With last weekend’s significant snowfall, I have been awaiting this weekend to get out and enjoy some additional ski touring for the season. Unfortunately, since then the temps have been near or in the 40s and sunny days have taken a toll on all that fresh powder snow.
Nevertheless, I headed to Historic Champlain Canalway Trail for an outing. No such luck.
I was greeted with this sign at the entrance to the trail from the northern end parking lot off Upper Newtown Road –
So, on to plan B. I drove over to the southern trailhead of the Zim Smith Trail off Coon’s Crossing Road. Upon my arrival, two snowmobilers were reviewing the trail map and another pair of snowmobilers were making their way to the trail by way of shoulder of Coon’s Crossing Road. After they cleared out, I skied westerly with a yet unknown destination in mind along the trail.
I had not traveled very far and crossed paths with this litter chatterbox –
Nicely tracked (from snowshoers) trails winding through Ushers Road State Forest
Winterberry fruit frequently found along all trails at Ushers Road State Forest
Old grove of large Eastern Hemlock trees near intersection of spur trail and loop trail at Ushers Road State Forest
View along southern segment of loop trail at Ushers Road State Forest
“Snow fleas” were very prevalent along the spur trail and also along the southern segment of the loop trail at Ushers Road State Forest. Watch a very brief video from today. (Read more about them here.)
View along northern segment of loop trail at Ushers Road State Forest
Young grove of small Eastern Hemlock trees along north segment of loop trail at Ushers Road State Forest
Grove of large Eastern White Pine trees along north segment of loop trail at Ushers Road State Forest
Young grove of seedlings and other small Eastern White Pine trees along spur trail on the way to Zim Smith Trail.
View along Zim Smith Trail near Ushers Road State Forest
I had no difficulties maintaining my speed below the stated limit.
Trailside amenity complements of The Mill on Round Lake
I saw/heard: Pileated, hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers; tufted titmouse; American robins, white-breasted nuthatches; American goldfinches; black-capped chickadees; American crows; mourning doves; blue jays; red squirrel; Eastern cottontail rabbit; and a northern mockingbird.
In all, I skied to the Village of Round Lake (with a detour to ski the trails at Ushers Road State Forest) and back (with a second detour to ski the trails at Ushers Road State Forest). What a gorgeous day to be outside!
Hope you find an opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature this weekend. Happy trails!