I was a bit concerned about the first crossing at the dam but it was well bridged.
This is the only my second time on this trail and I really enjoy it to the junction of the KRT. Beautiful woods and easy grades. And as you can see the snow is still quite deep up there. I'd say 2-3 feet on average.
From what I've heard from a couple others, staying on the trail if unbroken in winter after making the turn onto the KRT, can be tough. But this group of skiers seemed to be going my way. They sure made my day much easier than I'd expected.
In just under 2 hours I was at the Terrace Spur then the summit.
I was a bit reluctant to do anything from my list and just hit something with 360* views because it was gorgeous Saturday. The views you get from East Terrace are barely 180* but nice just the same.
I spent a half hour or so searching out the views and taking pictures. There was no real good spot to sit and relax so I headed for the next objective. As I do now on all hikes, I checked the area on Google Earth to see if the were any hidden treasures. I spotted what looked like a small talus field on the S.E slope at around 3300'. I needed to add more time to this hike since it took me 3.25 hrs. to drive hear. So I set out to find this talus. It was tough going slabbing the steep south slope with the now mashed potato snow. It was an interesting trip. Only a couple involuntary butt slides. But managed to find it.
Need to get across hear without sliding.
Of course what I hadn't realized was that I'd have the exact same angle of views but at a lower elevation as the summit. It was still worth the effort though.
Being as open as it was, it got a lot of sun so much of the rock was exposed making it pretty easy to navigate. Even in snowshoes. Just above the talus were some ledges that on a summers day may have been easy to climb. They may have provided slightly better views. But with the snow and ice in spots it would not have been wise to try.
After leaving it was an easy walk in the great woods of the Kilkenny Range.
Started at 8:30am and was out by 1:00pm.
Heading back out on York Pond Rd., I noticed on my right about 1/4 mile from the trail-head, a water feature with a view of Terrace. With time time kill I pulled into the plowed end of a forest road, put my snowshoes back on and headed in. The road lead me to a dam and small pond on the Number Nine Brook.
East and North Terrace
Cabot, The Bulge & The Horn
Another great day in the woods! :-)