YBS, Xi and I were interested in cross-country skiing or snow shoeing, so we headed north to Clarence Fahnestock State Park, which has a winter park featuring groomed trails and gear rental. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, close to 11:00 a.m., the man at the gate told us that the parking lot was full and that they had rented all the ski gear. Disappointed, we drove southwest on Route 301 a half mile and decided to hike a bit.
We started out exploring Conopus Lake, to the north of Route 301, joining a number of skiiers and at least one ice fisherman who were enjoying the lake, which had several inches of powder over thick ice:
One of my roommates lent me his snow pant bibs, which came in very handy. I’ve never worn any before, but I enjoyed both the insulation and the waterproofing.
I try making a snow angel. Xi was a prettier snow angel, but I’m not sure that she wants me to post her photo.
After an hour or so on the lake, we left and crossed to the south of Route 301, hiking southwest on the Appalachian Trail.
After about three-quarters of a mile we stopped for lunch:
It was a sunny day, with a clear blue sky:
After a mile on the Appalachian Trail, we turned left onto a blue-blazed park trail, hiking roughly northeast back toward Route 301:
Even though Conopus Lake had been frozen, we did find a few streams that still had running water:
Some tracks diverted southeast. This was apparently the green-blazed park trail, though at the time I didn’t see any blazes.
We continued on the blue-blazed trail, however.
A fallen tree:
Another fallen tree frames a depression:
We only hiked about 2.5 miles on the Appalachian Trail and blue-blazed trail, and maybe we covered another mile at Canopus Lake. It’s much harder work to hike in snow than on hard-packed ground, so even though we were only at the park about three hours and didn’t cover many miles, it was still a fun trip and a workout.