nov 23, 2015

Journal entry by Kurt Wisell

As Bonus Hikes go, this one was a real bonus as today was one of those rare and treasured November days with not a cloud in the sky all day, setting a perfect stage for our hike along the ridge extending from Pilot Knob Mountain to Lake George. Chilly at the trail head on Pilot Knob Road, all eight of us warmed up soon enough as we made our way up the old logging road toward Inman Pond. A mile and a half or so from the trail head we turned right and started our bush whack up the easy half mile to the col between Pilot Knob Mountain and the ridge. A sudden moment of excitement ensued upon Jan's spying a snarly bear peering from the entrance of its den. Hopefully she'll post a picture of it. Arriving at the top of the ridge and catching the first big view left everyone feeling fresh again after our climb and ready to park in the sun for lunch amid the rocks, grass and blueberry bushes.

Lounging about and enjoying the day and lunch, we were very pleasantly surprised by the lack of wind at the top of the ridge as we watched white caps on the lake driven by a stout north wind. Thanks to the lack of haze, we had truly outstanding views of the High Peaks to the north, Vermont to the east and everything in between. Recent snowmaking activity was noted on Gore Mountain where two ribbons of snow were very clearly visible.

Starting our walk down and taking in all of the many viewpoints, we encountered occasional patches of ice requiring a little focus to avoid going for an unplanned ride. The ice petered out after a while but not before a lengthy icicle was found and munched on for an equally lengthy period of time. The end of ice underfoot eliminated an inconvenience but was quickly replaced by pine needles and slippery oak leaves. Rounding a corner and getting out of the nice warm sun, we found a comforting cold wind. Out came the hats and gloves again. Descending into the valley, out of the wind and into the sun, hats and gloves were once again stashed until the next time they are needed which will probably sooner than later.

An excellent day for a suddenly dreamed up stroll, made memorable by Cathy, Lenore, Barbara, Jan & Jim, Neil, John (on his first Canes outing!) and an old snarly bear.

6 photos

First views from the top of the ridge.

Eight Crooked Canes enjoying yet another of this year's many perfect fall days.

John, Barbara and Cathy enjoying the view. Note that Barbara's interest is focused intently on the snow at Gore in the distant right of the picture.

Intense searching by eight sets of sharp eyes revealed one yellow trail marker that had escaped being painted grey.

Lenore scores a big early season icicle!

Savoring the last little bit of that all-day-sucker size icicle!

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