Saturday, July 24, 2010
7/23/10 Canon Brook and Pothole Trails
Still hot but lots of water for Kelley. We started from the Canon Brook trail head on Rte. 3 and soon crossed a beaver pond where Kelley got her first swim.
After the intersection with the A. Murray Young Path, the Canon Brook follows the stream up to the Cadillac S. Ridge Trail. This is a fairly steep climb over rocks and sheer granite ledges that when wet, like today, are slippery. Some of the rocky sections pose problems for Kelley but she usually solves them. Today she just sat and wouldn't proceed so I had to climb back down and bushwhack with her up a steep wooded slope. This was the only difficult part of the hike.
At the Featherbed she had another swim before we headed down via the Pothole Trail which has sections of open granite but also small streams and pools.
When we reached Otter Creek we were a little downstream from where we cross.
After crossing we had lunch and then took the extension back to the Canon Brook Trail and returned the way we had come. Near the end was another opportunity to get wet.
And, of course , there was still the pond before the hike ended. Pretty good hike 3-1/2 hours